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    Hi, I have a terrarium with a few plants in it and a while back my plants where growing with some moss on top and dirt in the bottom. After a while it seemed that the moss was taking over everything. I just decided to take all of the moss out and put new tropical dirt in the terrarium. Everything is growing fine but I just had a few questions.

    It seems like every picture I see on this site each plant has thier own individual pot to grow in. And on top is a layer of moss. The thing i'm confused about is what you guys put under all that moss?(and what type of moss you use). I would also like to know if all nepenthes like to be put in individual pots and with how much of each medium you are supposed to use?

    Also, some of the terrarium i see have some sort of rack on the bottom. Is that for holding the plants above water (if thats what you put in the bottom of the terrariums?). Or is it just for easy cleaning?

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    Hey turner.
    I'm a bit of an amateur myself, but from my understanding, most any medium that is well aerated and nutrient-free will work well (YES: perlite and peat moss. NO: potting soil.) You can look at the Nepenthes guide by Chris Creel/David Parks on Barry Rice's Carnivore FAQ for a more comprehensive treatment of potting mediums.
    Those racks are, indeed, to keep the plants above the water - at least, that's what I know them to be for. Nepenthes don't like to be in standing water. Some people use this stuff called eggcrate that's sold at home improvement stores for screening off fluorescent lights. Another option would be those wire racks that people put in their fridge/freezer/pantry to make extra space.
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    I don't put anything special on top of my Nepenthes. I use 1/2 LFS and 1/2 fern fiber to plant them in. I'm pretty sure that they would do okay in the same pot as long as it's large enough, and as long as they can grow in the same conditions. Though it is neat to see a 'forest' of Nepenthes, and they have a great one a California Carnivores (in individual pots, but overgrowing each other).

    The rack is to keep the plants above the water, as they like a well drained pot.
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    The rack serves two purposes. As mentioned it holds the pots up out of the water, but it also allows the water to evaporate and keep the humidity up in the terrarium.
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    Sorry, forgot that one...
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    For my neps, I use about half long-fibered sphagnum, and the rest a mix of orchid bark, charcoal, pumice, and perlite, in various proportions. I don't layer them, it's just all mixed up.

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    I mix sand & peat and then topdress with LFS. The sand I use is call pool filter sand and comes from a pool supply place. The peat is Nirom brand Canadian peat, from Home Depot. The LFS comes in a rectangular plastic bag, also from Home Depot. All are rinsed well before use.

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    My mix is similar to Capslocks:

    LFS
    orchid bark
    smashed up lava rock
    perlite
    charcoal
    vermiculite
    sand/peat mix
    granite chips

    Another thing I am starting to do is use pond basket style pots. I just ordered some 3 inch, 5 inch, and 8 inch size from a place called Home Harvest Gardening

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