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The best composting worm species for vermicomposting

Updated on May 12, 2017
What is the best Composting Worm? Red Wigglers!
What is the best Composting Worm? Red Wigglers!

The best worm species when it comes to worm composting would be your typical nightcrawlers and red wiggler worms. But if you’re looking for the best worm type to help you well with the decomposition of your organic debris, then turn to the king of all wormery– the Red Wiggler worms. But other than these earth miracle workers, there are other compost worms that work well in the composting scenario.

Epigeic Worms for Vermicomposting

Epigeic worms are typically used for vermicomposting (such as the Eisenia Fetida for example). They’re the type that likes to settle on topsoil (does less burrowing), and likes to eat and live off of organic scraps. They also adapt well when placed inside a worm composting bin or worm bed.

Perionyx Excavatus The  'Blue Worm'
Perionyx Excavatus The 'Blue Worm'

The 'Blue Worm' Perionyx Excavatus

Blue worms can also be distinguished as the traveling worm or the the India blue worm. This worm specie is also native to the tropical parts of Asia. Also known as the Perionyx Excavatus, the blue worm can also grow for as long as 1 ¼ to 2 ¾ inches in length. These crawlers also prefer to be in warmer temperatures that range from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You can expect for these worms to also reach the adult stage between a 3 to 5 week timeframe.

African Nightcrawlers
African Nightcrawlers

The 'African Nightcrawlers' Eudrillus Eugeniae for Vermicomposting

Also known as Eudrilus Eugeniae, the African Nightcrawler is a tropical worm. It can stand higher temperatures provided that they are given with enough moisture (this only means that African Nightcrawlers will not be able to stand temperatures that drop to 45 degrees Fahrenheit). They certainly work well under damp and temperate conditions.

Mature Alabama Jumper or Super Red Worm
Mature Alabama Jumper or Super Red Worm

The 'Alabama Jumper' Amynthas gracilus for Vermicomposting

Native to tropical Asia, the Alabama/Georgia Jumper (also referred to as the Amynthas Gracilis) works well when used for composting in areas that are tropical and subtropical. Other than that, this large worm specie can grow for as long as 4 to 6 inches in length. It can also stand temperatures ranging from 45 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (but these jumpers usually prefer temperatures that are well under 70 to 80).

Red Wiggler or Tiger Worm
Red Wiggler or Tiger Worm

The 'Red Wiggler Worm' Eisenia Foetida for Vermicomposting

One of the best worm species would be the red wiggler worms (also known as the Eisenia Fetida). They have been recognized as the worm specie that can eat as much as half of its weight on a daily basis. They’re also the type that works efficiently in breaking down decaying natural remains; and turning these scraps into high-quality organic compost. So not only are they popular with producing worm castings rapidly, they’ve also been acknowledged as the very prolific kind (composting worms such as these red worms love to mate especially during warm conditions). Aside from that, worms in this form can grow for as long as 1 to 5 inches in length, and ¼ inch thick.

Did you know that you can still use the scraps from your kitchen or yard, and have these turned into a free source of organic fertilizer? With the help of 500 Red Wigglers, you can! Not only are they voracious eaters, they’re also the best kind of gardeners. Use these worms to your advantage by ordering 500 of them today (guaranteed live, and insect/mite free)!


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