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    Crap, I should probably grab a TDS meter down the line just because I would personally like to know what our water is like. I do live relatively out in the middle of nowhere-ish, in the middle of the woods, but still. Distilled water it is! Although my mom waters her pitcher plant with the same water in the same area and hers is alright (though they are different plants).

    And go figure I get the lowest quality of the moss x.x I could get to Lowe's this weekend, I see they have the orchid moss in store right now thank goodness! But I'm not sure if it can wait that long? I was given a bag of the Shagnum peat moss, by Miraclegrow by a gardener friend but I had read that that was not a good option for the plant so I haven't even opened it.

    Bluemax what kind of peat moss do you use in your mix of peat, sand and perlite? I would love to get some more plants down the line, once I learn and get my bearings of course!

    I have a notebook sat aside dedicated to making notes about this plant and carnivorous plants in general, and general information so that I can learn. I adore this little guy don't want him to suffer because I don't know what I'm doing!
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    @DragonsEye I have it in a very sunny window, although it only get's light until about lunchtime. I might end up moving it to a different window that gets sunlight for about that long as well The grower I got it from is about 5-10mins down the road (driving) so we're in about the similar humidity range I believe? That had it inside, in the building not a greenhouse area or anything, and it wasn't in a cage or anything it was completely exposed to the air.

    So I'm gonna leave him out of the container I had it in, and start giving distilled water to him! Should I even bother transplanting it into the crappy moss? Or should I just leave it in what it's in currently until I can go out this weekend? I *might* be able to get out earlier in the week but it's unlikely at the moment.


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    EDIT: Also Bluemax, thank you for the link! I'm bookmarking it and reading it now!
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    Rainwater or melted snow might work well in pace of distilled or RO purified water. TDS meter good idea. You will see the pot and water in the saucer accumulate more minerals and TDS rise over time. Might be good idea to flush out the pot and media some with the good water on occasion. More so if was given high mineral tap/well water.



    Quote Originally Posted by Apothecaria View Post
    Crap, I should probably grab a TDS meter down the line just because I would personally like to know what our water is like. I do live relatively out in the middle of nowhere-ish, in the middle of the woods, but still. Distilled water it is! Although my mom waters her pitcher plant with the same water in the same area and hers is alright (though they are different plants).

    And go figure I get the lowest quality of the moss x.x I could get to Lowe's this weekend, I see they have the orchid moss in store right now thank goodness! But I'm not sure if it can wait that long? I was given a bag of the Shagnum peat moss, by Miraclegrow by a gardener friend but I had read that that was not a good option for the plant so I haven't even opened it.

    Bluemax what kind of peat moss do you use in your mix of peat, sand and perlite? I would love to get some more plants down the line, once I learn and get my bearings of course!

    I have a notebook sat aside dedicated to making notes about this plant and carnivorous plants in general, and general information so that I can learn. I adore this little guy don't want him to suffer because I don't know what I'm doing!
    >.<

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    I've done lots of water work in Lower Bucks, both aquarium and lab work, and I can tell you that well water in that area can vary GREATLY in basic parameters. For example a friend has a well that produces water from the tap with a pH of about 5, but is so loaded with dissolved minerals it practically scratches the pipes. Let a sample sit out for a day and the pH rises to the mid 8s. This is his private well. My mother, about 3 miles away gets water from the township well. Her pH is about 7.6 and is very stable. The water is very hard, but not like my friend's. But her nitrates were running 60 ppm, which FYI is 3x the federal drinking water limit for nitrate. That's what happens sometimes when you drill a well in farm country! A friend's parent's farm a few miles away had 3 wells that all had widely varying parameters. Forget about your plants, if you drink or cook with it, you should find out what's in it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    I've done lots of water work in Lower Bucks, both aquarium and lab work, and I can tell you that well water in that area can vary GREATLY in basic parameters. For example a friend has a well that produces water from the tap with a pH of about 5, but is so loaded with dissolved minerals it practically scratches the pipes. Let a sample sit out for a day and the pH rises to the mid 8s. This is his private well. My mother, about 3 miles away gets water from the township well. Her pH is about 7.6 and is very stable. The water is very hard, but not like my friend's. But her nitrates were running 60 ppm, which FYI is 3x the federal drinking water limit for nitrate. That's what happens sometimes when you drill a well in farm country! A friend's parent's farm a few miles away had 3 wells that all had widely varying parameters. Forget about your plants, if you drink or cook with it, you should find out what's in it!
    Is that what I can check by buying a TDS meter, or is there a kind of ph test I should get for that? >.< (You did aquarium work?)

    Will I be completely screwed if I put the plant in the moss I currently have? Cause if the peat that it's currently in is bad for it, I don't want to make a lateral move by putting in the moss I bought. Then again I'm not sure if it's okay to leave it in there for a week, (well less than that technically) until I can get the better moss this weekend?

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    The moss will be fine. I grow many of my North American temperate sundews in it. You may have to change it more often than the New Zealand moss, but about as often as the South American stuff.

    You can take a sample of your water to an aquarium store and have them test it to get rough idea of the quality.
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    Should I cut of the brown leaves of the plant or just leave them alone? >.<

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    Up to you. I never do, but have too many capensis growing for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Apothecaria View Post
    Should I cut of the brown leaves of the plant or just leave them alone? >.<

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