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    Heh, as soon as I posted the pic, I noticed I buried one of the pitchers. I went down and pulled it out last night.

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    Remember, what Nature has is not always what we want. Hard to mimic the ground water, ect, for a peat swamp in cultivation. Some Florida growers figured out pure lfs works great for bicals for example.
    As for Capslock's mix, it does look beautiful. If you water enough, you can get away with courser mixes. I freaked when I saw N. aristolochiodes that somebody bought at the 2006 conference(from Black Jungle, I think) and it was in pure cedar mulch(I think-it was pure bark mulch of some kind) and it looked great!
    Some German growers have an article in a older CPN using lava pebbles, Seramis and Lectacon(the latter are clay pellet types) and with a few Osmocote an a lot of water, they look great too.
    Is the cedar mulch just garden center type stuff?

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    Just don't drink the pitcher juice, cedar mulch is toxic .
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    you can get cedar mulch at garden centers, but you have to be sure that it hasnt been treated or colored or anything, and i recommend washing it well before use
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    Yeah, this is "GreenAll" 100% natural Red Cedar Mulch from a garden center. It doesn't look like it's colored or treated, but boy did it need a lot of washing! I let it soak overnight, then poured the bucket full of mulch and water through a colander. I put it back in the bucket, filled with water, stirred, and into the colander again. I repeated this last step about five times before I was happy with the cleanliness of it.

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    Has anyone who soaked bark or mulch noticed a turpentine smell from the oils in the wood?
    Natural, but makes me nervoice, lol.

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    While "natural" cp soil media varies, for the most part, though, one can't go to far wrong with sand, peat, and LFS. Can't beat that for texture, water retention, draining, and antisceptic qualities.

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    hm...

    mine is coconut husks, perlite, charcoal, lava rock, fir bark, vermiculite.

    good thing. super drainage. bad, dries too quickly

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