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    If glider14 observation is true then i was right to choose mixture of 50/50 each - coarse podzol soil and limestone chips(collected from northiana's limestone hill). First it made an off shoot,now have 4 small pitchers. Thanks for bringing up glider

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    Thats not entirely true glider and rbjong. I have an N. northiana in a mix of peat/perlite with a top dressing of living sphagnum moss and it has pitchered and produced side shoots with o problems. I suspect IF someone has a different clone it could be more or less sensitive to the alkalinity of a mix.

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    maby someone should preform an experiment. 2 N. Northianas, one in peat, perilite and LFS and one in all alkaline. see which one will grow better.
    Dustin: im not saying that it WONT grow in acid mix but that it wont grow as well. it should grow better in alkaline mix...
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    Like i said, depends on certain clones. To perform such an experiment it'd have to involve a large quantity of plants in each group. That way it would allow a greater understanding of how the plants would react in a group, versus one or two plants.




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    Doesn't northiana actually grow in accumulated bits of decomposing plant matter in crevices of limestone? Wouldn't this be an acidic soil with slightly alkaline water? I can't imagine very much of the limestone actually dissolves in the running water to make it that alkaline. I had no trouble growing my second northiana in typical Nep soil with some lfs and most experienced growers I've talked to suggest the alkaline soil thing is a myth. The one I grew with limestone chips in the mix ended up dying, but I killed a lot of Neps back then.

    Actually I'm moving away from LFS in my conditions. It just breaks down too quickly and gets tangled up in the roots and is hard to remove. But I still use a little in my mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (srduggins @ Aug. 02 2006,3:07)]Actually I'm moving away from LFS in my conditions. It just breaks down too quickly and gets tangled up in the roots and is hard to remove. But I still use a little in my mix.
    hmmmm, do you have to repot more often using lfs? how often?

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    depends on how often you water and how long it stays wet. it even depends on what kind of pot you use, for example an orchid basket would last longer.

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    the less water i use, the longer the lfs lasts

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