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    Eggshells as a growing medium mix?

    Someone mentioned that eggshells are comprised of Calcium Carbonate and that it could be used as a soil medium for Mexican butterworts. Can anyone verify this?

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    Well, I don't know about pings but my grandmother used to use old egg shells in her media for regular-type houseplants.

    And that was in the "olden days"; 1920's and 1930's...........

    I bet some natural calcium would be fine with pings. At the very least considered rather inert by the pings.
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    oooo, im going to experiment with this one
    and what a coincidence, i can get a hold of a ton of egg shells.

    ~b

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    Here is something else you can try to ease into it(took me a while to find, but I remember this from many years ago). It's from a page on caring for Nepenthes:

    Egg shells - This is something an old woman told me once. She said
    that the secret to her beautiful plants was a biweekly shot of egg
    shell water. Making egg shell water is a simple enough task. First,
    take the egg shells of six eggs. Put them in an oven at 300 degrees
    for about 15 minutes. Take them out and stuff them in to a 1 gallon
    water jug which may be capped. Fill the jug with hot water and let
    it sit in the sun for about a week. After that time, shake the jug
    vigorously and water your plants liberally.

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    what if you boiled the eggshells? eggshell tea anyone?

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    I think there is too many easier ways to get calcium in the soil to bother with egg shells. You can buy calcium in the form of granuals, powder, and solid blocks for animals. It is cheap too.
    I have wondered about using crushed oyster shells, it would be easier cleaner and still has calcium. the crushed egg shells i am refering to are the ones used to substitute a chickens diet when they are laying eggs. I think i pay $15.00 for a big bag.

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    cracked oyster shells are cheap too and I use that in alkaline loving plants because it raises the PH making it more basic. I even added it to a couple nepenthes that are known to come from limestone areas. Campanulata (sp) and northiana Shoudl work with pings too. The power stuff would wash out too fast I would think but crushed egg shells is an idea too though. would eb smaller pieces than the oyster shells.

    than again your talking to someone who no longer grows pings.
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    I think it is a good idea since I used to grind up egg shells and sprinkle it on our houseplants.
    I'll try Griffin's idea to see if it really works.

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