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    Hello!
    I've just read the topic aboit soil, so many of you prefering sand to perlite. But what is wrong with perlite?
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    algae

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    and perlite is just too crumbly i think, and algea, and it's just not attractive.

    since this is in the drosera forum, i'll go ahead and say that i grow almost all my drosera in a 2/1 sand/peat mix and not on the tray system.

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    Realy Clint? @\1 sand\peat thats very sandy! I mean 1\1 is a nice sandy mix that looks like it`s predominately sand. And yyou don`t use the tray system? Don`t the plants dry out real quick?

    Oh and perlite has been known to leach toxic chemicals and it`s ugly and downright expensive compared to sand!
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    i tried it with 1/1 and 2/1, the 2/1 grew better for ME in my conditions. and i dont use the tray system because i'm scared of anareobic areas (sp) besides, i also tried the 2/1 in a tray and out of a trey and the drosera out of the trey had more dew, however i never let it get dangerously dry.

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    Ok,I let my tray dry out and then I put 1 1\2 in. of rain water in. Do you wash your peat? And if so do you use the "floater" or the "sinker" peat? Or a mix of both? Personally I use the floating kind I wash it twice and then hang it up in a hanging basket where the rain will drench it until I use it. I use the "sinker" peat for less sensitive plants such as Sarracenia,and Dionea,an Nepenthes(often times with neps I just use the old soil from repoted plants and mix amenamints in with this).
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    i don't have a preferance for floater or sinker (ooh i sound so dirty), i just use it all. i "sterilize" it in the microwave though and let it sit in the rain for a month or so.

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    *shudders* you realy need to wash it! You know how much calcium compounds there can be in unwashed peat? The anerobic bacteria in a bog turn carbon dioxide into calcium bicarbonate(or something like that) and so you need to wash it to rinse these minerals out. I use a modified version of Williams method and it works very well. I have noticed much better growth on plants grown in washed peat vs. plants grown in unwashed. I heard something about unwashed peat haveing 2,000ppm. of minerals in it![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] When the excepted level is only 100 or less. This may not hinder some plants like mexi-pings but it sure will damage Drosera(with the exception of D.linearis since that species likes more alkaline media anyhow). So your parents,and friends may look at you weird for sticking your arms in a bucket of peat moss and water mbut I say wash your peat! Join the muddy armed peat washing gang and reap the benefits of increased plant growth,less or no algae,and just plain peace of mind![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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