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    I am thinking about getting another vft, but I don't know if the soil I have will work. The one that I have I got from Lowes so I don't know what kind of soil it has. I have Professional Jiffy Mix made of peat moss, lfs, and 2% lime. It has vermiculite instead of perlite. Will this dirt work for plant? Any help will ba appreciated.

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    im not sure if it would work because of the vermiculite
    vermiculite contains some more minerals and stuff than other subtrates, making it ideal for mexican Pings and Neps, but i dont think it would work with VFT, although i might be wrong.
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    CP people DO use vermiculite. I believe it is made from inert materials. Lime, I've been told is calcium oxide. Calcium is not good for CP's.

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    Personally I would avoid vermiculite for Cps except in certain circumstances.
    Vermiculite contains some calcium and magnesium in it's composition. Because of this it has a pH between 6-9 when exposed to water.

    The jiffy mix probably also has added nutrients besides the lime and vermiculite. What you want is pure sphagnum peat moss with nothing added.
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    Ok. Thanks the help! I'll see if I get some long fibered sphagnum moss. Do I use live or dried? Is it ok to use peat pellets?

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    A lot of CPers also use Canadian peat. Good sized bags for only a few bucks.

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    I would go with either a mix of 50\50 washed peat,and perlite or sand blasting sand,optionaly topped with lfs or live sphag(this will help prevent rain from making perlite floating all over). Pure lfs should work well too,definately don`t use the jiffy mix the Lime and added fertilizers will almost certainly kill your plant!

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    Is it OK to use Growcoir mixed with **********s' soil mix? They say it's just like peat moss.

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