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    I just bought a Cobra Lily earlier today and unfortunately I dont know what soil mix to use. I usually have hostage with me just about every library book there is on the subject, but, silly me, I just turned those in yesterday. I did not know I would be needing them again the next day. Also, what kind of pot would be best? Drained or undrained? Huge, medium, tiny? I have a Sarracenia purpurea already, who is similar from what I gather. Another thing Ive been wondering is how do I feed the Cobra lily? I give my s.purpurea crickets a' la tweezers, can I somehow push a cricket into that interesting little hood they have? I dont want to damage the plant by force feeding it, but I do not have enough bugs around to allow it the thrill of the hunt. I also purchased a sundew and have the same soil and pot questions about that little fellah too, but I'll run over to the correct board to post. Thanks ahead of time for any info. -Julia

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    I use successfully a mix or 3 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite with a top dressing of live sphagnum moss..
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    Mike,

    Do you need to do any unusual cooling for the roots over there, or is your climate very approximate to Coastal Oregon?
    I have a friend in Liverpool who grows them well also.

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    Joe

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    I should warn that a lot of department store "Cobra Lillies" are really some form of Sarracenia. If you can post a pic, that would be great, because the care is slightly different for them.

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    I use 100% live sphagnum moss.
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    Sorry about the incredibly late response. So far the potting of my cobra lily had gone well. I cant find live spagnum for the life of me. Im wondering how I should feed it (and I will have to, there are not enough bugs around) I have flightless gnats and crickets of various sizes. Unfortunately I cant post a picture of the little fellah, I have no resources to do so. Thanks for the help. -Julia

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    I'm trying a new experiment with my new Cobra lily. My first one I anchored, not well enough in a gentle streamlet running behind our home. When a persistent rainstorm came, it was carried away and forever lost. So I bought another one. Someone once said that the water coming from the exhaust pipe from the AC unit is pure. It is also cool. I now have the pipe PVC pipe draining cool, pure water into the container. The container, of course, has drainage holes. Wish me luck.

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    Jim, thats very cool
    i should try that to
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