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    noob sarr question

    I've got the first of many sarrs in the mini-bog. And just realized tonight that 100% LFS probably isn't the proper substrate. Should I take the top layer of sphagnum off, put a thick layer of peat & perlite down, replant everything, and THEN put the LFS back down as just a top dressing?

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    That was growing 2:1 peat/perlite.
    1:1 peat/perlite seems to be popular though.
    I've also heard of people using pure sphag, and using just peat...lol.

    It it's doing well, I wouldn't bother it =)

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    potentially several Sarracenia species could be found growing in or on live sphagnum (purpurea, S. minor, etc). it may add some challenges for some species that might want more sand/peat soil. tough call. I use it as a top dressing for many of my purpurea plants.

    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/see...Sarracenia.htm


    has a nice write up on the soils/media for sarracenia.....
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    Well, I've got these coming and I wanted to add them to the bog as well.
    S. 'Dana's Delight'
    S. leucophylla 'Titan'
    S. minor 'Okee'
    S. minor x readii
    S. x readii
    S. x readii 'Red'
    S. 'Scarlett Belle'

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    Most of my Sarrs are in LFS mixes... my peat seems to harbor bacteria that make the media smell like rotten eggs.
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    oh, what have i created? very nice choices though =)

    hm..i use exclusively peat/perlite for my sarrs, vfts, pings, and dews. i only had trouble when i used the same peat from three years ago. i guess you could switch it before the new arrivals come, and have the lfs as a top dressing, i suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clue
    peat seems to harbor bacteria that make the media smell like rotten eggs.
    Oh god. Been there. Mines in pure peat but I let it "dry" a bit before i flood the thing.. My other bog is 100% pure spagh. Preference really depends, however if you want to create a halcyon then try to replicate the plant's natural equilibrium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halt View Post
    Oh god. Been there. Mines in pure peat but I let it "dry" a bit before i flood the thing.. My other bog is 100% pure spagh. Preference really depends, however if you want to create a halcyon then try to replicate the plant's natural equilibrium.
    Never heard of a halcyon before, so I looked it up.. How does this apply?

    A halcyon (pronounced /ˈhælsiən/) is a mythical bird—often identified as a kingfisher—said to breed in a floating nest at sea during the winter solstice, during which time it charms the wind and waves into calm.

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