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    I thought the NZ stuff is the one that won't come back to life(though it is so clean). Swords, does your top-dressing spring to life and start growing?
    Super sphag is simply chopped(or milled maybe?) NZ sphagnum mixed with perlite. Dean Cook uses pumice instead, so maybe he's one up on the original. Chopped would work better for drainage and having air pockets then milled, I would guess.
    I guess the point I am making is you can make your own. Outside of the Nepenthes forums, sphagnum/perlite mixes are probably the most common compost used for Nepenthes.

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    I've experimented with all the different sphags and found that plain, cheap Wisconsin stuff with the twigs and dead purpurea pitchers works just as well as the expensive stuff with Nepenthes. In fact, we grow our bicalcaratas in straight up Wisconsin Sphagnum Moss, leaves, pine needles and all, and they love it. I also use it as part of our regular Nepenthes mix which includes fir bark, aliflor, charcoal, x-fine pumice, and Canadian sphag peat.
    Leave the expensive NZ sphagnum for the orchids (We've gotten away from that too. We pot Phals in much longer lasting coconut husk chips/aliflor mix.).
    For what its worth-everyone has different conditions-hope this helps.
    Trent

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    When i went to Mike Catalani's CP Jungle that's all he used for the Nepenthes, highland, lowland, very rare, common, fussy, easy to grow, etc. They all were thriving in domestic sphagnum. I harvest my own and use it alone sometimes. Only problem i have is fungus gnats, but my gnatrol arrived today so now its my turn to be the pest! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I wasn't really considering Supersphag for a total substrate for any plant. I want it for experimentation and also for seed/leaf propagation.

    I have tried milling my own sphag but the long pieces get stuck on the blender blades and nearly fry the motor. I can see various grades of sphag for various uses. But there are times you want a super clean, super fine media so I'd like to see what its like.
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