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    @lil' hokie:

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    @Not a Number: That's unfortunate. The brick of sphagnum I got has clumps that are on the fuller side, like the ones you have there on the left; but It does have a bunch of twigs like the one on the right. It also has some strange long, almost hairlike fibers in it that I pull out.

    I'm planning on growing my own sphagnum. I've got some one it it's way to me soon and I was planning on laying it on top of the dried sphagnum I've got soaking. I had originally thought of using it as just a top dressing on the soil. I grow my plants outdoors, and while Florida is a quite warm and a friendly environment for some CP's, the sun can be quite brutal at times. I figured that the black soil in the sun would eventually bake my plants to death, but green sphagnum would shield it somewhat, and give it better humidity control for the odd drought we sometimes get.

    I'm now thinking about trying to grow a bunch to use as my own soil media. Not only is that less Sphagnum out of the bogs, I can have better control over the quality of the sphagnum. I've also read about some who grow CP's in pure live sphagnum, and thought I may just give it a shot.

    Granted this is still all on the drawing board at the moment.

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    Yes, there was a lot of that hairlike stuff too. I looked as best as I could through the packaging to find the bricks with the least amount of visible crap and fluffiest strands of moss. Most of the ones I rejected were a lot worse looking.
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    Got to talking with Whimgrinder the other day in chat. He saw that I was trying to revive some dried sphagnum and offered to send me a live culture to get things going if I paid for the shipping. Also, noticing that I'm in FL, offered to send me a N. x Cathy Jo that he thought needed a more tropical climate to flourish in. He had to convince me a little bit (OK a lot) to take them, being a grower that is still wet behind the ears, I didn't think I was quite at the level to successfully take care of a Nep. I finally agreed and he shipped me the sphagnum, a N. x Cathy Jo, and an unidentified Nep that he slipped in as a surprise for me. He shipped them unpotted, and I potted them in a hydro mesh pot in a 1:1:1 dried sphag, orchid bark and perlite mix.

    Here is a N. x Cathy Jo:





    And an unidentified Malaysian species:





    And a sphagnum culture I got:



    A big thanks to Paul!

    I'll see if I can get some better pictures this evening after I get off from work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Got to talking with Whimgrinder the other day in chat. He saw that I was trying to revive some dried sphagnum and offered to send me a live culture to get things going if I paid for the shipping. Also, noticing that I'm in FL, offered to send me a N. x Cathy Jo that he thought needed a more tropical climate to flourish in.
    A big thanks to Paul!

    I'll see if I can get some better pictures this evening after I get off from work.
    Glad to know they arrived safely, David. Good luck with them! I'm sure you will find them quite easy to care for, given your climate :-)

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    They arrived perfectly safe. They are currently sitting in the shade on the same table as my VFT and capensis (half of the table is in dappled shade, the other half is in full sun). It was a nice warm night (65F I believe) with dense fog that they ought to have loved. It should be overcast/mostly cloudy for the next couple of days so I may not even have to worry about them getting too much Sun too quickly. I've got my sister on watch to get them onto out covered porch that faces east just in case the Sun does win though.

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    Congrats David!
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    Update:

    I've transplanted (heh) the capensis and VFT's into new, more permanent pots:





    I also took a chunk of soil from the VFT pot where the seedlings are and transplanted them to the capensis pot:



    My Neps also seem to be doing well. Here's the N. Cathy Jo:





    (sorry about the fuzziness, damn auto focus) The plant seems to be doing well, and the pitcher's peristome has started to pink up. It has even secreted enough juice in the pitcher to catch a rather large gnat! I did have a small scare with it though, It was really windy today and it kind of made the plant topple over in its pot. I picked it back up, put the rootball a bit deeper under and it is doing fine now.

    Here is the unidentified Nep:





    It seems to be doing OK, but all but one of the open pitchers' lids have drooped:



    That one pitcher is doing well, but the others all look like that one. The leaves are also fine, I don't think there is anything wrong with the plant. Is this normal?

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    Are those the ceramic pots from Home Depot?? I love those pots. For a while my entire collection grew in those pots (until they got too bg and the pots cracked).

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