|My VFTs and sundews are in 50:50 peatmoss mixed with sand ('playsand' in a 50 lb bag from Home Depot). *I also use this for my mini-bogs.|
Works good? What is your secret?
|I gave up on all peat mixes a few years ago..|
I tried pure peat, and 50/50 peat and sand (never tried perlite)[/QUOTE]
I am starting hear you...I have bad luck too. I am thinking sphagnum moss instead. I was thinking at first sand and peat?
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With few exceptions Sphagnum moss is an ideal medium for most all CP. Yeah, there are exceptions, but as a general rule of thumb, mine is "thumbs up". Drosera love the stuff. I have the best luck with fresh live moss that has been milled in a food processor. Moistened dead moss will also mill like this, providing an excellent loose medium. It's also ideal for seed germination.
I generally use 1/2 - 3/4 pot of peat/sand mix that has been well rinsed, with a top dressing of the above milled moss. The live moss discourages algae and other opportunistic organisms. Pure LFS however is a little deficient in micro nutrients in my opinion. Although we stress the need for a lack of these nutrients in the mix, no plant should be completely without them, so I always incorporate some of this mix as well. After a season the moss will begin to make heads, and must be kept trimmed. That is the major drawback to the use of LFS: eventually it will grow, and then attention must be given so it doesn't overwhelm the plants. Live milled moss is good for about one season of carefree use.
I am suspicious of pearlite, since I always encounter algae with its use (unless it is a trace amount). I dont know why, but i assume there are more salts in the pearlite than are found on pure silica sand. I use it, but usually in drier epiphitic mixes, or in cases where aeration is mandatory. Some preliminary experiments show the use of red cedar or redwood mulch may be better as an aerator of the mixes. I am experimenting, and so far the plants are doing well in such a mix. It's only been about a year I have tried it though.
The "brownish/green" build up on the soil Travis mentions is an indicator that all is not well with the mix. Pots with this look should be watered from above repeatedly, daily, to flush nutrients from the media, otherwise there will be all sorts of negative consequences. A temporary topdressing of milled live moss may be effective in killing any algae starting to grow, esp. if watered from the top: the natural high acidity of LFS acts as an antibacterial agent, and screens the medium from light which favors the growth of opportunistic moss and algae. Generally, if the condition persists over 2 weeks, I repot whatever was in it into fresh medium since in my experience plants growing in that situation rarely prosper, and often die when their roots are attacked by anaerobic processes and harmful microrganisms.
i use a 50/50 mix of peat and perlite its ok to use but sometimes i get problems with it because alage sometimes forms , the plant get completly covered in it when i water them , its messy , and the perlite floats on the water so i am also thinking about repotting my plants during winter . all i can find at stores that can beused for cps is perlite and peat , i've found 50 lbs of play sand so i plan on using that soon but i really want to find silica sand . any body know where i can find silica sand , the next best thing to silica sand that they have at the stres is a quart bag of horticultural sand which ix very expensive and also does any body know where i can find lfs , i can't find it any where , i can only find in on the internet : www.mosserlee.com , but it seems expensive .
|Works good? What is your secret?[/QUOTE]|
... we're all asking ourselves that when it comes to WildBill's CPs.
There are a few sources of coco peat here and there. I'll probably put up a discussion of sources for media components on the NECPS page one of these days, after moving and restocking my growing supplies with some different things to try out.
Thanks Tamlin, goldtrap2690,and D muscipula, for all that information! How do you transpant a sundew (capensis) into a pot full of sphagnum moss? The roots are weak compared to a nep or the bulb of a vft. I could see dropping a seed of a sundew in sphagnum moss, then having the roots grow into the moss. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img] I had a heck of time transplanting my adelae into peat/perlite mix...darn, sundew kept on fall on the side. Transplanting is not one of my favorite hobbies...I will be transplanting capensis sometime soon. I have about 10 capensis in a 3 inch pot.