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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    equal parts of cypress, APS and LFS
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    Thanks for sharing your approach. The cypress you mention is cypress mulch (aka: wood fragments) or shredded cypress bark?
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    What species are those? and very nice too!
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    Ron, I dont know if it really matters... but i prefer the bark, IMHO it should have a higher cypressene content.

    The wood has to be mature to have much in it,

    Pet, the one being divided is a H. heterodoxa x minor

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    Wow, APS, eh? Never thought of using that for helis. Do you see major improvement?

    Nice job! You must have excellent temps!

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    APS?

    Stunning, drop dead gorgeous, fantastic, BEAUTIFULY grown plants Av. Very impressive.

    Oh, and i know youve answered this 1000 times before (im very sorry for making you answer this again), but what kind of trich do you use?
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    what kind of trich do you use?
    I believe he uses AMPAC biotech.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    Actually, I had the best luck with pure cypress or cypress with just a touch of LFS. But that required watering as often as twice a day. I’m trying to find a happy balance between performance and maintenance levels.

    The APS, Cypress and LFS mix is sort of similar to Wistuba's mix in theory and so far it has worked very well. I have gotten good growth and now I can go a couple days and not worry at all about watering. One thing, when i water I drench. IMHO the water flowing out the bottom flushes all the nasties and allows fresh air to enter the root zone.

    One thing I have noticed about Helis is that their roots are not very aggressive. I wouldn’t use the cypress mix for a tiny plant. It’s just got too many voids by nature. If you “encase” the roots of heliamaphora that is where they seem to stay. Plant health then slowly deteriorates over a period of time. If everything is right you should see new pitchers popping up further and further away from the original core.

    I will start out a tiny division in chopped LFS or chopped live sphag. Then once there is some root mass I transfer to the more open cypress based mixes.

    I don’t know how many times in the past I’ve unpotted a heli to find its roots confined to a small ball trapped by the substrate.

    HTH's
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    It was one of my heterodoxa x minor's turn this morning, this one needed done a long time ago. The clump was packed so tightly that I had to destroy quite a few pitchers before a division could even be made



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