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    Elgecko, thanks.

    Greg, I'm curious, what are the diameters of your slack-pots?

    I'm at a cross-road.....the single pot method seems so much more straightforward, but there will be a few times when I won't get a chance to water my plant for up to 7d and with such a free-draining potting mix I'm afraid it couldn't handle such long periods between waterings.

    My main concern with slack potting is that the root system is required to travel through the small hole at the bottom of the smaller pot in order to reach the larger pot. This must necessitate extreme caution when moving the pot, otherwise the inner pot may shift and damage the roots.

    Now that I think of it....here I am worried about my mature plant's large root system.....and I haven't even sown the seed yet! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    I was reading this because I'm concidering getting a Drosophyllum sometime soon, but probably not until next year. I was wondering, what is the slack potting method?
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    I've always started the seed by lightly sanding it to expose a tad of the white in one spot then putting the seed on top of wet coarse sand until germination in about ten days. I will then transfer seed to a large 12" or so pot filled with a 40/40/20 mix of perlite, pumice, and peat. Looks funny for a while having a tiny plant in such a big pot but by the end of the first season it will fill th pot nicely as the plants grow very fast.

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    Had to look back a ways to find this picture.
    I took these shots 23 days apart. This helps to show how fast the plant does grow.



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    I can give a thumbs-up for the sanding method. Also for your pot dilemma - I used a plastic pot with a rather large hole underneath, which I taped up. I figured that if I needed to slack-pot later, I could do so by removing the tape. My plant died due to gusty wind that knocked it over, but I was having success with it up until that time. I used 1/3 peat and sand at the bottom, middle 1/3 was sand, perlite, and dirt from my backyard. The top 1/3 was sand and dirt with chunky rocks to hold it all down
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (ChronoKiento @ June 20 2005,5:57)]I was wondering, what is the slack potting method?
    It is explained in the link I provided. Along with a nice photo showing the setup.

    double pot method or pot in a pot
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    There's a lot of interesting info....

    Purp-guy, at first, I was thinking the same thing. When potting, I live by a simple equation: small plant + huge pot = overpotting = root rot = plant death. But after I considered the potting mix I'll be using and after seeing Elgecko's series of pictures, I don't think an 8" pot will suffice!

    Wickedthisle, even after having all those rocks it still blew over? Perhaps you should move out of typhoon land! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    And my favorite line from the awesome link Tony provided:

    "For the first time we tried burning the old leaves in December 00 in place of laborious and long mechanical removal performed previously."

    I just have one thing to say about that:

    BURN THE PLANT! ON PURPOSE!? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_t_32.gif[/img]

    THAT's JUST EVIL! >;-D

    Well, that's enough sarcasm for one night.....
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    Chloroplast,

    My larger pot is around 5 1/2 inches in diameter. Perhaps it is slightly small. I may have to Slack pot for a second time if the plant continues to flourish for a second year. It is an ideal setup for watering purposes. I water it every few days, in the summer, but the soil in the inner pot is always bone dry. This seems to suit the plant. My inner pot is stuck fast in the peat/sand/John Innes mix. I suspect that root damage due to pot movement may only be a problem if a lighter mix containing perlite is used. Interestingly. however, Slack himself reports that his plants always died when he transported them to shows. Maybe this was a result of his otherwise exellent potting method.

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