I really wanted to get the full experience of growing phrag. besseae. One week in and they are all still alive and seem to be doing well. There seemed to be a myriad of options but I opted for a compot with orchiata, perlite, charcoal mix and a little dash of oyster shell. The annoying part was I the medium I ordered seemed to be several different sizes and I did not have time to get more uniform bag. Big thank you to Tom at Fox Valley and Ray at First Rays. This community has been a great resource for delving deeper into phrags.