Long-fibered Sphagnum, orchid bark, vermiculite, lava rock, washed river gravel, peat moss, charcoal (2:1:1:1:1:1:1). That is my SUPER-DUPER-DELUX recipie, but I hardly ever manage to get all the ingredients, in sufficient quatities, for it to be useful. :biggrin: I typically use LF sphagnum, orchid bark, washed river gravel, and charcoal (2:1:1:1) with great success. I also use chopped coco-fiber as a substitute for LF sphagnum whenever I find a dry coconut in my back yard. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
Pure Long Fibered Sphagnum. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
My SUPER DUPER DELUXE recipe is Pure Living Sphagnum. I only use it for rare Nepenthes and my favorite ones. I have it with Rajah,Truncata and Madagascariensis as it is still a cutting. My other 2nd choice recipe is Long fiber spahgnum alone. Those mixes are used for the highlands mainly.And my lowland Nep mix is Long fiber spahgnum orchid bark and perlite with a little charcoal. If I don't have any of the above mixes avlable I go with the good ole Peat/Perlite. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
thanks guys I have lots of Pure Long fiber Sphagnum and I will try some of those if I would put charcoal in the mix would I mix it in with all the other stuff
LF sphag: orchid bark:lava rock:charcoal:vermiculite:peat in a 3:1:1:1[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img].25[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img].25
More and more these days I am hearing the highlands and lowlands have much different preferences so I may start working on new recipies as time goes on and new plants arrive.
Charcoal can be mixed throughout the mix and I usually do that and put a layer of it at the bottom of the pot. (this way it keeps the deeper soil nice and fresh, so it won't get bacterial infection or get stale.)
(Edited by nepenthes gracilis at 4:35 pm on May 21, 2002)
Not trying to be a jerk and only because I am a microbiologist...
Bacteria do not 'infect' soil they 'infest' it. Infection is a term specific to colonization of a living host
And that is my usless Jeopardy trivia for the day:)
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