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    I use equal parts peat moss, perlite, and orchid moss. I'm no where near a veteran as some of the opinions here; but, this mix seems just fine for now. I've even done peat, perlite, and vermiculite before (I couldn't get a hand on all the ingredients) and to be honest, the plant in that mix is probably the best looking one in my collection. If you can, put LIVE sphagnum as a top dressing. I only have one nep like that but it sure looks great and probably raises the relative humidity ever so slightly. You can also use the live sphagnum as a gauge for measure when you need to water.

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    I like 1/1/1 of fir bark, perlite, and LFS.

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    I'm not a fan of lfs live or dried myself. It seems to hold too much water making the mix soggy, I like letting it drain through and need to be watered again within a few days.
    I do use some peat mixed with a lotta perlite. I mix that with bark, lava rock and charcoal and that's pretty much the mix I'm usin these days...

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    When I needed to repot my neps I just threw together a bunch of stuff that I heard were good to use.. I think I mixed.. peat, LFS, orchid bark, and a bit of perlite. It seems to work fine I guess.
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    What is fir bark? What is the difference between it and orchid bark? Where do you get the charcoal and what is the bennefits of using it and what if any are the disadvantages of it?

    What is the difference between activated carbon and charcoal? We have lots of activated carbon that we use in our reef tanks.

    Thanks everyone for all your input, so far I think I will go with a mixture of things and try different things for different Neps until I find the right mix for my environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victoria View Post
    Thanks everyone for all your input, so far I think I will go with a mixture of things and try different things for different Neps until I find the right mix for my environment.
    That's all we can do! Just make sure to let us all know if you find the one Nepenthes potting mix to rule them all!

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    LOL, will do!
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    Victoria, the more lfs you use, the less often you should water. The pot should just start to get light before you water agin. And never let it sit in standing water. If you use chunkier mixes, you should water more. Oh, and most orchid bark is fir bark. The bags I have say orchid bark only. Use your peat moss with some orchid bark and maybe some perlite or pumice, and you have a fine mix. Go half peat moss and half chunky.

    Here's a pic of my mix - this is an itty bitty seedling I just took out of the seed tray. I use shredded cedar mulch instead of orchid bark, but it's only been a few months. So far I'm thrilled with it.



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