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10-08-2001, 06:24 PM
Is perlite dangerous to any CP's at all. Particularly Nepenthes I heard that after a while you must change you soil mix if it has perlite in it because after it has a while to age it starts to emit floride or florine. Is this true or is it a lie? Thank you nepenthes gracilis
I have not heard that one. We do not change our soil out that much. Maybe once a year OR just when it gets 'funky'
10-09-2001, 07:19 AM
Ok I thought it was fake too. I however will wait for a few more responses.
10-10-2001, 12:53 PM
I have never seen any problem in the las 15 years i have been growing Nepenthes or Sarracenia's. I have seen some species not to like inorganic medium such as perlite or vermiculite such as N. Judith Finn and S. Pupurea.
10-10-2001, 02:22 PM
I know about thoses two plants but I do not cultivate Njudith finn so it dosen't apply to me.
We have perlite in both of those species that you mentioned ( N.Judith Finn and S. Pup ). I have had no problem.
10-14-2001, 12:59 AM
I grow plenty of N. x Judith Finn (spathulata x veitchii) using perlite in the mix with no trouble whatsoever. They are all very healthy. I have never had any trouble with S. purpurea with some perlite in the peat mix either.
10-16-2001, 06:10 PM
I grow nearly all my cp, except for very tiny ones, with perlite. I think it's great for aerating soil. It can get rather hot in the summer for my potted cp outdoors and perlite is great for getting some air penetration into the mix. Osmunda fiber works well on larger plants also. I only add perlite to the botton half of soil for smaller plants, though, because it can distract from the beauty of a tiny plant. It always seems like rain washes the perlite to the top, however...
10-16-2001, 06:11 PM
Hey I just noticed I've got 3 dots! Sorry I'll shut up now!;)
10-16-2001, 06:17 PM
Thanks everyone I will use it regularly as I always do! I just take precautions to my beloved plants and true friends. Okay so I'm a little wierd and deeply attached to them. Nep.G.
10-16-2001, 10:03 PM
Join the club!:)
I too have trouble coping with the loss of a plant. Anyway, good luck with perlite!
10-17-2001, 05:52 AM
Thanks Chris. Even if I am a little wierd I am stil a CP grower and collector! Nep.G.
04-10-2006, 09:45 AM
Some information about perlite...
04-10-2006, 09:50 AM
How do people find these 4+ year old posts? lol I'll have to check that link ou.....
hey is silica sand better or worse?
04-10-2006, 12:32 PM
I don't think silica sand degenerates at all, but you should avoid breathing the dust from it (like pretty much everything else media-wise)
04-10-2006, 01:51 PM
Silica is pretty inert (doesn't react with many things or reacts very slowly). Just think about glass windows when you think of silica.
04-10-2006, 06:36 PM
Wow..this is a relic.
04-10-2006, 09:20 PM
Dang,did we take a time warp?Holy dead post Batman!LOL http://www.terraforums.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
04-10-2006, 09:44 PM
Man I hated loosing my P. clyoseta and first VFT... I Cryed my self to sleep... (over exaduration!)
04-11-2006, 12:19 PM
Quote[/b] (adnedarn @ April 10 2006,10:50)]How do people find these 4+ year old posts? *lol *I'll have to check that link ou.....
Why am I all of a sudden reminded of Spec?
I'm not nuts about perlite because it migrates to the top and has a fingernail on chalkboard quality.
Was that like Dustin's 10th post or something? http://www.terraforums.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif Who knew...
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