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    heliamphora minor var pilosa help

    hello everyone, i ordered my first heliamphora, and its minor var pilosa
    i know i should have started with some cheaper/easier sp. but i just couldnt resist buying this one!

    so i would like to know what is the best potting media for it and how slow and difficult is it?
    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balimynah View Post
    so i would like to know what is the best potting media for it .... ?
    Have you already read the sticky?
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    Potting mixes vary among growers. I prefer mixes of live sphagnum, pumice, and cypress bark; while Av8tor1, the resident high priest -- the Big Kahuna -- of Heliamphora; gourmand of all things ethanol related; and fellow keeper of "fuzzy socks," uses mixes that include APS (aquatic plant soil) as well. There are a number of threads on this topic.

    Time will also tell whether the initial plants that were released will even resemble the holotype; since a few variants of H. minor are sympatric on Auyan Tepui . . .

    It is not that this Heliamphora variant is particularly slow; it's that it generally arrives as something with little or no roots with mostly juvenile leaves. Patience will be required. I have had this plant, since its offering in Spring 2012. All that I can say, is that it is not dead; though I am also growing it in vitro . . .

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    wow... you've certainly entered into the world of growing Heliamphora at the deep end, with one of the more challenging species.

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    thats your first heli? oh jeez, i hope you have luck on your side! as previously stated, getting the plant as a rootless speck of little immature pitchers is not typically entry level type of challenge. and at quite an investment.

    i use APS, sand, perlite and thoroughly rinsed peat moss for my helis at a 2:2:2:1 mix.

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    I'll echo the above sentiments... Best of luck with the pilosa. Certainly a high risk, high reward type investment! I use APS, LFS, orchid bark and perlite for my helis. At a 2:2:1:1 ratio. And yeah, definitely check out the stickies and other posts on how to acclimate helis to your conditions and grow them up properly.

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    What conditions will you be giving it? I hope you already have something set up that you have tested to make sure it works. I lost several heliamphora when I first started due to my own errors.

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