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Thread: Tropical drosera and nepenthes together

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    I'm thinking about putting together a 10 gallon classic terrarium that will house both tropical Drosera and a few Nepenthes. I know that typically Drosera require a different soil mix than Nepenthes, so how can I pull this off? Should I just divide the terrarium soil up so that some of it's Drosera mix and some of it's Nepenthes mix?

    Also, does anyone have some good Nepenthes candidates for this kind of terrarium?

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    I would keep the Nepenthes in pots and bury them so they are just hidden.

    N. gracilis would probably be a good candidate.
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    I agree with Tony. The local children's zoo had a cp terrerium with a sad looking bical in it. The constant dampness the Utrics and Drosera were enjoying were not to it's liking-and it's probably one of the wetter growers of that genus.
    It kind of depends on the Drosera, but many will grow in any peaty compost or with sphagnum-which your Nepenthes mix is likely to have one or the other.

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    Hard to follow Tony and Joe, but my instinct is to acommodate the Nepenthes first, since they are more picky about conditions than tropical sundews.

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    You would probably have to have 3-4 inches of pea gravel on the bottom to let the water sit. On top of that would go a mix of 50/50 perlite/lfs. I think that would work.
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    Now when you refer to pea gravel, are you talking about just the regular stuff you'd use for say a dog pen? Would you wash it first or what?

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    Many drosera and neps can be grown in similar potting media, the key difference between them being how wet the medium should be. Most dews can tolerate being sat in water, while most neps cannot.

    That said, you could probably get away with using 1:1 LFSerlite or LFSrchid bark for both types of plants and, as mentioned, use thoroughly-washed pea gravel to sit the neps on higher ground than the dews. The pea gravel can be bought at home depot/lowes and should be washed well to remove the salts/dust/minerals that cakes the pebbles.
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    Would I be mixing the gravel with the LFS and perlite, or would I be planting the Neps directly into the gravel? How would I set the Neps higher via the gravel? I'm a bit confused on how I would pull this off...

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