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    Hi !!
    I'd like to have some information about this iron (Fe) rich compound.
    Is there someone that add laterite in Nepenthes substratum?
    If yes, what is the correct dosage?

    I found a tropical laterite from Sri Lanka could it be useful for some Nepenthes? Wich?

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    Hi Rajah ,

    yes , I do use latterite in my soil mixes for nepenthes. I use it in association with giant tree-fern roots I've found on some islands...

    I breaks the root in little 1in long pieces , I fill my pot with that medium , add , the plant , and at least , I give a good "handfull" latterite to the pot....:0

    Ok , it sounds barbarous , but that's the way I'm rooting all my Neps...

    After 2 years , the soil mix is still there...fern-tree-root is were stable , and a little laterite-add per year is all the "care" I give to my soils...

    Hope I helped

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    Hi there Rajah,

    I too am experimenting with laterite on my, well, one of my N. rajahs! In one pot I have a rajah in LFS & orchid bark, the other two rajahs I'm experimenting with are offshoots from the first one which has been planted (as a cutting, no roots) into two different mixes:
    Exp #1: LFS, orchid bark and laterite clay baked into 1-2 mm size granules (I tried silicate laterite from substrate gold brand before and it degrades and forms a hard mass when used in planting mix I'll say avoid this type)
    Exp #2: LFS, Orchid bark and Flourite this is a commercial Iron & Magnesium baked clay substrate of 2-5mm in size made for planted fish aquaria (which I have plenty of so getting a scoop of this was no problem)
    Someone here told me Ultramafic soils are defined as a mix of Fe & Mg so if either product I'm using has any positive effect I would expect the Flourite to, but so far these two plants have only just now settled in, rooted and started putting out new leaves after a couple months.

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    Sounds Like your doing well with it then eh Swords? what is the leaf span tip to tip ?
    just curious.

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    Yes the rajah is doing well, it was 3" when I got it in June or July but it's a bit weird that the plant is only 8" across and still making 1 1/2" immature pitchers but it's making lots of offshoots around it's base, people have said it tends to do this.
    I removed those two and another two are ready to come off whenever I decide when to repot the "mother" plant from it's 6" pot. Kind of nice to have a plant like rajah self propagate! For a highlander N. rajah is a pretty fast grower but not as fast as N. hamata who seems to be the fastest highlander I have even over the Judith Finn hybrid.

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    your saying your rajah is already puting out more off shoots
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    Yep, 4 offshoots if I remove these next two that'll be 5 plants for the price of one (which I got a good price on anyway) that's a bargin! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    kool, maybe i should finally repot my rajah. since it is still in the same pot it was shipped to me in. had it since sept.
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