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    I wonder if cedar is better at repelling insects than cyprus? Cyprus works great with reptiles/amphibians but cedar is toxic, because of the types of oils in it. Would that apply to pests?
    Cocohusk is great stuff, but not as cheap as garden center mulch.

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    Cypress has its own version of a biochemical oil that facilitates it's resistance to pests and moulds, its called "cypressene"

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    guys, nearly every nep description at nepenthes university says potting mix is LFS. I personally find that the water nearly immediately comes out from the bottom of thepots when the moss is wet...i.e., enough space for air and not too compact.

    I have seen pics of many ppl grow beautiful neps on the CPUK board in LIVE LFS.

    Is it ok? I used dry LFS as I do not have soo much live stuff. Is it good as long as I water once in a week or so...becos for my ventrata which has a peat mix + lfs top layer..I water once in a week + spray atleast once a day and it has gone wild.

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    The forum member called Snowy Falcon was a strong proponent of live LFS and he had obvious success with it. My Judith Finn came from him.

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    LFS works fine and the plants are happy - it just degrades relatively quickly, and can be kept too wet leading to root rot. But half my plants are still happily growing in it. Also, I put live lfs on top of several pots as a top dressing, and it both looks good and keeps local humidity up.

    Fortunately, neps aren't too picky about it, and all of these mixes will work. It's just a matter of how often you water, if you fertilize, the size of the pot, and the local weather conditions.

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    thanks guys! I guess the major advantage is that I can water just twice a week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vraev View Post
    thanks guys! I guess the major advantage is that I can water just twice a week or so.
    Yes, now that I have just gone on vacation for 5 days I wish my mixes contained more LFS...

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    ARE U SERIOUS!! lol! I need to go on a 5 day trip to buffalo for an test. I still think about that trip to come in august.

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