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    They were not labeled before! I know cause all three bellii pictures were not together
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    get them out of that peat based stuff though! I just rotted the roots of a lot of my plants having them in a peat based mix. I moved to a tree fern orchid mix that allows for more drainage. If anything you need to add more other stuff to your mix. I would say it has way to much peat in it. A bunch of redwood mulch would be good too. I lost my albomarginata by having it in almost straight peat. I rotted the roots.

    Other than that the plants look good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_OrchidGuy View Post
    get them out of that peat based stuff though! I just rotted the roots of a lot of my plants having them in a peat based mix. I moved to a tree fern orchid mix that allows for more drainage. If anything you need to add more other stuff to your mix. I would say it has way to much peat in it. A bunch of redwood mulch would be good too. I lost my albomarginata by having it in almost straight peat. I rotted the roots.

    Other than that the plants look good.
    i actually did get some orchid mix stuff that the local nursery mix and bag themselves. i mixed roughly 3:2:1, orchid bark mix:LFS:Peat

    ~b

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    I used this stuff from tropics one. the local nursery sells it here and it is small fir bark, tree fern pieces and sponge rock. It is rather fine for orchids I do think, but I think it will work great for nepenthes. The only orchids I used it on were paphs who like it a little wetter than my other orchids. So I shall see how things do.

    With that said I have a maxima hybrid that is in about 75% cedar mulch with 25% peat that is going great too. So peat can be used just not in a high ratio I believe. Now that I have learned a little from my mistakes.
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    I think if you use some orchid bark and perlite the peat will dont compact too much...

    N. Albomarginata, N. Ampullaria
    N. Bellii, N. Bicalcarata, N. Rafflesiana
    N. Sanguinea (Orange Pitcher), Cephalotus Follicularis
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    I've done well with a 5:2:2 peat/perlite/vermiculite mix for over 2 years. The peat doesn't even break down at the bottom until about 18 mo's in, and then it is only slightly compacted in the bottom 1/8" or so of the pot. I think peat is a bad idea if you're heavy handed with the watering can. If you water properly, peat isn't a problem. I water until it drips out the pots once every 3-5 days...usually about 3 though.

    Hell, I've got fusca Sarawak growing in the same mix , and it grows great/quick.
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    yeah, I think you can see how compact your mix is becoming if you check how good the pots drip when you water the plants, and then play with the porportions of your mix to get the one that works better with you.

    I use a mix of equal parts of peat, perlite and orchid bark (I handpick small pices only to get a more uniform looking of the mix).

    N. Albomarginata, N. Ampullaria
    N. Bellii, N. Bicalcarata, N. Rafflesiana
    N. Sanguinea (Orange Pitcher), Cephalotus Follicularis
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    i replanted today in this mix.



    hows this stuff look, its extremely airy compared to the other stuff...

    its 2:1:1(orchid seedling mix:fir bark:Peat)
    before anyone freaks, the orchid mix is mixed and bagged by the local nursery and doesnt contain any additives.

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