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    if i did grow outside would they go dormant on their own??

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    Unless you live in the tropics, yes.
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    you think Vermiculite would be good for CPs? i use it in gardening and seems to hold moisture pretty good.
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    I don't remember why, but I always see perlite favored over vermiculite in CP literature. I think it's because vermiculite is hazardous to humans and animals. It should work, but perlite is just as good and easy to find.
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    yes Vermiculite dose seem hard to find at times.
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    Vermiculite tends to break-down over time into a fine particle sludge which compacts at the bottom of the pot--this can choke the roots of a plant. For this reason, I use it on only a few of my soil mixes (and not at all for CPs) and generally favor perlite. Perlite has it's disadvantages as well, such as a tendency to rise to the top of soil mixes. However, a disadvantage can be found with any component of a soil mix (as well as with any product per se) and so you have to simply weigh the pros versus the cons for your given situation. So to boil it down, I'd choose perlite over vermiculite on almost all occasions.
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    I like ceramic chips in favor of either perlite or vermiculite, but I'm still testing the waters to see if ceramic is really a valid replacement. So far, it works great with my succulents and a few Pings and Drosera I've tried it on. I'm even growing a rubber tree cutting in straight ceramic chips, nothing else. Still not sure about bog plants - I think ceramic might not have the best water holding capacity - but I'm hopeful because the ceramic stuff is just about unbreakable compared to perlite and vermiculite.
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