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    APS isnt bad......$5 for around 6 kilos or so i think.......cheap enough to experiment with.....i like using it in bigger nep pots just for the ballast it provides and keeps the tall ones from tipping over....almost never use perlite anymore.....
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    You should check out the tropical pitcherplant forums. I think they have some good info about it in the species section.

    I recall someone smashing lavarock into pea-sized pieces and then putting their northiana in that. It seemed to work well!

    Good luck.

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    Now we use burnt earth for nearly every species grown here. Sometimes as the main media, sometimes as an additive (e.g. N. ampullaria). The only drawback is that it is not properly and fully fire-kilned so there are chucks which turn clayey when in water. The media compacts quickly and growers have taken to sifting out the powery bits before use.

    At $5 per 6 kg, APS is definitely my choice. But it is not available here...hehe...
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    we gotta make due with what we have to work with
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    Hmm.. I thought clay was what they grow in in the wild. I always wondered how they didn't rot and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefforever View Post
    Hmm.. I thought clay was what they grow in in the wild. I always wondered how they didn't rot and stuff.
    I was wondering the same thing. Clay is notorious for retaining water, just about the best water retention material there is.

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    I grew this plant for a long time, it never got very big but I had it under 6x 40 watt shop lights - Jeff's article says two is better. I had mine in Orchid bark/LFS it grew and pitchered but never got big 8" diameter with 4" pitchers. Once I put it under my 400W metal halide and it became a near bonsai and got even smaller! lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by F R e N c H 3 z View Post
    I was wondering the same thing. Clay is notorious for retaining water, just about the best water retention material there is.
    I have noticed that many, many species of cacti also thrive in clay soils in the nearby mountains. This clay is found in-between limestone fossiliferous rock, which sometimes has obvious traces of iron. Yes, it is much more arid here in New Mexico than it would be in Bau, but... I'm wondering if the alkalinity and mineral content of the soil does something for Nepenthes and cacti - like kill off root pathogens, etc. Even with the obvious signs of mineral content in the soil, I do find ferns, mosses and lichens growing wherever they can (in the shade) over the soil, because it is indeed very water-retentive.
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