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    I saw what Tamlin grows his beautiful D. darwenensis in. What do thers who grow members of this group use as a compost?

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    I grow D. ordensis "Mulligans Lagoon" (picture below) and use approx. 1 part rinced peat to 2 parts rinced sand. Hope that helps.

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    I also use 1:2, peat to sand.
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    All my plants grow in 50/50 LFS/perlite with an addition of a couple tablespoons of finely crushed laterite to the mix. All are topdressed with laterite once the plants are established.
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    I grow mine mostly in 100% peat moss. Some have a little pumice or sand added. A few are in 50/50 peat/silica sand (20 grit).
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    Equal parts peat moss, perlite, and sand. So far, so good. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    It looks like(as with most cp) that the important thing is the growing conditions(high temps, moisture, and humidity in the case of these). Really interesting answers.
    Tamlin, have you ever found a reasonably priced source of laterite in the US? I found small boxes at fish stores for $14.99. I saw something once called "Flourite" that looked similar and was $20 for a decent sized bag.

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    I purchase laterite at tropical fish supply concerns. If anyone pursues this, be sure to specify that you want the smallest particle size available, as it somes in various grades.

    Flourite is not laterite, and even laterite should be approached with caution. There is laterite and there is laterite: chemical composition can vary greatly according to Robert Gibson. So far I have used 2 different batches and neither has caused any detrimental affects to my plants, but I have not had a great deal of experience and always keep Robert's comments in the back of my head.
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