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    I somehow doubt he uses 'green moss'. That would be poor practice for even a newbie, and Dean is anything but that. I don't think it has anything to do with Dean, i was just making random guesses. Anyway, i repotted three of the plants i had in that other soil, and only time will tell if they do better now. Here are pictures of the burn on the leaves:

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    The traps are beginning to split now, and in the second pic you can see the 'typical' in front that has been the worst affected. It has lost all but two leaves, and those two are long (almost etoliated (sp?)) and with small, deformed traps.

    When i repotted, i saw signs of new root growth, but didn't look very closely for root rot, unfortunately.

    Is that how yours looked?
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    Yes. mine looked like that, but a little worse. They have come back bright in color with sizable traps. Good luck.
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    I would have to say that all my traps turned black. I thought I could save them but they all showed sign of mold/fungus near the base. I'm pretty sure It was the soil but I'm still not sure what I did wrong I'm prety sure that the roots had plenty of airiation, I used reversed osmosis water, I watered using the tray method once every 2 days, and I gave them plenty of sun. Only thing that I can think of isa bad soil mixture but where did I go wrong? On Mixing?

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    LenG444,
    Aside from the posibility that the peat or perlite had fertilizer mixed in them, there is also the possibility/probability that the plants were more susceptible to mold problems because of the the several changes they went through getting to you. First they are unpotted and the soil cleaned off, then stuck in a dark container and banged around for several days, then stuck in a new soil mix, in a new environment. That's a lot to take for anybody.

    On a another note, and I stress I don't know if this is what you had, but while Schultz tends to be a good brand, I had to throw out 5 bags of their peat moss late last season because they were so badly contaminated with a yellowish mold. These bags were opened directly after getting them home from the store.
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    BigCarnivourKid said
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    On a another note, and I stress I don't know if this is what you had, but while Schultz tends to be a good brand, I had to throw out 5 bags of their peat moss late last season because they were so badly contaminated with a yellowish mold. These bags were opened directly after getting them home from the store.[/QUOTE]

    That is an interesting point. I have found that brands of bagged sphagnum peat are quite variable and produce different results for me. Two years ago, I bought one "premium" brand (I can no longer remember which) that was unable to grow CPs, they simply died -- that stuff ended up in the flower garden. I have found that Sunshine Canadian Sphagnum Peatmoss works consistently best for me. No, I do not work for the company. The Sunshine bags that I got this year had more chopped up sticks than usual, and seedlings of some conifer keeps germinating. I expect that this particular batch came from the surface of the peat mine.

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    Thanks for Info but Where Can I buy Sunshine Canadian Sphagnum Peatmoss Or Other good brands alike

    LenG444

    I would of thought there would be alot of nursuries in South Florida but I can't seem to find one.

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    Len, if you're on the Eastern half of S Florida, you've got one of the original Nepenthes nurseries in your backyard. Orgel's Orchids, it's called. I didn't make it there last time i was down because it was closed that day [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img], but i've heard great things about it.

    I think i've seen Sunshine Canadian at Home Depot. Worth a try...
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    I was not trying to advertise for Sunshine brand. I was trying to say that there is a lot of variability of peat quality in brands and my experience is that some work better than others. If you are having problems with your CP soil, try another brand.

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