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Thread: Repotting into a big pot.

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    Just thinking out loud here..
    with most regular houseplants, its generally a BAD idea to pot a plant in a pot that is far too large for it..
    mainly becase the pot will hold too much water and could rot/damage the roots.
    so you want to pot your houseplants in pots that are not too small, not too large, but just right.

    but with CPs, does it really matter if a pot is 'too big"?
    being "too wet" isnt really an issue!
    suppose you got a nice mature Sarracenia,
    would there be any positive or negative aspects to putting it in a huge gallon-size pot of spagnum moss??
    as opposed to a much smaller 5" pot?

    the only difference I can think of is that with the large gallon pot, you would need to keep a much higher water table in your "tray" when watering with the tray method..
    you would probably need standing water at least half-way up the side of the pot..
    which means you have a huge amount of saturated moss at the bottom of the pot..
    and maybe 6" of moss above the water level.
    so the surface could be much drier, and the bottom much wetter, than a regular small pot.
    you are basically making a mini-bog with only plant in it!

    as opposed to the "regular" small pot and tray method, where you have maybe one inch of water in the tray and only 2 or 3 inches of moss above the water level.

    thoughts?
    thanks,
    Scot

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    WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! And grow a really large sarracenia? Are you outta your mind? You want a big, healthy, robust sarracenia? Well, thats the way to do it!!! Follow that route, and it might eat you, Scotty!!!
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    Hi Scotty -

    Last spring I repotted a S. purp from a 6 inch pot to a 1.5 gallon pot. It thanked me by sending up 3 flower scapes and was just HUGE by the end of summer. My S. leucos in half or gallon pots are much bigger than their counterparts in the recycled 16 oz sour cream containers.

    This pot is about a foot in diameter:


    Schloaty's 'Bog Bowl' lower left, and other goodies from the 2004 NECPS Show. Note the Sarr to Pot Size ratios...:

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    I've grown Sarracenia in large gallon size pots in the past and never had a problem, and I wouldn't keep water nearly as deep as 6 inches up the side of the pot. More like 1 to 2 inches. Because of the water holding properties of Peat and Spahgnum it wicks the water up plenty hight into the pot. It's simmilar to setting a large sponge into a tray of water, after a few minutes the entire sponge is saturated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Bugweed @ Mar. 18 2005,8:05)]WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! And grow a really large sarracenia? Are you outta your mind? You want a big, healthy, robust sarracenia? Well, thats the way to do it!!! Follow that route, and it might eat you, Scotty!!!
    Yeah BW, I know you told me to leave the Rubra in bowl it came in........but I had a nice beautiful 3Gal. pot all picked out for it. Plus I was reeeeely hungry for cerial one day and ,well , you get the pitcher.....err....picture.
    I always suspect everything could be a trap... thats why I'm still alive
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    Are those flytraps between the green N. ampullaria and what looks like S. 'Judith Hindle' ? They look like they are enormous!

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    Yep, those are flytraps. By the way, here are some pics of Jeff Matheson's amazing VFT Bowl. The 'feeding station' at the show:


    The VFT Bowl:

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    Holy Moly that's a lot of flytraps!

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