05-29-2017, 11:07 AM
Join Date: May 2016
| | Re: Emersed substrate
DutchMuch, probably Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil, MGOPS for short. Many people use it with good results, some of the more finicky species will want something a bit different.
Personally, I make my own soil, but I'm blessed with a great native abundance of materials. In general, I use a 3 part peat, 1 part loam, 1 part clay for most of mine. Provides a pH of about 5.5 with rodi water. My more finicky plants get 3 part peat, 3 part leaf compost, <=1 part clay. The exact species will decide how much clay. The leaf compost I use comes from sumac, but almost any leaves will do. Maple is high in carbonates, so stay away from large amounts of it. Oak and beech are the most popular. You can use almost any stage of leaf compost, I use the black stuff right under the leaves on the top of the soil. That said, the bigger the leaf chunks are, the fewer compaction issues.
There are things you can add to loosen the soil too. Leaves as mentioned above, but also charcoal, perlite, and vermiculite.
What species are you doing?
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