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    I'm having a soil problem.... I'm using 50% Shultz Canadian Sphagnum peat moss(no additvies) and %50 volcanic perlite and about all all of my Venus fly traps have died. Seems thats the roots have rotted.... Can anyone give me suggestions on mixing the right mix of soil


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    I have noticed that some perlite now being sold has Miracid fertilizer added. Otherwise, I see nothing wrong with your soil mix. Personally, I use 100% peat moss, but that is just what works for me.

    If your soil mix is OK, the next questions are:
    How long did you grow the VFTs before they died?
    Were they putting out new leaves for a while and then all suddenly croaked at the same time?
    Did you recently transplant them?
    Perhaps you are keeping the plants too wet?
    Do you have an infestation of some type of insect or fungus?
    Are each of these plants in individual pots or all grown together?
    How old are they? Did they flower or did you cut the scapes?

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    Well..

    I bought them bare root at cooks. They grew good for about 2 weeks. I watered them with the tray method. But that can't be the problem because I bought 1 typical venus and a primaflora prepotted and they are doing fine. So I'm pretty sure that I'm doing something wrong with mixing the soil wrong but I'm not sure what im doing wrong. Am I transplanting them wrong or something also

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    They only thing, if you think you rotted the roots, did you let the tray get dry before watering again? If it was standing in water 24/7, then that may have happened. I dont think the soil mix would have a great effect on them.

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    Hey len, check out my recent thread "Can you diagnose this problem" in this forum. I'm having problems with my VFTs that i think are related to soil, too, but perhaps Cook just had a bad TC batch, because that's where i got mine, too.

    How did they look before they died? Mine are turning brown (like they're burned) around all the edges of the leaves, and entire leaves are dying off.
    There's no 'a' in perlite.

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    The leaves started to turn black and no I only watered every 2 days tray method. I just thought that was normal thing like shock from shipping but I could see growth of fungus near the bulb.

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    What Soil mixture of Soil does Dean Cook use? It looks like he uses sphagnum moss, green moss and silica sand? Can someone confirm this and tell me how he does this?

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    I do not know if this helps, but the leaves of my traps turned black and I thought I was going to lose them all. I changed the soild mix to 70/30, peat/perlite, with long sphagnum at the top. I then moved the traps to a new terrarium with brighter light. They took off within a couple of days and are doing very well now.
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