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Thread: has anybody tried using cocotek as a growing medium?

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    the key in your anole tank is the cypress mulch and im sure your ant plants havent been kept soaking wet 24-7.......used with normal house plants where it gets to dry out some or mixed with something like bark and it works fine......use it as pure peat with CPs where it is soaked constantly it turns to nasty sludge quick....
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    i knew it would expand but i didnt know how to break little pieces of it off so i threw the whole thing in one of those big tubs
    im using it with perlite. all of my plants are in the coco and prelite cuz i had so much soil left over lol
    i even did some leaf pullings on the pings
    what are the soils recommended for sundews and pings?

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    Most people use peat/sand or peat/perlite in a 50/50 blend but I've been using peat/cherrystone turkey grit for my few dews and pings. The grit being a tad larger keeps the peat more open and allows it to breathe. Perlite seems to attract algae, just like peat generally does but I'm interested to see if a more open peat mix won't foul as quickly. I consider a year in peat without needing to repot as being "successful". I really don't like peat. Basically if I want to be safe I pot most CPs in Long Fibered Sphagnum Moss.

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    just long fibered sphagnum moss?

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    For pots 4" and smaller I generally use plain shredded LFS for dews (not pygmies) and pings and baby Neps. My Cephalotus and Sarr purpurea are also in plain LFS. On bigger pots 6"+ it's a good idea to put orchid bark or shredded cypress mulch in it to open it up so it doesn't compact over time. I like LFS best because if it doesn't get infected with algae it can last a couple, of years.

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