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    LFS
    peat
    sand
    perlite
    vermiculite
    pumice
    orchid bark

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    You can try this link to my a page on my site about soils. I don't state specifically the pros and cons, but I cover both sides for most of them.
    http://members.fortunecity.com/zongyi/SoilMain.htm
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    This is a difficult one to repond to. Here's an attempt:

    LFS:
    pro - great stuff for Sarrs and Neps
    con - buying it encourages the destruction of sphagnum bogs
    peat:
    pro - good for plants wanting to grow in muck, but I don't have any
    con - same as LFS, plus the fact it's a bad choice for most things it's sold for
    sand:
    pro - I don't use it, but it's great on a beach or in a sandbox. If silica/flint/blasting sand, it's a good base for an artificial bog
    con - awful in a swim suit
    perlite:
    pro - good for drainage and aeration and is very light weight stuff
    con - none, if you want drainage and aeration and light weight
    vermiculite:
    pro - good for drainage and water retention
    con - it can retain a deceptive amount of water
    pumice:
    Different people use that word for different things. I consider it to be a lightweight, coarser version of perlite (sponge rock).
    pro - like perlite, but even better. My Sarrs and Neps live in a mix of LFS & sponge rock
    cons - like perlite
    orchid bark:
    pros - sort of like pumice, but a little denser and won't float out of pots so easily
    cons - decomposes. Coconut husk chips (CHC) last much longer and retain more water. A blend of CHC and sponge rock was the home of a very happy N. x Ventrata before I traded it a year ago.
    Bruce in CT

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