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    I use a few mixes ranging from pure lfs, lfs/perlite, lfs/peat/perlite, lfs/orchid bark/peat/perlite, but my favorite mix is super ridiculous....peat/perlite/osmunda fiber/orchid bark/horticultural sand/lfs

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    Can I ask what is LFS please, & vermiculite is that light yellow chipping stuff.

    I have perlite, peat and orchid bark...

    So it could be a 1111 mix as stated then...

    Next question is when do you repot, I can get a image on the plant at the moment and may be someone can advise me.

    Thanks Noddy

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    LFS = long fibered sphagnum.........as for how often to repot, it depends on growth, your soil and just how sensitive the individual plant is to having its roots disturbed...
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    If you go to Lowes look for this, this is LFS= Long Fibered Sphagnum:



    It's about $4,99 a bundle and will become live sphagnum in a few months time.

    While you're there look for a product similar to either of these:



    It doesn't have to be these brands but what this is, is chipped up Fir Tree Bark and is used to pot up orchids (the Shultz brand from Lowes also has pumice and charcoal added). You can use shredded Cypress Mulch instead of Orchid Barkor Orchid Mix. It's cheaper than the orchid products but you end up with a gigantic 2 cubic foot bag of it and if you have only one Nep, the smaller bag of orchid bark/orchid mix will probably do.

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    One thing that should be stressed is that not all dried moss products sold for orchid cultivation are necessarily long fiber sphagnum; in fact, it is more of a rarity than not, even today. When I purchased dried sphagnum from Lowe's in the past, it was always marketed as Chilean-origin LFS.

    Perhaps it is simply repackaging? I cannot tell from the photograph. I would also stay away from any Schultz products -- which may contain some fertilizers, "special mineral" additives, or wetting agents . . .


    My favorite compost for most Nepenthes involves, by volume, a 2:1:1:1 mix of live sphagnum, along with pumice, perlite, and fine orchid bark. The compost is long-lasting, airy, and not easily compacted. Barring that, I've grown many others in live sphagnum only.

    To add further insult to injury, I also water most of the Nepenthes -- in orchid pots or net pots for the most part -- via the verboten shallow tray system without loss . . .
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