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    Apparently. I was giving them a little squirt every 3 or so days, and the edges of the leaves started turning yellow. I turned that into once a week, adn they still did. I kept extending the time until they looked happy, and it ended up being about once every two weeks. I guess you grow them more like a succulent lol.

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    Hi phissionkorps, I am form Seminole, OK. It is about 60 mi east of OKC. Well I have had my truncata for about 3 weeks now, and have been giving it a misting of rain water every three days tell it runs out the bottom. So far it seems happy with it, and growing. I have both my Nep's in an east window that gets 5 hours of direct morning sun, and indirect the rest of the day. They seem to love there new home.

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    So that's what I'm doing wrong with my truncata, I'm watering it.

    The mix actually holds water for a couple days but if you miss watering it the plant will suffer. I put a saucer underneath to hold a little water so I wouldn't have to be so precise when I water. It wouldn't hurt to water every day with this mix.

    I water every day with my current mix of cedar bark/mulch, pumice and orchid bark except when it is cloudy and cool.
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    Thanks srduggins for the info. Yes everything I have read about soilless mixes, stated that it was almost imposable to over water. The mix drains so well you would have to submerge the pot before that would be a problem. So the main draw back with using this mix is that it drys out really fast. That would be a big problem if you had to be away from home for even two days. I am guessing that is what happened with your mirabilis? But I would thank that by setting the pot in some water as you stated, it would probably buy you a few extra days in a case like that. Well I have already ordered the LECA expanded clay, and some Aerolite (extra large perlite, more like pumice). So I am going to give it a try! So my mix well be 1 part LECA, 1 part red lava, 1 part Aerolite, 1 part laterite, and a bit of osmocote. It will probably be a few weeks before I have everything rounded up, but I will post before & after pics after I get them transplanted! Thanks to all for the advice, and info! You are all greatly appreciated!

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    Well my Lecastone, and Aerolite arrived today! And I did some calling around, and was finely able to get some black lava stone! Wow that stuff is hard to find in my area! I called like six different nursery's, and garden centers before I finely found a source. So now all I need is the laterite, and I'll be in business!
    I also picked up some Osmocote, but I thank I grabbed the wrong kind. The kind I got is for acid lovers, azalea/camellia/rhododendron. And the N P K is 9-6-6 with 18.7% Sulfur, and 2% Iron? Is anyone experienced with working with this stuff? Will this type be bad for my Nep's? I would be sick if I fried my Nep's!
    Thanks for anyones advice.

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    Arrow Update

    Well after getting all the ingredients for my inorganic mix, I decided to experiment with it before actually planting my Nep's in it to see how fast it dried out in between waterings, and/or anything else that could be wrong with it...
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    For the test plants I used some cuttings of pothos vines that I took a month or so back as the ginepigs. Up until now they have been in strait water, and where just starting to develop new roots.

    Poor things..
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    I have had the cuttings in the inorganic mix for three days now, and there are two things that have changed my mind about going with this all inorganic mix. For one thing the mix drys out way to fast! I have been having to water at least twice a day to keep the stuff moist. That would be a bad deal if I had to be away on a trip or something, I would have to have someone babysit them the whole time wile I was away or they would dehydrate! And the worst thing I have discovered is that the mix is so lite that every time you move the pot even a little, the mix shifts around, and makes a sound like two sheets of sand paper being rubbed together! I don't believe that my Nep's would appreciate there roots being sanded on every time I wanted to move there pots!
    So what I have decided to do is to mix it into LFS for added water retention.

    The mix is 1 part sphagnum, and 1 part of the inorganic mix.
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    My sanguinea blood red form in a 3" pot on 2/14/08, the day after I received it.
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    and after, in a modified 6" hanging basket with the new mix.
    2/26/08 these sanguinea's are sure enouth fast growers!
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    My truncata in a 4" pot on 1/29/08, the day after receiving it.
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    My N.Truncata

    And after, in a modified 6" with the new mix.
    2/26/08. it's color is looking better
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    finly just now starting a new shute
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    So far both plants haven't showed any signs of being traumatized by the new mix, or by being trasplanted. But I would thank that they should do well with the extra aeration of this mix, and the holy pots. But only time will tell.
    I'll keep you updated.
    Thanks

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    That's quite a lot of LFS for an inorganic mix....
    I was under the impression you were looking to go totally inorganic?
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    pk, I think you missed a paragraph. Due to his test run with the vine cutting, he didn't feel the use 100% inorganic was going to work and changed it to a ratio of 1:1 LFS to inorganic.
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