Depending on the results you want and area you live in, the worm suited to your needs can drastically change. Choosing the right kind can be the difference between thriving compost and a failing one. It may be that you need one that that can endure harsh climates, can dig through clay, or can produce rapidly. These things and more you need to take into account when choosing what kind of worms to buy. Here, I’m going to show you the five most popular kinds of worms along with their strengths and weaknesses.
- Red wrigglers.
These are likely the most commonly used worm for composting. They have a big name in the worm community being that they:
Produce very quickly.
Eat a big portion of their body weight.
Are small and live closer to the surface.
Aerate the earth and compost very well.
Are small (around an inch) and easy to handle.
Can’t handle too much acidity and extreme temps.
Within weeks of arriving to your doorstep the worms will begin multiplying-quickly.
A mature worm and produce three cocoon a week and from that three hatchlings. Over a course of only a few months you have the ability to more than quadruple your little worm farm. Do you see the appeal?
- The European Night crawler.
This guy is closely related to the red wriggler. The main difference is in size, ranging from 3-8 inches long making it more ideal for fishing and tougher compost.
Slow at reproducing.
Slow at maturing.
Can take on poorer compost conditions.
Great for fishing.
These do take longer to multiply and definitely can’t take on the red wriggler as far as composting. However, it’s much more resilient and if you want a worm you can just throw on the hook this is your guy. If you’re tired of paying too much for worms to go fishing and want some compost benefits on the side this is a good choice.
- The African Night crawler.
He is big (6-8 inches long). There is not much to say, but this worm is for a special kind of person.
Good for catching big fish.
Good in warmer climates.
Good for braking down tougher material.
Produces quite slowly.
Now, this guy seems to me as one only for those going after the big game. Any fish smaller than that and it will be too big. It can compost, but they borrow very deep and thus you need a big area to compost.
When buying worms it’s very important to check the reviews from their previous customers. To tell you the truth most worms are the same where ever they come from. A red wriggler is a red wriggler no matter if it came from a big farm or a small one. The part that you do need to look for is the care that the people put into making sure that the worms get safely and healthily to your door. Some do a good job, but most don’t take the care in packaging or giving you the healthy worms you deserve. Here are a couple reviews from a satisfied and unsatisfied customer.
“I bought the red wigglers to help with my composting. They arrived quickly and in good condition. I added them to the composting bin and they got right to work. They seem much bigger and fatter now. I have been using their worm castings as I plant my vegetables in my garden. Very Pleased.”
“I ordered 2000 red wigglers from Uncle Johns worm farm. When they arrived there was only 320. They offer no phone number and the e-mail address comes back ...not a valid e-mail address. I am very unhappy about this company. I thought that since they were linked to Amazon.com that they would be a good and honest company. I guess not.”
“I read the reviews before ordering and worried about not getting good worms, but the great price won and i ordered them. I dunno what happened to other people but my worms arrived happy and healthy.”
These are all from the same product and as you can see they all have completely different results and attitudes about their purchase. So along with reading reviews to find how legitimate the seller really is check his or hers background because who wants to be the when ending up with a box of worm carcasses. Not me. Don’t feel like all the sellers out there are out to get you. I’m just trying to give you advice in that a little research can save some big disappointment down the road. Thank you for reading. I hope you have good luck on your worm mission. Any questions put in the comments and I will answer or try to link to some info that I’ve had success with.