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Thread: Shouldn't my purpurea be purple & other questions

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    Alkaline conditions? Sarracenia can grow in alkaline? Like mostly sand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDCPs View Post
    Alkaline conditions? Sarracenia can grow in alkaline? Like mostly sand?

    Only Sarracenia Purpurea ssp Purpurea can be grown in alkaline, but I hear growing in that soil causes brittle pitchers. I think adding vermiculite to the soil would help making it alkaline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    I hear growing in that soil causes brittle pitchers.
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    Hmm... I wonder if a soil flush with distilled water that has had a half teaspoon of calcium carbonate sand or calcium sulfate (plaster of paris/gypsum) boiled in it, would be an easy way to introduce a periodic alkalinity rise? Maybe this would color them deeply but excess could be easily flushed out with further normal waterings. Perhaps I'll try it.

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    You may think twice about adding lime to your sarracenia. According to Schnell, purpurea is able to colonize alkali marls not because they're used to the conditions, but because vegetable detritus accumulates in certain parts of that environment providing small island refuges which provide them with conditions similar to the ones found in peat marshes.

    Having said that, I am curious to see the results of your experimentation should you decide to carry it out.
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    Purp purp, grown acidic.
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