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    nepenthes substrate...suggestion for addition

    right now i am using 1:1 perlite/spaghum peat.

    I have lfs but don't really care for it....seems to hold too much water for my liking. don't really care for the coco peat bc i have seen bad things happen to neps when it is of low quality.

    I would like to add something else to help "loosen" the soil a bit and help with drainage. I would say sand but I have never heard of anyone using sand for a nepenthes which I assume is for a reason.

    suggestions?

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    Orchid bark and/or APS.

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    I use equal parts medium coarse perlite, LFS and small coconut husk chips. Seems to work great

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    what is aps?

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    I've never used sphagnum peat for nepenthes, it seems way too compact for my liking. I've just recently switched from a mix of lfs, perlite and cypress mulch. My new mix is much chunkier - small coconut husk chips, sponge rock, charcoal and a bit of lfs. I'm still not sure if I want to keep the lfs and I might try a larger size of coconut husk chips next time.

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    One of the best links i can recommend.

    http://lhnn.proboards.com/index.cgi?...ay&thread=1196

    I based my Nepenthes media mix on this thread and i have never looked back.

    dvg

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpbobby View Post
    what is aps?
    Aquatic Plant Soil

    AKA "Turface". More specifically, its a porous ceramic soil conditioner.

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