Hey folks. After doing lots of reading I've decided to try my hand first at an outdoor container bog. As I've mentioned in previous posts I'm in Texas, zone 9, near Houston. I plan to do mostly sarracenia with a couple VFT, sundews, bladderwort, and even a cobra lily if one would survive for me.
I recently picked up a wood barrel style container super cheap. It's 22.5" diameter and 14" deep. Made of stained pine with steel belts on the outside. There's a single hole drilled at the bottom. I intend to do equal parts peat, sand, and pearlite, with a long fiber sphagnum layer on top. Does this sound like I'm on the right track? Should I forego the perlite?
Second. What if anything needs to be done with this barrel to make it safe. Should I line it with pond liner, plugging the hole to help retain water?
My starter sarracenia purpurea is doing ok. It's tolerating the intense heat well so far, and the dry LFS I planted it in is coming back to life which is a pleasant surprise. Not sure how that's possible, outside of a couple live bits that may have been attached to the roots.
Thanks for any help and advice! Would love to get this going before it gets cold!
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