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    question for the experts:

    what is the best medium for primuliflora? I have it in 50/50 peat perlite. Would it grow better in LFS?
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    Mine are in straight peat moss, partial shade, and are 5 and 6 inches across. Straight peat always works if kept soaked.
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    I keep mine in a mix of sand & peat, topdressed with LFS. I get the impression that this plant isn't picky about media. What I find more significant is watering ~once a week or when the container in which it resides is just about empty. This species is prone to rot ir kept too wet.

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    I have never really had a problem with rot. Mine is in peat with about an inch of lfs. I have water in the big butter tub all the time. It is at the level of the plant usually. Also mine is in full sun so that might be the reason it never rots..... it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.....I will need to repot it for the third time this year if it keeps up this way.

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    Sunlight definitely reduces the risk of rot, as well as exposure to the air. Our conditions are a little different, but we're achieving the same results. A lot of people either use terrariums and some see cottony growths.

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    Mine have been the opposite... the wetter the better. Drenched LFS worked best for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ July 09 2006,5:07)]cottony growths
    Well durring the winter, I cut back on the watering because they are in my garden window. That is the only time of the year that I get any growth problems, it is usually just cottony stuff on the leaves from what was fed to it. Also the window gets about five hours of sun, western direction. Now, P. lutea on the other hand, it always struggles durring the winter. Also, what containers are you growing your plants in Jim? Are they like the things you get strawberries in?

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    Honest, when I've read posts about this plant, some folks have said they just can't keep them alive, just like a D. adelae. This was a typical newbie purchase for me and maybe I just had "beginner's luck" with it.

    Anyways, coincidently, at one time I had that rigianl plant in a strawberry container, sitting in Gladware. For most plants I either use typical 2" pots or yogurt containers that I poke holes in or Chuckie Cheese containers, that already have the holes in it or plastic pipette containers, that are of versatile use (seed & gemmae sprouting, triage, general cultivation), and other things that I find.

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    They are currently in a Home Depot throwaway display tray, with 15 cells, sitting in a Sterilite container, open tray. The lower left shows the primuliflora.











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