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    Interesting topic! Keep in mind that over time a low PPM of RO water for example will quickly leach all minerals away I did an experiement, I water my orange tree with nothing but RO, weeks later it degraded because the fertilzer was gone and the minerals were gone with it too, added fertilzer and watered with regular water and it came back from a sickly state. I run 5-8ppm in my RO water. If you hate the blaring ness of perlite crush it up into fine grains (WEAR A MASK) this will mimic a peat/sand mix and you can "get away" growing sand loving CP'S in it. I have some pygmy's in both mixes and each group are doing equally well.

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    Were do you get "silica sand"?

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    Thanks Nep G. for the tips. I will take that into account.

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    I am guessing Home Depo, Lowes, or Mal*Wart...I never used so I can not really tell you.

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    Two groups of sources: Pool supply stores (used for pool filter media) and Sand blasting suppliers (many different grits used for sand blasting).
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Steve L @ Oct. 24 2003,15:37)]Travis, Anytime you would like to see the CP collections at Frederik Meijer Gardens, Just give me a shout. I am the Manager of Indoor Horticulture and in charge of the CP here.

    I think your problem may be with the peat and perlight. I know this mix works for some growers, but I have never liked it. I think it stays far too wet. I would recomend finding a good source of silica sand. and useing a mix of peat and sand. You can then add a bit of LF sphagnum if you want a coarser mix. It has been my experience that the straight peat/perlight mix is nothing but trouble. Good Luck.
    AH ha ha! I knew you would find this place eventually! I'm a fan of the collection [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Saw it first when it was still a bunch of odd pots shoved in the old gift/plant store thingy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I LUV your VFTs.
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    ... I know this may be moot by now, but I fill the pot with the mix and run tap water through till it's clear and then run .25-.5 of a gallon of distilled through... I also microwave my soil. Since I started doing both of those steps, I haven't had any algea.
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    Not meaning to bring up an old subject. But I have D. capensis growing in peat/perlite. Actually it is not the same D. capensis that spit out the fake seeds/dead flowers it was the D. capensis seeds the Tamlin gave me about a year half ago. So actually I have two different kinds...one seems red and the other has no color. Any who, I washed the soil many times and seems be holding a normal soil color texture. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

    Thanks for the tip Darcie - I may give that a try if this method does not work.

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    Since I started microwaving my peat, I've had much less algae, and far fewer fungus gnats and slime mold. It still feels odd to be popping a bowl of peat into the nuker, but darn it, it works!

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