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    I just finished replanting all my Mexi-Pings. Ill keep you posted

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    CPK2,

    You might consider putting Wickedthistle's CSUF link on the Nepenthes section, so some of them can gawk at that N. merriliana pitcher. I have seen other pics of this particular specimen, but that pitcher is absolutely unbelievable.

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    hey guys,
    the mexican Pings that I have replanted arent doing too well. They havent put any extroidinary growth out. I have only seen small and deformed growth. I think Im going to replant mine in a peat,sand,perlite,vermiculite mix.

    How are urs doing?


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    I would like to say that what is the coral crushed used.

    I have check around my house (in France) what is crushed Coral sold for sea fishes aquarium.

    Most of the time, it is in fact "Maerl".
    Maerl is a collective term for several species of calcified red seaweed. It grows as unattached nodules on the seabed, and can form extensive beds in favourable conditions. Maerl is slow-growing, but over long periods its dead calcareous skeleton can accumulate into deep deposits (an important habitat in its own right), overlain by a thin layer of pink, living maerl.
    It is very rich (in its components) in Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Iron (Fe) and few trace elements.

    Mg is an important part of Chlorophyllum (word ?)
    Iron (Fe) is important for the photosynthesum with (N)
    Ca is also important for the growth of the plant...

    On the otherhand, you can also find true crushed coral (I thought it was prohibited) that is "pure" Calcium carbonate. Too much Calcium may leed to the plants "Sarracenia0" noted.

    "Pyro" may use Maerl in fact mixed with other components and give a suitable mix full of all nutrients for his plants. My question is also how long will this fast growth last ? Few month, one year ?. How will it old ?
    Many experiments interested to do "Pyro"...

    This is some ideas to discuss...
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    I have tried adding some to one or two of my pots, and I think it is uneffected so far, as the plants seem to be neigther harmed, nor greatly helped. Still waiting to see though.

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    Anyone here tried to use diatomite to grow pings? It is a kind of fossilized diatom (unicellular algae with cell walls impregnated with silica). I have used it on some pings delivered one week ago and they appear to respond well to it.

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    Here in the USA we call it diatomaceous earth and it is often used in swimming pool filters. It is a bright, white and of talcum powder consistency, composed of shards of very small silica crystals that were once the skelletons of unicellular water creatures called diatoms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]...diatomaceous earth ... often used in swimming pool filters ... of talcum powder consistency
    Oh, those that we get here comes in various sizes and range from 0.5 mm to 16 mm in diameter. I find those in the 0.5 mm - 2 mm size range quite suitable. Water also flows very well through this medium and offers alot of aeration for the roots. I think the stock here comes from Australia.

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