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    I had to laugh upon reading this bit about tea. My friend used to detest tea and called it "brackish pond water." I guess that if it fools the CPs in passing for natural bog water, then it must be closer than I though after all.

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    I just thought I'd say that I tried the peat tea treatment today. I figured I'd just replace their normal water tray water so they can suck it up over the next week. I read Rob's recipe but I found it easier to get hold of a large muslin bag, fill it with peat and immerse it in a bucket of water. After squeezing and leaving it overnight I ended up with a bucket of near black water with no peat particles, although I sieved it anyway to make sure. I then added a bucket full of black tea left to brew overnight and poured it all in the tray, undiluted (they grow in pure peat anyway, why dilute?).

    I'll report my findings soon. I have plenty of rubricorpora and an atropurpurea opening their first pitchers, so we'll see how they end up.
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    would that work with a VFT "Red Dragon"?
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    Apparently the effect is less noticeable with VFTs, but I'll be putting some peat water in their tray anyway today.
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    I'm trying to prove or disprove the peat tea theory, so here's the story so far:

    I've always followed the advice that red tubes hate being repotted and it takes a couple of years to get them back on track. I have a couple of red tubes that were very red in the past and look faded this year. Conversely, a red tube I received bare root that was potted up in fresh peat in March has reddened up fantastically. I suspect they like being repotted every year or two, contrary to what's been written, as long as it's done during dormancy.



    Here's the test subjects: flava var. atropurpurea with the 'reddish copper top' look and green tubes. This hasn't been repotted for 3 years. Next to it is a flava red tube grown in the same conditions that I received bare rooted in March. It's red from top to bottom.






    Firstly I tried making tannic tea using cold water and peat in a muslin bag left overnight. I filled the tray completely with it to enable the plants to suck up the black water over a week or so. Result: no apparent improvement, despite a lot of sun during this June. Is this due to using cold water or using the tray method of watering?

    Now I am trying the boiled method of making peat tea, as per the original instructions. Peat was boiled for 20 minutes, was strained and left to cool overnight. Today I have used this on the atropurpurea (watering from the top only this time). I'll repeat over the next couple of weeks and report the results.



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    The results are in.

    A few weeks of boiled tannic tea (the pitchers have moved a bit, as they do):



    A difference in my opinion. Nothing spectacular and not as red as I hope a repot in winter will produce, but encouraging.

    This pitcher has changed a bit:



    But this one has reddened considerably:



    Not the most scientific experiment, but it's good to see the effect.
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    Very interesting! Thanks for posting your results. There are a couple of variables, of course, but it looks like the boiled method really does seem to work better. Any guesses as to why?

    Did the boilding stir things up in there such that shaking it while cold would have had the same effect? So many questions... Cool to see the comparison, though!
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    Can you use this for other CPs? I have a VFT, 2 Sundews, a nepenthes ventricosa "red", and one unknown sarracenia.

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