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Compost worms (Eisenia hortensis syn. Dendrobaena veneta) - 2 items

Your advantage

Compost worms are your ultimate natural recyclers! No other animal can cope with organic waste better than the worm. Our giant red worms eat dead plants and mineral particles. The crumbly piles excreted are more fertile than any other type of soil. These worms are ideal for fishing because the species does not start to stink under stress on the hook, as other fish worms do and thus scare off the fish.

Areas of application

Good for: humus, compost

Article / volume prices EUR
1) Compost worms (Eisenia hortensis syn. Dendrobaena veneta), 1 kg
From 2 items: 35.95 (35.95 / kg)
From 5 items: 34.95 (34.95 / kg)
2) Compost worms (Eisenia hortensis syn. Dendrobaena veneta), 500 g
From 2 items: 19.40 (38.80 / kg)
From 5 items: 18.92 (37.84 / kg)

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The Dendrobaena veneta, also known as the giant red worm or earthworm, is relatively large and very resistant. A real "super worm". It is increasingly being used for composting. The previous scientific name of this compost worm was Eisenia hortensis and is still widely used today.

As a garden worm, the giant red worm serves to improve the soil. It aerates the soil, binds heavy metals, creates valuable worm humus and thus serves as a natural soil improver.

The worm has 5 hearts and 6 kidneys, has a perfect nervous system, has no lungs and breathes through the skin. He avoids light, feeds on any organic substance in the process of decomposition, regardless of whether it is acidic or alkaline, and his digestive system is a perfect chemical laboratory. He enriches everything that goes through him. For this very reason, its waste is considered a high-quality organic fertilizer.

For larger amounts of hard material such as tree cuttings, we recommend not using earthworms but using organic composter flakes or Radivit universal composter.

A tip for anglers:
The giant red worm is also ideal as a bait because, unlike the commonly used type "foetida", this type of worm does not excrete any deterrent odorous substances under stress.

Everything you always wanted to know about worms:

There are around 3000 species of worms on earth, 39 of which are found in Germany. The different types of worms cannot be crossed. Worms don't have teeth. Worms are not pests, they only take in rotten organic material and turn it into worm humus. The worm has a front part and a rear part. A divided worm does not become two worms, and it is unlikely to survive if divided. Worms are hermaphrodites, but self-fertilization is not possible. Young worms hatch from worm cocoons (eggs), 1 to 10 pieces, depending on the species. Worms don't sleep, they are active 24 hours a day. Depending on the season and the weather, some species may take a break (cold or heat rigidity).

Application / yield

Put compost worms on the open compost immediately upon receipt. Please do not use any other compost accelerator if you compost with worms. Compost worms do not tolerate very high temperatures, such as those found in thermal composters - for example with fresh grass clippings. If you want to put worms in the thermo composter, please wait until the grass has rotten well and the temperatures inside the composter have fallen again.


Live compost worms. Depending on the size of the worms, the small pack contains up to 400 and the large pack up to 800 worms.

Note on delivery dates: We send living beneficial insects from Monday through Thursday to ensure that the animals are not stored at the post office during the weekend and are damaged as a result. Compost worms are delivered by overnight courier. Orders that reach us after the shipping deadline is therefore usually carried out on the following Monday if there is enough stock produced during the weekend. If there is a high demand, however, it may happen that we can only ship one or two days later, as living beings cannot be produced in any desired quantity at any time.


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Interview about the use of beneficial insects with the magazine "Gartenfreund"

The editors of the allotment association magazine "Gartenfreund" sounded out the strengths and limits of the use of beneficial insects in this eight-page interview. In conversation with the snail professional and one of the most important German breeding companies, a comprehensive overview is achieved for home and allotment garden owners. The interview is also available online on the Gartenfreunde website.