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I believe NaN recommended a treatment with weak bleach solution to avoid fungus. Personally, I'm willing to take his word for it! I'm not concerned, to be honest. If I put in a 10% bleach solution, rinsed the media 5+ times after treatment, and let the mix sit overnight, most harmful levels of chlorine should disappear by then.
Sure, I'll try dechlorinator too just in case (there's a pet store a few blocks from my apartment; I'm sure they'll have some). But given the sub-optimal resources available to me in the area, I want to make sure I'm doing all I can to avoid mold, fungus, and algae.
Alright - I repotted all my plants out of the offensive mix. I had bleached the media with a weak solution, rinsed it 5 times in total with boiling water (including an overnight soak), and finally added a few drops of dechlorinator on the last rinse to get at any remaining chlorine. Let's see where this takes me.
i wonder if spraying the top of the soil with hydrogen peroxide would prevent algae and moss from growing for a while... ive done a couple of peroxide treatments in my aquarium before and it totally destroys algae on contact and stays gone for a looong time. the reason i suggest this over bleach is because hydrogen peroxide break down into just water and oxygen in a matter of hours. other than that, i would rather heat sterilize my soil than use bleach... i hope it work for you tho :P
You can discourage algae by simply spraying the media with plain water every day or so. By agitating the top layer of media you'll break the algal colonies apart and slow their growth. After a while, with the combination of algae pulling nutrients from the media and daily watering leaching it, the top layer will be nutrient-poor enough that algae can't take hold again. Works on carpet moss too, but you have to be more aggressive.
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IMHO Bleach is not too extreme and does not appear to harm LFSM, in diluted solutions
if you wet the entire back of NZLFSM the faint hint of chlorine eminates from the bag
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Steady up on the bleech!! It is an alkaline and as such will deacidify anything it touches, at the very best after tons and tons of washing your media will be neutral (assuming the water you use is distilled or PH neutral) and tharefore not very benificial to your plants.
Carnivorous plants should only see bleech safely locked in a bottle from 30 yards away in my opinion.
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First off, I want to say that I am all for experimentation. The bleach and hydrogen peroxide ideas may have some merit, and I'm happy you have that quality that doesn't just accept cultivation dogma. New advances are made by those who break the rules.
At the same time, I wouldn;t want you yo lose anything prized or special. I would advise you be more conservative with important plants. So my feelings align with Steve as his comments regarding the alkalinity of laundry bleach...and really, it is a bit of overkill providing you use good media materials like Jim Scott mentioned. In the genus Drosera, all that is really needed is sand, peat and LFS, and personally I avoided adding anything else to the mix. Since my plants all thrived, there was little motivation to find anything better. I can't speak for other genera, but for Drosera I found both perlite and vermiculite to be superfulous. If you use just the elements Jim lists and rinse before using the peat and sand, I believe your problems will be solved, although weekly syringing from the top with pure water will also help, as will frequent changes of the water in the tray. Even with utmost care , problems with algae and such are inevitable. Repot into clean mix annually and let the rains leach out your old potting media. I have noted Drosera do better using older vs fresher peat provided the salts are weathered out.
Hope all this contributes to a good clean growing protocol for you!
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