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    i dont do pots. amphirion's Avatar
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    @NaN: my problem with using perlite in pygmy sundew media is the fact that it prevents the sundew from rooting properly into the media when propagated from gemmae, which results in the entire root structure in the air instead of the soil (think of an arch). or perhaps the reason is because i planted the gemmae improperly? im open to possible explanations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Ok, I take it your are in the US. Home Depot and Lowe's will sell long fiber sphagnum moss - look for Mosser-Lee or Orchid Moss (in small bricks). The Mosser-Lee has been of poor quality the last few years but if you pick through the bags and find the fluffiest looking stuff it is better than nothing. You can mill it yourself if you have an old food processor you can use. Wear a breathing mask of some sort as the dust can be quite nasty or possibly lead to a fungus infection. If you don't have a food processor you can use you can chop it up with scissors. Wet the moss first.

    If you are in California OSH (Orchid Supply Hardware) is carrying the Black Gold line of planting supplies and you can get bags in two or three sizes of Peat Moss, pumice, horticultural sand, and perlite - all without fertilizer.

    You should be able to buy a bag of play sand from any of the above. Just make sure it is silica sand and wash/rinse it. It should be washed fairly well to begin with (gotta be clean for kids) but it never hurts to be doubly sure.

    Both of these can be grown in pure long fiber sphagnum although the D. spatulata may be happier with sand/perlite in the mix.

    You can also buy mix from Andrew, who runs this board:
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    Alright. Thanks for all the information. I'll take a second look at Home Depot and Lowes. I wish I still lived in California (Bay Area). It would make finding everything much easier.

    P.S. I think OSH stands for Orchard Supply Hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamtekium View Post
    P.S. I think OSH stands for Orchard Supply Hardware.
    Whoops, corrected in original post

    The Orchid Moss (check the label it should say Sphagnum moss and mention Chile as the source) is sometimes in the orchid supply section.
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    I have my spatulata in a peat/pearlite and capillaris in peat/sand. Both are doing well.
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    Alright. So I found some Mosser-Lee LFS. Do I need to chop it up or can I leave it as is?

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    You can use it as it is. Chop it up if you want a nice even looking surface.
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