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Thread: Strange topic - but does anyone else love the smell of peat?

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    ^ Hence your name

    I've always found the smell of peat to smell good. It's hard to say what it reminds me of that smells good, but I haven't potted up any plants in a while. Nepenthes nectar has the best taste and is one of the seasons I've always wanted a Lowii to nom on its exudate. The problem with that is they grow sooo slow! Orchid nectar tastes almost too sugary and is pretty discusting. N. X Dr. Bodie does make a good treat though .

    There was another time where I was forced to drink unopened pitcher fluid because of a horrible stomach ache I had (supposudly it has qualities to aid stomach aches... ironic right?!). It helped out a lot and was probably the freshest tasting "fluid" I'd ever had. The smell reminded me of when splitting a plant stem open and smelling the inner green bark.


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    I've had a similar experience with the smell of sphagnum and peat. I've found it intoxicating ever since I bought some of my first CP's from Home Depot and got a good whiff with my face close to the pots while glaring over the plants. I agree that it's not so much the smell itself, but the memories of the excitement I had over the plants when I first smelled it. It's part of the whole experience. As an asside, if you ever manage to get to the redwood forest in CA on a moist day, it has the same smell

    The slick nature of Nepenthes nectar is obviously addaptive, as part of the role of the peristome nectar is to make the peristome slippery when wet, aiding in insect capture. There are a whole series of scientific articles on the subject (I was going to do a study with one of my professors studying the molecular composition and comparison of nepenthes nectars, yet in the end my college didn't fund it ... But I digress). Nepenthes nectars on different species can taste quite different, and even peristome nectar vs lid nectar or leaf nectar, but the addaptivity of these differences has yet to be studied (also part of what I wanted to study)...
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    I was just thinking this the other day. LSM smells nice when its fresh and not rotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pineapple View Post
    I like the smell of dry sphagnum.

    That's earthy smell, but it is more pungent and smells more living than just dirt.
    Ive always been paranoid about getting my face to close to a dry bag of sphagnum. Was nervous id inhale the spores

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    Quote Originally Posted by richjam1986 View Post
    I've had a similar experience with the smell of sphagnum and peat. I've found it intoxicating ever since I bought some of my first CP's from Home Depot and got a good whiff with my face close to the pots while glaring over the plants. I agree that it's not so much the smell itself, but the memories of the excitement I had over the plants when I first smelled it. It's part of the whole experience. As an asside, if you ever manage to get to the redwood forest in CA on a moist day, it has the same smell
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    All of the above.

    I was just about to bring up the redwood forests. I had my head in my lowland terrarium, inspecting the Nepenthes seeds, and I noticed that exact same smell. It smelled just like the woods after a nice, fresh rain. Mmmm, mmmm! Now I want to go for a drive through Big Basin.


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    I think sphagnum smells great. Almost has a hint of tea tree or eucalyptus to it. The pre mixed nepenthes substrate that peter d'amato sells smells like potpurri to me :-)

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    When I open the cover of my tank the smell hits me like a brick, and its a bit unpleasant, but then its kind of a nice earthy, lingering smell...I like it!

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    My recent repot material was moss and small orchid bark, and it smells sooo good when wet! I think it's more the bark than the moss tho.

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