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    Potting Mixture Questions

    Right now, I have my fly traps growing in 100% pure Canadian Spagaeum Peat Moss.

    Will that be ok or should I make that 50/50 sand mixture?
    If so?

    Can I go get beach sand and wash it?

    Thanks

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    definately! Its always better to use a mixture of mixes rather than a pure thing. peat moss is heavy when hydrated and can compact and not give enough air.

    ABout beach sand....I am SKEPTICAL, I never used sand but I would never get beach sand...if u prefer sand use silica sand. OR get perlite.

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    Pure sphagnum peat will work fine for VFT's. Personally I like to use sand in my mix, but I know others that use pure peat with no problems.

    Beach sand is likely to be loaded with salt and other nasty impurities. I would recommend that you use pure silica sand.

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    thanks, ive read that pure peat is fine and now im sure of it

    also, it is better to have a covering like half a coke bottle or just to leave it out normally in the sun?

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    abort! abort! Don't use beach sand! Its loaded with salts, oils, and tons of man-made chemicals that will kill a CP very quickly.
    I detailed in another thread about soil stuff:
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=108907

    i recommend Black Gold Horticultural Sand - make sure its washed and has no added chemicals in it - especially miracle grow or whatever else they put in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Overmind1632 View Post
    also, it is better to have a covering like half a coke bottle or just to leave it out normally in the sun?
    No need to cover them. Just put them in full sun and enjoy. If you cover them and put them in the sun, you will end up with VFT crispy critters. Make sure they sit in a tray or dish that will hold about an inch or so of water. This helps to make sure they don't dry out. Use rainwater, distilled water or R.O. when you water. They need very soft water. Straight tap water will eventually kill them.
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    ok thanks a lot

    im also wondering

    what are the clear signs that a VFT is dying?
    cause I had to repot all three of mine since my brother knocked them over and broke the pot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overmind1632 View Post
    ok thanks a lot

    im also wondering

    what are the clear signs that a VFT is dying?
    cause I had to repot all three of mine since my brother knocked them over and broke the pot.
    If you see alot of leaves dying and no new ones are being made that is an indication that something is wrong.
    Last edited by celox; 06-17-2007 at 07:39 AM. Reason: spelling :<

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