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    Oh, but you forgot to mention what's the potting soil *in* the pots? I might actually maybe think about using your method in the future instead of my plastic pots...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thez_yo View Post
    Oh, but you forgot to mention what's the potting soil *in* the pots? I might actually maybe think about using your method in the future instead of my plastic pots...
    Hi Thez!

    Good point: The media is as open as I can make it. I have a hard time growing live sphagnum but some of it does manage to thrive. Instead I use re-hydrated long-fibered sphagnum - about 50 percent of the mix. The other 50% consists roughly of a mix of perlite, lava rock, charcoal and coarse and fine orchid bark. In some cases, I build the media up into a little mound protruding from the pot. This provides additional room for cooling and breathing for the plant - since nep roots are a little on the weak side. Eventually this too is covered by club moss which helps maintain the medium anchored to the pot and gives it a nice bonsai-like look.
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    Hmm... well, that sounds like my mix of lfs : perlite.. I'm a go! next repot... I might try that on a couple of my babies.

    Awesome pics of course didn't mean to just rain on the parade

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    Ah, I see! I had a feeling it would be because of your climate. I was just wondering, as I'm pretty forgetful when it comes to watering neps, plus I hate watching all the water just drip out of the pots unused, so I'm always on the lookout for something to make the job easier/more efficient! I saw someone using 80% perlite a while back, so that's next on my list of experiments! Your method probably wouldn't work in my conditions though- waaayy too cool and humid.

    I was also interested about the pots- I like how the moss grows on the outside, and I was thinking of growing some Darlingtonia in France, but it gets hot in summer, and I was wondering how well the terracotta works in comparison to a white glaze. Maybe if you can pull 100F off with Helis, I might be able to pull it off with a rare 40C every now and then. I have a few a few shoots to spare, so I can afford to experiment. (In northern England keeping such plants outside in the Summer is no effort, so I never considered/discussed it before)
    Thanks for the info! Eventually I'll have my own method nailed! Keep the photos coming!

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    Wow.. Can't wait for my (veitchii x low) x spectabilus to put on some size. Gorgeous!

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    N. aristolochioides (currently with six pitchers):



    N. lowii x campanulata (two different clones in one pot):



    N. fursca (working on two new pitchers):



    N. izumiae x TM (getting better every day. Currently working on two new pitchers):



    N x 'Lady Pauline':



    N. maxima x veitchii (I like the pitchers on this plant when they initially open):



    N truncata x (ventricosa x aristolochioides) (male, currently flowering):



    N. thorelii x aristolochioides (one of my all time favorites):



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    Quote Originally Posted by MH1 View Post
    I was also interested about the pots- I like how the moss grows on the outside, and I was thinking of growing some Darlingtonia in France, but it gets hot in summer, and I was wondering how well the terracotta works in comparison to a white glaze. Maybe if you can pull 100F off with Helis, I might be able to pull it off with a rare 40C every now and then. I have a few a few shoots to spare, so I can afford to experiment. (In northern England keeping such plants outside in the Summer is no effort, so I never considered/discussed it before)
    Thanks for the info! Eventually I'll have my own method nailed! Keep the photos coming!
    It works remarkably well for cooling. I would recommend that you get a pot that is capable of holding a considerable amount of media if your temperatures reach 40 even for a single day. Generally I can grow darlingtonia for the most part okay, then a single day of temperatures in that range is enough to kill all of mine. I think the best medicine in this case is preventive: Buy large pots that are capable of maintaining their thermal mass through a hot spell and be mindful of the weather and when it could turn deadly to your plants.
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    Beautiful pitchers! I love the N. izumiae x TM; I just ordered one and can only hope it looks half as good as yours.

    Thanks for sharing!

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