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Thread: Peat Free composts for Sarracenia

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    My acidic sand? I got it from my friends driveway in FL. He said these wierd palnts were growing in his drive around 1 part that was always wet adn they were D.Capillarius! Unbelivable huh! But He said take some sand for my CP's. SO I did and planted S.Leucophylla right in there. Pure acidic sand. IT was kinda bizzare to see Drosera in his driveway! I am just glad to report the Leucophylla is doing wonderfully!It is doing so good as a matter of fact that it has sent up 3 new pitchers now and 2 babies! :o IT is very nice to get free acidic sand!

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    If I had sundews growing in my driveway...:biggrin:

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    Wild huh! It was pretty odd to see what I though were sundews in his driveway! I asked him what they were, ( and he did research!) and surprizingly told me they were ( he pronounced it) Drooseeras Capillareeiuuss. But I told himthe correct term and he said yes, that is what it said on a webpage I found about it. I still was astonished to see sundews in his drive way. But, they were not in the way of his car they were more off to the side by the walkway up to his house. SO they were far away from harms grasp. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Check out the Moorland Gold on this web site. It claims to be a sustainable peat product.
    http://www.organics.uk.com/Products.htm

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    GOE, I think you found what we're looking for! The link didn't work, so I just did:
    http://www.organics.uk.com

    scroll down a bit and the product is listed

    has anyone here ever heard of or tried Moorland Gold? I really think it may work

    thanks so much GOE!

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    Hi Havron, that is interesting, your results would explain how organic material in the sand raises acidity because any decomposition of plant debris is going to release carbon, then any increase in soil alkilinity would drive biological activity, increasing the rate of decomposition and drive the pH back down into the acid range so the organic matter is acting as the buffer in the system. I wonder if you could use sub soil CO2 injection to maintain acidity? perhaps a very slow yeast generator would work, although I suspect that good old organic matter would be the best slow release agent. I would also suspect that your pH rebound after CO2 injection was caused by water vapor/particle contamination from the alka-seltzer water. As you noted it would not take much to swing it that far. So I guess that all things said that I will stick to the recipe that was suggested earlier using the rock wool absorbant and orchid bark for acidity for a peat free growing mix with the disclaimer that you will have to water it more often.

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    I am currently growing a plant of <i>Drosera binata</i> in distilled water infused with carbon dioxide, making sure it is well-fed, and will report my findings as time goes on. So far, after a few days it seems to be doing well, comparable to the plants I potted in 1:1 peat/perlite. If things go well, I will probably try this hydroponic growing method with a VFT and some other type of CP, and maybe I'll get an article in CPN! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hi Havron, sound interesting! what type of co2 generator are you using? how long does it last? what are you using to physically support the plant? looking forward to hearing your results!

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