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Thread: Sarracenia in pure sphagnum

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    well i have done a bog garden in 100% peat moss(ran out of sand [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] ) and it all turned out fine im sure 100% lfs is ok too
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    Well, to add to this, awhile back I bought some of my first Sarrs including flava, purpurea, and several others. I had all of them planted in 50:50 peat perlite. They grew very slow and were very unhealthy looking. Well, I know your not supposed to, but I transplanted then into pure peat during the growing season, and now they are starting to look the best they have ever looked with new pitchers coming up everywhere.
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    Interesting findings.

    The perlite in the mix is meant to aid airation to the roots and prevent things getting too wet (only really a problem in winter). Over time pure peat becomes compacted, and it's a fluffier media with the perlite. You get the same effect with pure sphagnum moss. It seems that a 1:1 peat perlite mix is too much perlite - 2:1 or 3:1 peat/perlite is the most common mix. It also enables the peat to get to the damp stage more easily in winter, reducing the threat of fungus during dormancy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Alvin Meister @ Sep. 04 2005,1:13)]Interesting findings.

    The perlite in the mix is meant to aid airation to the roots and prevent things getting too wet (only really a problem in winter). Over time pure peat becomes compacted, and it's a fluffier media with the perlite. You get the same effect with pure sphagnum moss. It seems that a 1:1 peat perlite mix is too much perlite - 2:1 or 3:1 peat/perlite is the most common mix. It also enables the peat to get to the damp stage more easily in winter, reducing the threat of fungus during dormancy.
    Well, I guess different things work for different people. Rattler mt can grow cobra lilys in pure peat. Pure peat just works best for my sarrs and my VFTs also.
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    Well I've transplanted most of my Sarras into sphagnum, other than a big leucophylla that seems quite happy in its existing peat mix. The growing season should start shortly, so I'll know the results soon I should suspect. I'm really hoping the flava and alata respond, as they were the ones doing poorly.
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