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    Oh, yes, I agree with all the above. The only thing I use vermiculite for is starting ping leaf pullings. Damp vermiculite is great for that.

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    I read somewhere that nepenthes benefit from minerals in vermiculite. That true?

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    I don't remember seeing it mentioned for neps. But then my memory isn't as good as it used to be.

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    Yeah, I haven't heard that either. Perlite works great for neps. My nepenthes mix, a combination of LFS, orchid bark, and perlite, is great and probably one of the most common nepenthes mix among Nepenthes growers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcal View Post
    I read somewhere that nepenthes benefit from minerals in vermiculite. That true?
    It says something to that effect in The Savage Garden. Pings and Neps benefit from the extra minerals and nutrients more than most other CP's. I also use vermiculite for ping leaf pullings. Works great. Other than for soil mixes for mexican pings, I also use vermiculite in Drosophyllum soil mix, and it works great. Haven't tried it for Neps yet.
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    Vermiculite has moisture retention properties comparable to peat (though not quite as good), and can help your soil to retain moisture longer if you're using a completely inorganic soil mix (again, as some people do for mexican pings, in particular)
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    Thanks for verifying rich jam. I thought I was going crazy for a second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richjam1986 View Post
    I also use vermiculite in Drosophyllum soil mix, and it works great.
    I actually emailed Peter D'Amato in regard to using vermiculite in my drosophyllum mix a couple months ago. This is what he replied with: "We no longer use vermiculite in dewy pine soils, it's no longer necessary." Same goes for his nepenthes and sarracenia mix. Instead, perlite is used because it has more positive affects I believe. Just throwing that out there. And, as I said before, a lot of the stuff in The Savage Garden regarding vermiculite is a bit outdated seeing that perlite has only recently begun to really be popular among CP growers, at least more so than vermiculite.

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