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    Some advice on soil media for Nepenthes

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    With more questions as I have a Nepenthes, can someone please advise me please.

    I was wondering can you use the same mix as in VFT like in Sarr's etc

    Many thanks Noddy

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    They usually like airy mixes that don't stay waterlogged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petmantis View Post
    They usually like airy mixes that don't stay waterlogged.
    That pretty much sums it up. Specifically, most of us use, in different combinations: peat / perlite / LFS / orchid bark / pine needles / sand.... If you use peat, mix with perlite amd or anything that has a grain size that allows for good drainage.

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    i generally use LFS until the pot gets bigger than 4 inches than yah have to add something to it like orchid bark cause a 6 or 8 inch pot full of LFS will compact....that basic idea will handle neps 95% of the time.....will other mixes work? sure......do i stick to it 100% of the time? no.....but that there is a pretty safe bet....
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    A 1:1:1:1 mix of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and orchid bark works well for me.

    I think a peat/perlite mix would not be as well-drained as it should be; I'm not sure that even something like a 1:2 peat/perlite mix would be suitable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veronis View Post
    A 1:1:1:1 mix of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and orchid bark works well for me.

    I think a peat/perlite mix would not be as well-drained as it should be; I'm not sure that even something like a 1:2 peat/perlite mix would be suitable.
    there are alot of variables to take into account....i grew a ventricosa in waterlogged pure peat for 2 or 3 years, but it had grown in it from seed......peat and perlite can work but would depend on alot of variables and would have to be done on the fly.....LFS and LFS plus orchid bark is by far a safer bet than anything more complicated....especially for someone just starting out as it rarely fails....but this is just my opinion....
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    The biggest killer of nepenthes is probably rotten roots by being kept too wet. Some species will tolerate it but the majority will not, you can use peat and perlite on most species, but only if you are very carefull with watering or you use a lot of perlite, or even 100% perlite. Spaghnum is also a major problem if it becomes comapacted or you give to much water or your growing conditions are a bit off. Give the roots as much aeration as possible, open well drained media, but keep them moist.

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    actually the biggest issue is to wet with no air in the mix.....use an airy enough mix, a pot with holes in the sided and most can sit in a tray of water....the issue is no air in and around their roots, not being too wet....
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