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