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Thread: Me, Mason, and Graham cracker visit a nursery

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    Supposedly, nepenthes can get calcium deficiency from the lack of calcium in RO water. As for the humidity thing, Rob said its better to have fluctuation.. he grows his plants with 60% day and 90% night humidity levels.

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    Nice pictures! That sounds like a super fun trip!
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    Makes sense since acidic soils generally have less calcium availability but can't it be supplemented through food or feed (MaxSea does not add calcium but DynaGrow does)?

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    Enjoyed the pics I was able to visit their nursery many years ago when I was about 13, and really enjoyed it. It was in the springtime with lots of colorful Sarracenia flowers. I should scan and post some of the old photos I have of the place .

    Did he mention any other negative effects of using RO water besides Calcium deficiency?

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    Did Robert suggest how you would know if Ca deficiency was becoming an issue? How does it manifest itself?

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    If I remember correctly he said that the leaves will become yellowish and weak.
    Don, yeah he said it can be supplemented by feeding the plant with calcium rich insects or giving it water with some amount of calcium.

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    Calcium deficiency typically occurs as chlorosis, distortion, and necrosis of leaf tips on young leaves. Now that I think about it the little lid syndrome maybe a sign of calcium deficiency. Just thinking out loud though.
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    Has anyone thought about reconstituting the RO water with some raw tap water before watering? This goes back to when I was breeding discus and mixed 50/50 RO and tap to soften water to encourage them to spawn. Maybe in the case of Neps, use 90% RO to 10% tap (ratio can be adjusted based on the parameters of your water supply) and thoroughly flush with pure RO monthly.

    Having said that, RO water is not "pure" water so some calcium may pass through.

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