Whot Worms To Choose For Vermicomposing?

It’s exceptionally basic for the new vermicomposter to solicit “What sort of worms would i be able to use in my worm container? They’re somewhat in no way different, right?”

No. Not in any way.

There are between 7000-9000 types of night crawlers, however just around 7 of them are any acceptable as treating the soil worms types. Also, of those, solitary 4 are promptly accessible in the US. We’ll cover those underneath.

However, before we distinguish which species are reasonable, it’s useful to see how night crawlers can vary from each other.

Fertilizing the soil Worms Are In a Different Class

Night crawlers fit into one of three classes dependent on their tunneling capacities and the conditions they possess: anecic, endogeic, and epigeic.


Anecic worms are solid, vertical and even burrowers who go to the dirt’s surface to scavenge for natural issue to reclaim their home, equipped for pulling entire leaves down into their passages which can broaden 9 feet beneath the surface.

Anecic worms like the basic nightcrawlers (binomial name lumbricus terrestris) are magnificent for your nursery soil since they are sufficiently able to tunnel in profound, minimal soil, adding to the water circulation network underneath the surface. But since they don’t benefit from the surface, they are bad treating the soil worms.


Endogeic night crawlers are flat “upper soil” burrowers who additionally once in a while rise to the top, but to scrounge for food. They work at shallower profundities in the dirt than anecic worms and structure less steady tunnels. Since endogeic worms burn-through natural issue well underneath the surface, they are likewise not thought about great treating the soil worms.


Epigeic night crawlers occupy surface soils, leaf litter, excrements, and other approximately stuffed conditions. They are not burrowers and would not get by in most nursery soils, particularly those hefty in earth.

But since they live on or close to the surface and will in general crowd microorganism rich natural squanders, they are brilliant composters. All fertilizing the soil worms types are epigeic. These are the worms you need to deliver worm castings!

Which Species of Worms Are Good for Vermicomposting?

Red Wiggler

The Red Wiggler (binomial name eisenia fetida) is by a long shot the most widely recognized and handily bought fertilizing the soil worm in the US and Canada. Like most epigeic worms, the Red Wiggler is more modest and less strong, and highlights a yellowish tail and banding all through its body. As it imitates rapidly, works in a wide scope of temperatures (55-95°F), and is less expensive to buy than different species, the red wiggler is the most suitable decision for vermicomposters. Expect around 800-1000 worms for every pound when buying Red Wigglers, which will go for $30-35 for each pound from most retailers, dispatching included.

European Nightcrawler

The European Nightcrawler (binomial name eisenia hortensis) is the bigger cousin of the Red Wiggler. It lean towards a somewhat cooler temperature so it ought to be viewed as a subsequent option, however it is likewise a powerful composter.

While the “Euro” is sufficiently huge to serve as a fishing worm, it additionally repeats less rapidly.

Expect around 300-400 worms for each pound when buying European Nightcrawlers. Also, you’ll pay about $35-40 for every pound.

Indian or Malaysian Blue

The Indian Blue (binomial name perionyx excavatus) is regularly mistaken for the Red Wiggler and is sold as a Red Wiggler to clueless clients. While it is an insatiable fertilizing the soil worm, it favors hotter, more heat and humidities.

It is additionally extremely delicate to changes in barometric weight, so it’s normal to see a mass getaway (or endeavored escape) in light of a moving toward rainstorm. In the event that your worms go ballistic like this, the Urban Worm Bag’s plan forestalls discount escapes through its zippered top and base. We have the Urban Worm Bag ready to move here in our store!

Presently most worm ranchers in the US don’t culture the Indian Blue deliberately, so it is hard to buy them. Yet, on the off chance that you discover a retailer who sells them, you can expect 800-1000 for every pound.

African Nightcrawler

The African Nightcrawler (binomial name eudrilus eugeniae) is an enormous treating the soil worm that can do something amazing somewhat more profoundly than other fertilizing the soil worms. Worm castings from African Nightcrawlers are granular and thought about alluring (to the extent that worm crap can be considered “appealing”).

However, “ANCs” require a lot hotter temperatures and may start kicking the bucket at 60°F, making them unacceptable in cooler locales without an atmosphere controlled climate.

As African Nightcrawlers work unexpected profundities in comparison to Red Wigglers, a portion of my clients at the Urban Worm Company disclose to me they utilize the two species in the Urban Worm Bag to extraordinary impact.

My Recommendation: Red Wigglers

The Red Wiggler is my top decision for a fertilizing the soil worm. It is a solid worm and open minded toward the broadest scope of temperatures, particularly exposed. Some vermicomposters without great atmosphere control have endured incredibly cool temperatures however are astounded to see flourishing populaces bouncing back in the spring.

It’s likewise the simplest to buy and is quite often less expensive than different species. It has my approval!

Much the same as with most things vermicomposting-related, there is nobody right answer. Euros will in general work in cooler atmospheres, African Nightcrawlers need it to be hotter, and Red Wigglers will in general do well in everything except the most outrageous conditions.

In case you’re now vermicomposting, what worms would you say you are utilizing? Also, how’s it going for you?

Steve will post here about worms and worm fertilizing the soil more later on. However, in case you’re keen on finding out additional, you can visit him at the Urban Worm Company for vermicomposting tips and deceives for the apprentice just as studying the business side of vermiculture and vermicomposting.

He’d likewise be excited to see you attempt the Urban Worm Bag, his texture constant stream vermicomposting receptacle with a lifetime guarantee that makes gathering microorganism rich castings a breeze!


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