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    I am currently waiting on my N. ventrata in the mail and I was just wondering what soil mixture would work well. I am hoping for one that doesnt have to many different ingrediants so it will be easier to compile.. Thanks
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    What do you have on hand now for ingredients?

    Most Nepenthes are not very picky as long as the mix holds water but yet drains well and lets the roots breath a bit. Usually this is best accomplished with some perlite to keep the mix loose and well drained, Sphagnum to help hold water and loosen it up. Chips of some sort to add a little 'chunk', charcoal, fir bark, coconut husk etc. And a little peat just to help hold it all together. That's what I prefer while others grow really nice plants in nothing but pure Sphagnum, or a simple mix of half peat and half perlite. The key is to keep the plant nice and moist but not sopping wet..
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    i use mainly pure LFS but sometimes add orchid bark and/or perlite to it. they seem to do quite well in this for me.

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    whatever you do, dont make it pure peat, as i found it compresses over time and becomes something like a stone. Zongyi
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    I currently have LFS, peat, and perlite that I have been using for other CPs. when you say charcoal is it special charcoal or just plain ol charcoal.
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    horticultural grade charcoal.. not the stuff you cook over
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    Would some nice mesquite wood charcoal work? As long as it is not the briquets. What makes horticultural grade charcoal so special?
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    No it needs to be horticultural grade.
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