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    Quote: from jaie on 12:33 am on April 9, 2002
    Perlite it one of those things that over time will break down and release things into the soil that some plants don't like. Nepenthes being one of those plants that don't like it.

    Hmm........I have never had bad results with Perlite. I have heard of it though. I would say if your plants get dried out once in a while then get rewatered and flushed don't worry about it. I have heard that the only problem perlite cause from the "flurides" that get realeased when it gets old is that your Nepenthes do not die but simply don
    t like it and could cease pitchering,growth,etc. But in general I say if your soil is refreshed or you replant often (every 1-3 years) then you'll be fine. Just my speech for the week. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    You can plant things in pure peat, you must just be careful and watch the soil to make sure it doesn't get super compact.

    BUT...If you replant every year, you will aviod that issue. And as most plants like the root space you are doing them a great justice.

    I have all my Nepenthes in plain peat moss and I haven't lost one to rot. I do however replant and watch the soil to make sure everything is cool.

    Remember that many things will work for many people. I do understand that soil that cannot breath will suffocate the roots and will cause rotting. But that isn't always the case. And if you monitor your plants for things, that is something that is easily caught and can be fixed.

    If you think about it, it helps in many ways. It reminds to repot, and allows for more growth. And in some cases, these plants need more root space over time anyway.

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    I relize this has nothing to do with Tropical Pitcher plants but it is in the same topic. Can D. Adelea survive in pure Sphagnum Peat moss? If not I will just transplant the sundew along with my N. ventricosa.

    Thanks,
    Trav




    (Edited by Travis at 10:11 pm on April 9, 2002)

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    adelae would fare better in pure peat than ventricosa, but what's really best for adelae is pure living Sphagnum. Also good are pure dead sphag, 1:1 peat/sand or, I have found, 2:1:1:1 dead sphag/peat/sand/perlite. I'd recommend you transplant it now, but it isn't really necessary.

    Chris

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    Thanks for the info. I will probably transplant the adelae and the ventricosa when I receive my Sphagnum moss. I am hoping to receive it tomorrow, as it has been a week since I have order it.

    Travis

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    Well, I just transplanted my N. ventricosa again. This time instead of Sphagnum Peat Moss I put it in Pure Long Sphagnum Moss. I hope it survives the shock. :shocked: It survived the first transplant. I am just worried I may hurt the roots [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]. I was trying to get the Sphagnum peat moss off, as I did leave a little on. Is the N. ventricosa a pretty hardy plant for transplanting? If it survives the first week I will post a picture on this forum. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Travis

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    Well, repotting a nep is not akin to repotting your begonias. Nepenthes roots are thin and easily damaged, in my experience.

    Try to avoid temperature extremes, keep humidity high and in bright but not direct light, or, much better, lit artificially in a humid terrarium. If your plant survives, it may not resume growth for several months. Good luck!

    Chris

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