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    Sarracenia : Not enough pearlite, should I repot right now?

    I was poking around at my Sarracenias today and some pots don't seem to have enough pearlite. Is it still safe to repot? Most of them have unopened pitchers popping up. Can I just leave them alone or will their roots rot? I am in Portland so it rains quite often but I do notice that the water pools in top of the potting material for the ones that don't have enough pearlite.

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    I'm not sure if pure peat is harmful enough to Sarracenia that it is worth disturbing them to repot. If you have other materials along with peat such as sand or pumice, a lack of perlite shouldn't have much effect.

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    How do you have them planted? Plenty of bag gardens featuring Sarracenia use 100% peat.

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    ....or LFS, sand...

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    Pure peat moss is ok. Bob Ziemer uses pure peat moss in his bogs due to a lack of local sources for sand. Sarracenia will grow in just about anything. One UK grower quipped that they would grow in crushed brick. My S. purpurea seem to prefer pure peat moss.

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    Yes, Sarracania don't seem to care what they are grown in. I grow mine in pure peat with no problems.

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    The main reason I use perlite is to "stretch" the peat moss. It is a non-renewable resource after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    The main reason I use perlite is to "stretch" the peat moss. It is a non-renewable resource after all.
    In the UK we tend to use Irish moss peat. When you consider that well in excess of 5 million tonnes of peat are burned in Ireland annually, in power stations and domestically, then a few pots of CPs are not going to make that much difference.
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