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    hmm.....you guys are scaring me. Okay....my plant was initially in an 8 inch round pot of PURE lfs. This time however...when I repotted into the 12 inch....I just lifted the entire ball of moss + plant and put it in a mix of LFS+bark 60 : 40.

    Also I have a thick layer of live LFS which drowns my plant...however..the plant seems to love it as u can see my the increase in pitcher size.



    So this is my plant....drowing in live sphagnum as you can see. The central root ball is in pure LFS.....and around that is a mix of 3:2 LFS, bark.
    I really don't want to touch it now as its finally started pitchering. I am still having issues wiht the leaf count. the plant doesn't have more than 5 leaves at once....right now it is sitting at 4 leaves only. (3 leaves u can see here...but another one is completely buried in moss) I always see leaf count as a way to indicate its strength...as more leaves....more surface area to photosynthesize.

    BTW...phil, max and the other rajah experts out there....I realise that my sweetheart isn't really a "pretty plant". I generally refuse to cut off leaves till its totally blackened and withered. I also know that now it looks very un-symmetrical. However, I am hoping that soon it turns out to be a pretty specimen. One step at a time. By getting it to pitcher I feel I got it to the level of "satisfaction" in my humble grow conditions. Next step....waiting for aesthetics.

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    Mine's been in LFS for five years, vraev. The plant likes it - it's just really hard to get it out of the roots for repotting later. But if you just put the whole root ball, lfs included, it may be perfectly acceptable (that's what I'm going to do). Your plant is obviously happy where it is, so I'd just let it go for a while.

    By the way, I usually have between 4 and 7 active leaves.

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    But max...wouldn't that mean the point of repotting is lost as the root ball compacted around the roots will still mean possibility of root and even stem rot

    I am slowly moving away from pure lfs mixes. THe only plants now in pure lfs I have are my bical and ramispina. I am slowly moving to mixes that are heavier in bark..i.e., 60% bark 40% LFS....like the one i use for my lowii, mira and talangensis.

    4 - 7 leaves?? wow! I have never seen more than 5 on my plant at once. However...the last leaf on the left which you now see as a remnant that was cut off was formed under low light conditions and much softer conditions: HIGH HUMIDITY, low light, no air circulation. These newer ones were formed in better conditions...higher light, 55% - 60% humidity, good aircirculation. Obviously...they are a bit thicker...glossier and the plant is obviously liking it.

    thanks,

    Varun

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    Does this big "I don't ever want to be repotted" thing include bicals and its hybrids? If I can get my Nepenthes bicalcarata x ampullaria growing good and seems healthy I might get a rajah next. I can't wait to see what it looks like in fall! I am sure you will get past the 4 leaf limit on you plant soon. I think leaf number is directly effected by root size, right?

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    Yes, Varun, in the event of root rot it becomes trouble having all that lfs in there. However, for normal up-potting - meaning repotting simply for the need for a bigger pot, it's not an issue. I've yet to experience any root rot on my N. rajah (that I know of, anwyay - I never look!), so when I repot it will be simply to move to a larger pot.

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    Hmm.... I do realise that LFS only is good for a couple of years..but phil's experience and other testimonials have made me slowly start going on the lighter side and all my plants in such lighter mixes are doing great...including cephs.

    I guess in our case as you probably have a plant the same size as mine (8 inches diameter), we just have to stay vigilant and explore lighter media. I will probably try getting some charcoal. For a long while..I have shied away from charcoal...using only probably a handful or a few pieces in a mix....but maybe I will try using it more from now. I think when repotting we should try to get as much of the old media out and go for as open as a pot we can find...this way we can avoid probability of rot by having more air circulation in the media.

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    LFS is srtingy right? Well, why can't you just cut it into tiny bit so that it won't hold onto as much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant View Post
    LFS is srtingy right? Well, why can't you just cut it into tiny bit so that it won't hold onto as much?
    No! That would exacerbate the problem. Basically the idea is have a COARSE open media..with the biggest grain size possible to allow air circulation in the root zone.

    Infact getting mushy...thats what happens to LFS..... becomes small mushy paste-like compacting the entire root zone...suffocating the plant to death.

    THe problem is not with it holding the water. The problem is it becoming too compacted whcih would happen if you cut it into pieces: otherwise called MILLED LFS.

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