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    Well, I ordered a bunch of CPs from ********** a month ago. Due to the move, I still haven't got my plants.

    So, I've been monitoring every Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, and random nurseries. FInally, today, the lady at Lowes tells me she just got in 4 pitcher plants. I go and check them out, and they are in good condition. Potted in 5in pots and fairly large. I remove the insert inside the pots and see the roots are just beginning to grow. Nothing near root lock, but enough to warrant a replanting. So, I also pick up some rocks, new pots, sand, moss, etc.

    The entire time, the lady is telling me all about these CPs. She's a freakin expert. And all her info meshed with the info on here. She told me her favorite was her Cobra Lily bog. She then told me to come back in a week and she'd give me this huge watering container when they were finished with it. She said it would make a perfect terrarium.

    So, I make a new friend and come home with my bounty. 3 pitcher plants @ $8 each. I immediately repotted them in 6in pots. They were in 100% potting soil, so I replanted them with 1 part moss, 1 part sand, and 1 part miracle grow soil. I also lined the bottom of the pots with rocks and placed rocks in the pot trays to keep the soil out of standing water. They're outside on my porch now fully watered and I put a layer of wet moss on top of the soil. The Lowes lady told me it wasn't a good idea because "most moss has insect eggs in it, including white flies."

    Falling back on my old cigar tricks, I told her I'd microwave the moss for 30 seconds to kill any eggs. She looked at me like I just had a $1 million idea. Cigars often carry tobacco beetle eggs. If you're not careful, the eggs will hatch and these beetles will devour your hobby and investment. A trick of the trade we've developed is to either freeze(not a good idea for moss) or microwave the cigars to kill any eggs or larva. I tossed my moss into a large bowl and into the microwave for 30 seconds. Came out nice and toasty, should be enough to nuke any buggers.

    Here's the pics of my 3 newest plants. $8 each seemed like a bargain. Please excuse my crappy dig-cam. Now, time to wait for my ********** order to ship...



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    You definately want to take out any miracle grow in their, that will be a sure death to them, otherwise they look nice, good idea about the moss, and you should see if you can see her bogs
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]They were in 100% potting soil, so I replanted them with 1 part moss, 1 part sand, and 1 part miracle grow soil.
    By "miracle grow soil" do you mean theit peat- If that soil has any sort of miracle grown or other fertilizers in it, then you don't want to use it. The plants are looking very nice, though!
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    The soils was miracle grow brand and I think it did have fert in it. The soil it came in had fert in it. I assumed if they grew this big in the soil, then they'd be ok. And the tag said to fert it with 20-20-20.

    Oh man, this is going to stink ripping these out and repotting them again. Since I'm being told to repot them or doom them to certain death, should I just go with 100% moss or a peat moss mixture 1:1. Both seem to be receiving rave reviews on here.

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    OK, I just finished transplanting them into their new soil. I used a 1:1 of peat to perlite.

    Wow, that's some loose stuff. I hope the roots take hold as right now I can easily lift the plants out of the soil.

    I removed them from the pots and broke off the excess soil. I very carefully removed much of the soil from the root system. Then, I lined the bottom of the pot with rocks. A layer of long moss came next to help keep the soil in the pot. Then, the 1:1 mixture and replant. Lastly, the layer of soaked long moss.

    After watering, the soil seemed to toughen up a bit, but I'm still a little worried about the loose soil. But I guess you guys are the experts. Here's hoping for non-dead plants in the morning.

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    Don't worry about the loose soil. A lot of CPs dig the 'looseness' for drainage. I have a bunch of pitcher plants that were potted in a very heavy sand/peat/pumice mix and barely grew any new pitchers. I repotted to peat/perlite and BLAM! Tons O pitchers... same with some of my VFTs.

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    Yup, scupbucket definitly has it right. Too heavy is a bad thing. Furthermore, if it's so light that it can't support the plant or something, then it'll compress when you water it (more over time.) I think you did the right thing transplanting them, you'll be a great parent to these plants. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
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    I bought the same species from a home depot last year and it is thriving! Just remember that they should receive a dormancy period to remain healthy the following year.

    I agree completely with the others that loose soil is a wonderful thing--not only for CPs, but for nearly all plants. A helpful thing to remember is that plant roots grow AROUND soil particles, not into them, and thus need ample room. I use a 1:2 mix of peaterlite for all my houseplants and cacti and they love it. I use various mixtures of LFS, perlite, peat moss and/or orchid bark for my CPs, depending on the species. I tend to stay away from sand for my CP mixes unless it is the larger, coarser variety as it is all too easy to create an overly dense mix with it.

    As for your soil components:

    1. Sand: The sand you use for CPs or cacti should be coarse silica (pool) sand. Other types (e.g., very fine, beach or play sand) can contain salts/minerals or be too dense, consequently leading to root death.

    2. Moss: You didn't say whether it was sphagum moss. The only type of moss you can use reliably for CPs is sphagnum moss. This should be clearly labeled on the container. Also, I would recommend using sphagnum peat moss and perlite without added fertilizer. I think you did your plants a favor by replanting them.

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