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    A leuco by any other name would still be as gluttonous. CorneliusSchrute's Avatar
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    Alternative to Traditional Pots

    Being exceptionally "frugal" (read: meticulously cheap), I have been considering options for repotting this spring. I want to take down several community plantings/mini-bogs and pot out a bunch of Sarracenia separately. I was just about to purchase a bunch of pots from a vendor online when I considered an alternative: foam cups. I have read on other forums that some use these exclusively for Dionaea, and I have even used them for said genus with great success. In fact, all of my Dionaea are currently potted in large, cheap foam coolers.

    My lingering question then: how will tall (large) foam cups work for Sarracenia? Anybody have any experience here? The largest rhizomes of course would need larger containers.
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    I feel like they would end up being top heavy and therefore unstable, if the tray they are in has tallish sides though, I don't see a problem. I use styrofoam on almost all of my outdoor CPs to protect the soil from over heating in our high altitude desert sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey View Post
    I feel like they would end up being top heavy and therefore unstable, if the tray they are in has tallish sides though, I don't see a problem. I use styrofoam on almost all of my outdoor CPs to protect the soil from over heating in our high altitude desert sun.
    Exactly. The foam has many benefits. I will be using tall trays, too, so the top heaviness should be negated.

    Time to start chugging the 44 oz. diabetes-inducing Cokes from the gas station then.

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    You can buy a case of 500 32oz Dart foam cups at sams club for less than $20. They probably have the 44 oz as well, I don't go often.
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    I will investigate tomorrow! Thanks for the heads up.

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    Sometimes, the local grocery stores have them in stock for cheap, as well.

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    This is a typical fast food place 32 oz cup, with holes poked in at the bottom:


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    Proof is in the pudding! Thanks, Jim and everyone. I bought a big case of 32 ouncers and plan on grabbing some sixteens for smaller rhizomes.

    I will post some pics when potting time happens around.

    Thanks again.
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