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2 Simple Ways To Make Ericaceous Compost (Peat-Free)

Ericaceous compost

Rising environmental concerns are driving many people to look for peat-free Ericaceous compost to grow their acid-loving plants. But, how do you make peat-free ericaceous compost? The best substitute for peat in making ericaceous compost is sulfur or coco coir.  Other biodegradable organic materials such as pine needles, pine bark, oak leaves, coffee grounds, vinegar, …

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Potting Soil vs. Compost: Know the Differences & Uses

Potting soil vs compost

Many people have used potting soil and compost in growing plants, but most people use them interchangeably without taking advantage of their characteristics.  What are the differences between potting soil and compost? Compost is decomposed organic matter or humus with micro-organisms that make the nutrients in soil more accessible for immediate uptake over time.  Potting …

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8 Proven Ways To Fix Hydrophobic Soil (Organically)

Fix hydrophobic soil

Having hydrophobic soil that repels water can be frustrating. But there are many ways to fix the problem naturally and organically. A quick fix to hydrophobic soil is using wetting agents to reduce the cohesion and surface tension of the water to better infiltrate the soil.  More permanent solutions include adding organic matter and mulching …

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Should I Soak My Orchids? (How To Do It Correctly)

Soaking orchids in water

Some people like to water their orchids from the bottom, also known as “soaking”, instead of pouring water from above.  This watering method can be quite convenient for indoor orchids and can save up on water. However, other people are strongly against soaking, saying it would increase the risk of root rot.    Whether soaking …

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Best Inorganic Media for Orchids? (Proven by Experiment)

Inorganic media LECA and gravel for orchids

More and more people are switching from the conventional moss and bark media to inorganic media to grow orchids, especially in a semi-hydroponics setup, to reduce the hassle of regular repotting, the cost of replacing media, and the risk of root rot due to decomposed media. Which type of inorganic media is the best for …

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LECA vs Seramis for Orchids? (Results from Experiment)

LECA vs Seramis

LECA and Seramis are becoming increasingly popular as inorganic media for growing orchids in a semi-hydroponic setup.  But what is the difference between the two and which is better for growing orchids? While both are baked clay, LECA has less than half the water absorption and retention capacity than Seramis. A LECA-only substrate can leave …

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