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    A coarse sand helps with some of those sand drainage issues. A good coarse sand is well draining and does not leave moisture cloying around the roots...plus it does not wash out the bottom of a pot the way finer sand does.

    I use coarse sand (mixed with perlite and peat) with my cephalotus and have had no root rot problems.

    Pretty much experimenting with different mixes will give you your answer as to best media. What works well for one person might not work for another. But its always interesting to hear who prefer what and why. Good way to pick up some tips.

    I use pure LFS for other plants like my D. adelae. I also use charcoal in some of my pots.
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    Okay, please correct me if I'm wrong but I think I have it figured out. Perlite tends to keep the growing media moist while Silica Sand and Charcoal tend to dry it out. Since I'm in an area of low humidity I'm going to use a media of 50% P.Moss 25% Silica Sand and 25% Charcoal to keep my growing media on the dry side. Please let me know if this is a good idea? I have a Pink VFT,which cost me a lot of money, not doing so well and I want to move it from a pot of 50%P.Moss 50% Perlite to 50% P.Moss 25%Silica Sand and 25% Charcoal.
    Thank you again to everyone, you guys are great!
    Giovanni

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    Where is Andrew? He lives in freakin' Arizona...Land of the Dry. lol He should be able to help you out although he does have greenhouses of course. But I think he will remember his pre-greenhouse days when he was just a lowly forum peon and not the owner. hehe
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    I don't think those elaborate soil amendments are really required. I live in the high desert south east of Mojave and I grow VFTs outside in 50:50 peat and perlite with sphagnum moss as a top dressing year round. It has gotten up to 110F and almost 0% humidity at times and they still live through it.

    If you are keeping them in pots they are going to dry out no matter what soil mixture you have, so frequent waterings will be required. The key is to just check the soil and see if it needs water. At first it will be hard to know, but after a while you will be able to just stick your finger in the pot and tell if it needs water. Sometimes, you can even tell based the pot's weight.
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    Joosa, Thank you for trying to help me but Prescott is NOT in the high desert. It's 6,000 feet above sea level.

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    Just to give everyone an update. The 1 year old Red Dragon that I planted in a mix of 50% Peat and 25% Perlite 25% Charcoal is doing great. I'm growing it with a dome so maybe that has something to do with it but after one week of being planted, new shoots are starting to show and that's a great sign. Red Dragons seem to be the hardest VFT to grow for me.

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    Steve Doonan grows his flytraps near Portales, New Mexico - elevation 4009 ft above sea level. He's a member here but I forget his user name. Forum rules prevents me from giving links to his site (he sells VFTs) which has tips for growing CPs in exactly the conditions (dry high altitude) you have.

    You could go over to the ICPS forum and see the thread on the subject there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by italo.america View Post
    Ciao Everyone,

    I'm using a new growing medium of 50% Peat Moss,25% Perlite, 13% Silica sand and 12% Charcoal. Please let me know what you think. This is my grow list if anybody wants to trade and thank you in advance for any useful information!

    Giovanni

    VFT: Typical, Royal Red, Big Mouth, Pink, Dente, Dutch, Fang, Cross Teeth and Red Dragon.

    Nepenthes madagascariensis
    hey giovanni you sohuld make a growlist and put a link to it instea dof puting hte plants oyu have as your signature cause evnetually it willl grow and be a bit mcuh for a siggy.
    yeha no need to get fancy for vft's jsut use a 50/50 mix peat moss and perlite.
    view my growlist
    http://grwlist.notlong.com

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