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    I was wondering if N. ventricosa could survive in pure Sphagnum Peat Moss? If not I will have to transplant the plant that I have now. Also, is there any good web site that I can order Pure Sphagnum Moss (I do not need a lot 1 or 2 lbs.) because I am unable to find any around here?

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    i have my ventircosa is a mix of peat/perlite/orhid bark and its doing great. i also have grown one in plain peat and perlite..all are thriving. i can hook you up with some peat. message me.

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    Travis, Not many CP can grow in pure peat, especially Nepenthes. 50/50 peat & perlite is fine, but I think 100% Long Fibered Sphagnum is the best for Ventricosa. Ceph88, he already has peat, he's looking for sphagnum.

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    Travis, get it out of ther right now.Pure peat will suffocate them rot your N.Ventricosa's roots. Plant into Pure Spahgnum moss if possible. I'll message you a place to get some from as I am not posting it publicly here. But I have had excellent results with pure Spahgnum moss/Peat,Perlite 50/50 mix of it/Sphagnum,Orchid Bark,Perlite is good, but the BEST results are with Pure Living Sphagnum moss.

    (Edited by nepenthes gracilis at 7:36 pm on April 8, 2002)

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    Here's a source: http://www.orchid-supplies.com/orchid_moss.html

    So Nep. G., if a nep gets shipped to you in a small container in pure peat you should transplant ASAP into pure moss or some other airy medium? I just ordered a couple and they arrived in pure peat. I'm a little apprehensive about putting them through the extra shoc of transplantation after shipment.
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    (Edited by Dyflam at 8:32 pm on April 8, 2002)

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    Yes Dyflam, it is better to put a Nep. through all shock when it is in shock then it will be over with it for a while. You can avoid shock but holding the plant with your hand, turn the pot upside down and tap the bottom of the pot then when the soil ball slides out no roots will have been disturbed, then simply slide the root ball into a hole made in the new airy Sphagnum mix.

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    Done and done!

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    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.

    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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