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    Are there any carnivorous plants that can not survive in pure spaghnum moss? When it comes down to it seems like every carnivorous plant can survive in pure spaghnum moss. Is this true? If that is true (to a certain point) wouldn't that be a good receipt for beginners (like me) than mixing soils from the start.

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    Travis, I believe the Dewy Pine, or Drosophyllum, likes a more base soil than peat, but I can't remember for sure. It's been a while since I read up on them, and i never ordered my seed.

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    You are correct Ram, Drosophyllum definitly doesn't like straight sphag as a media. Others would include Mexi-Pings and tuberous Drosera.

    Travis,

    In a sense you are correct that straight sphag would be the best recommendation for beginners, That said, it is generally easier to find good high grade peat than it is to find high grade sphag. Also, peat and perlite tend to be significantly cheaper than sphag.

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    Keep in mind that Peat moss and Sphagnum peat moss are the same. Just Sphagnum moss is usually milled sphagnum (long fibered crumbled up). If you are talking about pure peat, no plant does well in it.


    (Edited by Statik2426 at 6:56 pm on May 22, 2002)

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    I thought that sphagnum moss refers to long-fibered sphagnum and sphagnum peat moss refers to peat???
    Milled sphagnum is sold as milled sphagnum. Some cp's (utrics, genlisea etc.) grow quite well in pure peat.

    Using pure sphagnum all the time can add to a hefty sum&#36&#36 Plants like most pygmy droserae will not grow well in pure sphagnum as the medium is too loose. The same goes for petiolaris droserae that prefer very open mixes.

    A lot of cps can grow in pure sphagnum, but they could grow better in other mixes. Cps come from all over the world. One mix will not suit them all.

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    Plants that don't grow in pure Sphagnum :

    Byblis, Drosophyllum, pygmae and tuberous Drosera, mexican Pinguicula, Genlisea, Roridula, small Utricularia,...

    Cephalotus, Dionaea, "subtropical" Drosera, Heliamphora, Pinguicula, most Nepenthes and Sarracenia grow signififantly better in other media.

    I use it only for some big Utricularia, Drosera schizandra, some Heliamphora, one Darlingtonia and a few highland Nepenthes. I tried other plants, too, but for most plants it is not ideal.

    You can't use pure LFS in very big pots because it will rot very fast there...

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    But if you use living sphagnum in a large pot it won't rot! :biggrin: (That's what I use) [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    n.g : and HOW LONG do you use it .... [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]???
    and what do you meen with "large" ?

    just wait... !

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