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    Peat and sand it is. Anyone have experience with quikcrete play sand? It's cheap and easy to acquire and is just comprised of quartz. The tractor supply here doesnt carry the larger grain blasting sand. I'll go without drilling holes at the top of the barrell or perforating the liner in any way. I don't imagine it will overflow too often. I'm never gone for more than 12 hours at a time honestly, and if I go on vacation it's an easy instruction to just tip and pour. I have animals that need caring for when I leave so that is easy enough for a house sitter to do if needed.

    As previously mentioned, we did have a TON of rain this year. Enough to completely fill the nearly empty aquifers in austin and san antonio, as well as bring lakes from 20% full up to 100%. It was definitely a record breaking year for rain in our state, but that has subsided. We aren't exactly in drought conditions, but my yard is dead if that means anything. I think it's rained overnight, once, in the last few weeks. I've taken to watering my garden with the hose on a daily basis because of the heat.

    I'll run by the hardware store today and check the availability of pond liner, peat, and sand. Should I forego the use of LFS in this instance? it's all I'm currently using on my small pots with the VFT and Sarracenia.

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    As long as it's quartz sand, it will be fine. Swimming pool stores carry better quality sand than hardware stores generally though. The addition of lfs to a bog is not needed unless you'd like to add some live stuff for the visual effect. Some Drosera species will also appreciate live lfs but it isn't a necessity.

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    I use Quickrete and it's fine after a thorough washing. However, play sand is usually sourced locally (or as close as possible), so what works for some people may not work for others.

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    And to think I just dumped a whole ton of it out in the flower bed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Haven't you been watching the news? Texas got over 37 trilliion gallons of rain in May which is claimed is enough to cover the entire state with 8 inches of water.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/30/us/severe-weather/
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    All of the succulents outside needed additional soil added after running off from the recent rains. Things have settled down recently; but, when it rains, it pours around here. I would agree with the idea of adding drainage a few inches from the top instead of the bottom, still allowing for nearly full water retention. I only have a few outdoor CPs so not much of a bog expert - Just common sense here based on location

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    Nice to see even more people attempting bog gardens in Texas! good luck with this, It's definitely possible! mines doing great right now and I live in Austin, Tx, where we just recently had a 111 degree heat wave that killed a lot of plants in commercial areas. But the CPs? didn't even phase them If I could suggest one thing, It would be to save yourself the headache and just go ahead and use Peat and Perlite. As it stands there is no consensus over what sand is absolutely safe to use (that is, what is sold locally as 'play sand' in local department stores).
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    Thanks for replying especially since you're only a couple hours from here. Austin weather is usually a mirror image of ours. If I could ask what all species have you had the best success with and which ones have been harder to adapt to the heat? Also what ratio of peat and pearlite do you suggest. 50/50?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BPB View Post
    Thanks for replying especially since you're only a couple hours from here. Austin weather is usually a mirror image of ours. If I could ask what all species have you had the best success with and which ones have been harder to adapt to the heat? Also what ratio of peat and pearlite do you suggest. 50/50?

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    No problem! yes, I roughly estimated a 50/50 peat-perlite mix. I currently grow a Red Dragon VFT, Drosera Spathulata, Sarracenia Leucophylla, Alata, Rubra, Flava (red tube), and Purpurea. In my experience with these so far, I have found that the Rubra, Alata, and Purpurea are the fastest and most vigorous growing. A thing to watch out for is those little red wasps that fly all over (we have them all over Austin). These little guys love to tear holes in my purp for the water inside. In fact they are so bad that I havent seen a fully formed pitcher without a hole in it in a month. Anyway the VFT's love our heat as well. The Flava I cannot say yet as It is an early season grower and I just recently got it mid-summer. As for the Leucophylla, It hasn't grown an INCH. I see new growth but It never actually develops. But this is it's first year as well so we'll see.

    And the Drosera... don't do it. Austin is way to dry for them, and if your climate is anything like ours I would save yourself the heartache.

    My bog is constantly watered by a recirculatory solar pump that constantly keeps the water in the reservoir moving. I think the plants are responding well to that in general. Might be something you could try as well.
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