Top 5 reasons why Texas Jumpers are my favorite worm

30 Oct

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1.  Jumpers are easy to care for.  They can be bin raised just like other species (red worm and European nightcrawler). The added advantage to these worms is that they can and do thrive in ground set ups like raised beds or planters.

2.  Strength-  These fellas can handle tougher soil types like clay and sand better than other worms.  This strength makes them the only candidate most worm farmers would dare add directly to the garden.

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3. They can take the heat.  In Texas I have to keep my reds and euros cool in the summer and sometimes a shady spot just isn’t cool enough.  They prefer the A/C and sometimes that is not an option.  My Jumpers are mainly kept in raised beds in the shade. With temps over 100 degrees F throughout the summer, Jumpers continue to reproduce when other worms shut down.

4.  Versatile-  Their strength and tolerance to heat make them more suitable for hotter summers.  Jumpers ability to be outside in raised beds or bins gives you the flexibility to try all sorts of set ups with greater success.

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5.  Performance-  Over my years of raising Texas Jumpers they have endured through some cold winters (for Texas) and some hot/dry summers.  Although the spring and fall can yield loads of eggs from the red worms and European nightcrawlers, the entire year production champion (in my experience) is the Jumper.

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2 Responses to “Top 5 reasons why Texas Jumpers are my favorite worm”

  1. Dale Robinson February 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    I’m not sure what species you are calling the Texas Jumpers. I can only assume that it is the Indian Blue Worm from the pictures and description. The Alabama Jumper is a different species. I thought I had the AJ’s but infact, I have the blue worms. These worms can take over a redworm bin rather easily. It is only the low resistance to temperatures below 45° that I can maintain a bin with redworms. Blue worms produce up to 22 eggs a week. The eggs hatch about 15 days after being laid.

    • Texas Red Worms March 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

      The Texas Jumper and Alabama Jumper are the same species. Not India Blue.

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