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    mirical grow

    so what would happen to some fly traps pitchers and sundews are lanted in the spagnum/peat moss soil from miracle grow??

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    they would probably die

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    Media for carnivorous plants should be mineral deficient, meaning now minerals, fertilizers or anything. Just use Peat moss make sure it has no fertilizer or additives, perlite nothing else. For nepenthes you could add some bark, for CP's like pings sand, and such. Research carefully the media for each type of CP.

    Just remember no nutrients, or fertllizers like miracle grow, thats why these plants are modified to catch bugs, because the soild they live is nutrient poor.
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    well none was aviable at the farmers marjet, lowes, or home depo....so it was my only choice, what can i do

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    Keep them in pure sphagnum while you get suitable peat moss Look Hardah!
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    Fertilized media will cause the same problems for CPs as dumping a big lump of Miracle Gro concentrate onto your tomatoes. There are way more available nutrients than the roots are designed to handle, and the nutrients react with the receptor mechanisms of the roots so fast that they burn out. Then the roots die, which stresses the plant and stunts it from growing. It will try to make new roots because it needs them to resume growth, but the new roots will have just as much trouble as the old ones and die, which sends the plant back into shock. Some will go faster than others, but that cycle will pretty much continue until the plant is entirely exhausted - or so is my understanding.
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    PS - Did you look outside at Home Depot/Lowe's? They sell peat moss in huge bales for landscaping, but a 3.5 cubic foot bale costs only about twice as much as a five-pound bag of the Miracle Gro foo-fah stuff they sell indoors with the houseplant supplies.
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    Until you get it figured out make sure to keep the pots wet and flush them at least once a day IMHO. If they dry out the salts will for sure kill the roots.You will have a little time I'd guess. Nothing to freak out about.
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    My friend used miracle gro once. He also overwatered the plants a lot, which may have explained why they survived for a fairly long time (the plants were S. purpurea, S. rubra, S. minor, D. capensis, and N. ventrata). It may also have been the fact that most were fairly tolerant sarrs. In any case, the D. capensis and S. rubra eventually died, but the rest he still has. Again, the fertilizer may have been leached out by the excess water, but this is just one case.
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