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    peat: is MiracleGro brand safe for utrics?

    Fellow forumers,

    I've been growing CP for 7 years, but just now I'm starting to grow utricularia. I'm looking for peat to use (which I never used before...I've just grown Nepenthes, and generally stayed away from peat), but the only brand I can find (in the US) is MiracleGro Peat -- and the only peat it sells is "enriched" with their fertilizer. Does anyone use this brand of peat? I'm worried about the blended-in fertilizer burning the roots, hence my question.

    Or even better, can anyone recommend a brand of peat to buy, and where you get it?

    Your help is most appreciated.

    ~mikulas

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    No, it's not. :x A rule of thumb is that Miracle-Gro is always bad for CPs. I would recommend checking an Ace Hardware if you have one. They have bales of peat called Premium...or at least mine.
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    In a pinch when I couldn't find any peat I have used those peat seed starting disks, that they should have at most garden places or large chain hardware stores. The ones I found were not fertilizer enriched and worked very well. They swell up about 10x their size when wet. If you don't need it right away they CP soil is sold at terraforums.com's sponsor's site, http://www.flytrapshop.com/servlet/t...oil/Categories

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    Superthrive is awesome for CP'S. I use it all the Time for all of my Carnivorous plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nepenthes101 View Post
    Superthrive is awesome for CP'S. I use it all the Time for all of my Carnivorous plants.
    Little confused, Mike? SuperTHRIVE isn't the same thing as MiracleGro, the latter is harmful or even deadly to most CPs.
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    Super thrive is actually just Vitamins and plant hormones. I have used Superthrive lots of times with no ill affects. I even soak my new plants and cuttings in the stuff to treat them for shock before planting them

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    right...
    MiracleGro=bad. Superthrive=good(i guess? some people says its simply snake oil.)
    MiracleGro is a fertilizer and Superthrive is simply a plant energy drink,

    stay away from the MiracleGro peat. like chezilla said you can use those peat disks or you can buy it in mass quantities. if you have LFS laying around you can put it through a food processor and it turns into the consistency of peat and it works the same way.

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    Try a local nursery or landscape supplier. If you've been shopping hardware stores, you may even just be looking in the wrong part; at my local Lowes' and Home Depot, they have little two gallon bags of peat for $6 next to the houseplants and potting soils and stuff. But out in back, with landscaping items like cinder blocks and bark mulch, they have bales of peat at some ridiculous size like 14 cubic foot for just $12-$15. (In case you're bad with units of measure, that's more than ten times more for just over twice the price.) The brands probably vary by location; around here, most of the stores seem to carry something called Greensboro or Greensmix... Green-something anyways. Just look for the big 50lb bricks. I'm pretty sure if you find the stuff for professionals, it will just be straight up peat.
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