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    hey,

    I've recently recieved some plants from BE and since they grow all their plants in cocofibre, i decided to pot all my plants with a similar mix.

    My mix for all me neps right now is roughly 1:1:1 cocofibre, large pine bark and LFS

    Since the only water retaining ingredient is the LFS, i'd be watering and misting it alot, sooo, i was thinking if i used the tray method the humidity will be kept up AND time watering will be saved. Do u guys think this is a good idea?

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    The lfs is good enough for neps, it can hold 10 times its weight in water. If you are going to do the water tray method which I don't recommended, let the water evaporate before adding more.

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    I would also like to add that it depends on which neps. Neps like rafflesiana, bical and amps will respond much better than some others.
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    If your pots are <6-8", why don't you just go with LFS? It's perfectly suitable by itself and would require less frequent watering. For your larger pots you could add some orchid mix to prevent the LFS from compacting.

    As for the humidity tray, if setup properly it shouldn't provide lots of water to your neps--the neps should be sitting above the water line. I wouldn't recommend using the tray method to water your neps unless you know whether the species tolerates it (e.g., N.ampullaria can sit in shallow water).
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    i got all but 3 in water trays

    Nepenthes Higlanders (Grown outdoors):

    1. Copelandii (mt apo)
    2. Sanguinea (may be the orange but looks brown or rust)
    3. Rajah
    4. Maxima (Lowlander)
    5. Truncata
    6. Truncata (Lowlander)
    7. Ventricosa
    8. Faizaliana (True form)
    9. ssp or x?
    10. Bongso
    11. Veitchii (L x H)
    12. Burbidgea (looks red)
    13. Spectabilis x Veitchii - i dont have this one no more...
    14. Sibuyanensis
    15. Sanguinea Red
    16. Fusca (Crocker Range)
    17. Alata (Large Peristome)
    18. x 'Red Leopard'
    19. Copelandii (mt pasian)?

    Lowlanders (Grown Indoors)
    1. Rafflesiana
    2. Alata
    3. Ventricosa (Red x Typical, seedling)
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    I vote NO. The only plants I would tray water for Nepenthes, would be N. bicalcarata and N. ampullaria.

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    Cocofibre breaks down super fast when constantly exposed to water. LFS tends to rot as well. It might work, but only for a while.
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    ive done this for more than about 10 months... you do get algae though...
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