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    Hello everyone,

    What is your favorite potting mix to use for the petiolaris complex (d. paradoxa, broomensis, ordensis, etc.)?

    I've been thinking of using a 1:1 LFSerlite mix, or perhaps pure new zealand LFS. Any thoughts as to whether this would work?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    IIRC Lowrie recomends a 3:2 perlite:peat mix with the exception being falconerii which he recommends 1:1 peat:sand.

    I use a rather unorthodox mix at the moment; 2:1:1 sand:LFS:pine bark mulch. This works great for me under my conditions but I am not going to swear by it for everyone to use. In the past I have had success with 1:1 and 2:1 peat:sand and I find that a couple live sphag heads right next to the plant are often beneficial (at least under my conditions.)
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    I've had great success with equal parts peat and perlite with D. ordensis. Silica sand and peat work great for D. falconeri under my care. My main concern is making sure the soil media is free of excess minerals or pathogens (moss, etc)

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    I am using peat & sand, with LFS on top, whic is now live LFS Ron Lane sent me a petiolaris-dilatato that was in peat and sand.

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    I used LFS/perlite pretty much 50/50 with some laterite mixed in (available at tropical fish stores) with good success. The aim is for a light mix that will dry off quickly when dormancy is noted. Also avoid overpotting the Pets - it takes longer to dry off the medium is there is a lot of it, and the plants can rot quite quickly once dormancy sets in.
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    Wow. Thank you all for the valuable input. I really appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Pyro @ May 03 2006,2:47)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I use a rather unorthodox mix at the moment; 2:1:1 sand:LFSine bark mulch.
    You swapped out your local laterite for mulch (& now you're sharing your secret recipe!)

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]... and I find that a couple live sphag heads right next to the plant are often beneficial ...
    I also do this whenever I remember. Sort-of like a petiolaris good luck charm I think a few of my plants might need some more....
    All the best,
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    Small pots? Lowrie talked me into deep pots (6").

    Cheers,

    Joe

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