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    Hi, I will be receiving Neps soon (bongso, ramispina, sanguinea and spectabilis x aristo if any of you are wondering) and the plant come bareroot, unfortunately (I don't like bareroot IMO). I know there are a lot of mixes people use, but I was thinking either 1:2 sphagnum/perlite, 1:2 peat/perlite, or 1:2 sphagnum/orchid bark (I would appreciate it if someone told me which brand of orchid bark to use.) Which one would you guys think is better for Nepenthes in your experience? I know I should've used the Search function, I don't have time right now.
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    I have used everything from:
    50/50 peat and sand
    orchid bark, LFS, and perlite - fairly equal parts of each (the orchid bark is the Better Gro brand)
    50/50 LFS and perlite
    what I am using now - cyrpess mulch.

    Depending on pot size, I might add about 1/3 LFS to the cypress mulch to help hold moisture.

    I wouldn't recommend the 50/50 peat and sand for what you are receiving. Same goes for 50/50 peat and perlite. This is good for boggier Neps like Bicals and Amps.

    Through my experience in my conditions the orchid bark, LFS, and perlite mixture acts about the same as the 50/50 LFS and perlite. Those I water about every other day.

    The cyrpess mulch, with or without LFS will need to be watered on a daily basis. If you plan on using really small pots (less than 4") I wouldn't recommend it as it would most likely dry out too fast, or require watering twice a day.

    Just my two cents.

    Also, congrats on the new plants!

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    Well, in my experiance, they all work, but Orchid Bark/Peat/LFS works the best imo. A little bit of Horticultural sand never hurt anyone either

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    Ah, ok. Thanks I think I might go with the orchid bark/LFS/peat mix or something similar.
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    Is it realy necesary to use mixes? How about pure lfs?
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    In my opinion, bare root shipping is much better than potted. I rarely like the mixes that come with nursery plants.

    I typically use a small handful of peat, a couple handfuls of orchid bark, and some perlite.

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    Is it realy necesary to use mixes? How about pure lfs?
    I cannot disagree more. While I have nowhere near the experience that some others have, I despise LFS only potting techniques.

    My Opinion on LFS

    Philcula's N. rajah LFS experience

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    i see your problem with unpotting from lfs....how about the growing results? I'm guessing that none of your neps died from loosing a few roots from the unpotting proces....
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    I just throw together whatever's around. My sanguinea is growing in peat-vermiculite-perlite-orchid bark mix of arbitrary ratios. Maybe if I had some LFS I'd add that too, but not too much.

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