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    im currently growing neps, but want to start growing

    sundews, or pitcher plants.

    i already asked about using lfs for pp's

    but what about drosera?

    and a lot of people say fork sundews need dormancy

    and sometimes do not. which is true?

    (im trying to find out what suits my growing condition)
    does anybody have a N. tentaculata?

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    I highly recommend against using, "soil" for any plants cultivated in pots, especially CP.

    Many CP have a natural dormancy period, some Drosera binata do sometimes have a period of natural dormancy, some of them do not.

    If any CP actually "need" a period of dormancy, that can always be debated, but some will take their dormancy, no matter what you do, and some only if you give them appropriate conditions. If you mistakenly assume that a dormant plant is "dead" and you then discard it. You may have lost a perfectly good plant.
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    huh? i dont get it.

    how do you grow a plant if i don have anything to plant on?
    and i think you're reffering soil as in like garden soil. (if not i dont get you)
    i may be young and newbie, but im not that stupid.
    i started researching cp when i was 2nd grade and knew what they were
    when i had these bunch of books i didn'yt understand and on the last
    page there was nepenthes, drosera, venus flytrap and welwitsia (spelling?)

    if i dont use any kind of soil, do i grow them as in like the bromeli whatever?
    please explain more please.
    does anybody have a N. tentaculata?

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    Relax. It's going to be OK.

    Peat isn't soil. Soil is rock and mineral bits mixed with humus if i've got my definitions correct.

    I knew what you were talking about but some people are anal about terminology and rightly so I suppose. If someone without common sense took soil litteraly as soil then they'd plant their plants in yard dirt.

    Interestingly most commercial potting soils aren't really soil.

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    yeah most normal 1:1 peat, sand/perlite mixtures work for a lot of sundews, so you'll be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I highly recommend against using, "soil" for any plants cultivated in pots, especially CP.
    highly recommend AGAINST....

    for my dews i use a mix of 1:2 peat sand. thats also pretty good for SE pings, utrics, sarras and many others. not mexican pings though or neps.
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    I like to mix sand & peat and topdress with LFS.

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    I always know what Joseph is saying, but just to play devil's advocate...

    soil - (i) The unconsolidated mineral or organic material on the immediate surface of the earth that serves as a natural medium for the growth of land plants.[B]

    Isn't peat organic?





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