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By Panman
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I got a lava rock at PetCo yesterday. I'm soaking it and I'm going to check that it wicks water. Other than that, is there anything I need to do to prep the stone?
By Lain
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I have no advice but I've always wanted a ping rock and happen to have a ton of lava rocks from petco. If you do end up making one please please please post a tutorial on how you did it!!
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By madrone
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I planted a pumice stone a couple years ago, and several soakings (to flush any minerals) and a couple wicking tests was all it took. I looked for (or made) a couple depressions and sprinkled a little media in the crevice, then planted. For less water absorbent rocks, I've seen folks use some sphagnum as a wick up to the plant.

Fun way to grow pings - look forward to seeing some progress shots!
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By ChefDean
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Panman wrote: Sun May 16, 2021 12:34 pm I got a lava rock at PetCo yesterday. I'm soaking it and I'm going to check that it wicks water. Other than that, is there anything I need to do to prep the stone?
You've been perusing the CPC page on FB, haven't you? There are a lot of people talking about their experiences with planted rocks there lately.
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By madrone
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I know - their videos make me want to take on all sorts of awesome CP-planting ideas. Still looking for an old clawfoot tub. ;)
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By Supercazzola
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I used pumice. Got some pings from @apollyon. Highly recommend his plants. They are best quality!
Leaf pulled some. I’ve got mine under yescom 225 lights, and have the pump on for 30 mins a day just to move the water around.
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I’m hoping for the moss to spread but it’s been slow to do so. Placed most of the pings just on the rock. A few I took the medium and put it in the crevice on the rock.
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By madrone
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Very nice Jeff -- it's like a ping 'rockery'. I really wish we had more temperate ping varieties available in the US!
By Adelae
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Mine are doing well on a lava rock from Petco. I will say that if you aren't making your own holes in the rock, it's easiest to get tiny plants or leaf pullings to stick. If they have more roots you'll probably want to make a bigger hole and pack them in with some kind of medium.
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Has anyone done this and combined pings with other carnivorous species? I'm also very inspired by SNW and am on the hunt for a few rocks myself!
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By Panman
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I got a rock at PetCo, have soaked it twice, and now I'm checking that it will wick water. So far, so good. I don't have a bunch of pings to add to the rock so I am going to try adding a cape and see how it does.
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