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    I read that D. rotundifolia do well in long-fibered sphagnum. Does that mean it should be pure LFS? It just seemed to me that by itself wouldn't be enough for a plant to grow in. Seems like it should need some sort of dirt. But I'm fairly new to the many different mediums that these plants like.

    I have one D. rotundifolia growing in a 50/50 peat/perlite mix now. I have another plant on the way, and after reading this, I was wondering if I should plant this new one in a 50/50 peat/sand mix, or with some LFS mixed in with that, or if pure LFS worked as a growing medium.

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    i dont think it will care. peat is just decomposed spag.

    you could try one plant in 50/50 peat/sand and another is pure spag, and see which one grows better.

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    I grow all my D. rotundifolia in pure milled live sphagnum. D. rotundifolia is a bog plant, and this is it's natural medium. I run the moss through a food processor blender thing and it keeps the moss from heading for almost the entire season.

    Actually, I have yet to find a CP that does not appreciate sphagnum as an additive to the mix.
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    I use milled LFS(I don't have enough live to do what Tamlin does), but seedlings especially seem to enjoy it more than peaty mixes. I have a small food processor, but I am trying to fine the food processor blender thing that Tamlin mentioned.

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    mine is growing and flowering in a mix of peat perlite and some LFS. its doing fine as far as i can tell although for being a temperate species it seems to really like my lowland Nep tank. it and some pygmys that Tamlin sent are the only Drosera that i have so far that seem to like it. ive long since moved the rest of them out of there.

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    On a side note..... I have several pots of D. adelae and I've noticed that the ones I have growin in 8hr direct sun are doing much better than the ones growing in bright shade, which, from my understanding, is contradictory growing traits. I believe the difference is the LFS. The poor soul I have in bright shade is in a half and half mix of peat and sand. Looks like I'll be repotting today after work [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]



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    Hey Zak. Is it live sphagnum? I get kind of confused between the different types. I bought a brick of compressed long fibered sphagnum, and I broke off a piece and put it in water. It expands to a huge piece of it...pretty cool actually. Then there is live sphagnum......which I kind of thought this was too. It is turning green, so I thought that it just needed some water and sun to "be alive" again. Then there is milled sphagnum.

    Tamiln, you mentioned putting it in a food processor before planting. Is that the best way to use long fibered sphagnum for a medium? I tried cutting it into smaller pieces with a scissors, but I'm not sure if they are small enought yet. Thanks guys.
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    Unless milled fine the live moss will quickly regenerate. This is ok for larger growing genera , but most sundews will be buried quickly, which is why I mill my moss.
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