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    bigger pots need to be watered less consistantly, which my plants seem to like considering cp dont like to dry out.

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    why are the clay pots bad

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    Terra cotta pots have a tendency to leech minerals and salts (I believe) into the soil over time. Minerals in soil = dead VFTs. For best results stick with plastic or glazed ceramic pots for your VFTs and leave the terra cotta for cactus.

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    I was at Lowes the other day and they have these pots that are glazed ceramic on the outside, have an inner ceramic pot that is not glazed. The idea is to put water in the outer pot and the inner pot will slowly absorb it. Has anyone tried these for a VFT? It would definitely keep the soil moist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jjhall @ Jan. 08 2004,08:09)]I was at Lowes the other day and they have these pots that are glazed ceramic on the outside, have an inner ceramic pot that is not glazed. The idea is to put water in the outer pot and the inner pot will slowly absorb it. Has anyone tried these for a VFT? It would definitely keep the soil moist.

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    You'll run into the same thing Steve talked about above. The clay absorbs the water and any disolved minerals in it. Eventually the minerals start leaching back out of the clay/ceramic pot and into the soil your plant is in. It may take longer with this pot, as the minerals will have to work through from the outside, but down the road a few years you will end up with the same thing.

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    A 2" pot will work for 2-3 years after you get a plant fresh from tissue culture. After that, they may start to outgrow it, but you can just transplant them then. In my experience, vft fresh from tissue culture have very tiney root systems [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]... but my oldest flytrap has enough solid root mass to compleatly fill a 3" pot without any soil o_O It is an extream case though (does not divide like most plants do when they get big)
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (BigCarnivourKid @ Jan. 08 2004,18:43)]You'll run into the same thing Steve talked about above. The clay absorbs the water and any disolved minerals in it.
    I am using purified water with my VFTs as I don't trust my tap. Would this be OK in my situation? I'm thinking of getting one of the pots for a spider plant or two, but I use tap to water those.

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    Clay comes from the ground, so it starts out with minerals, salts and other garbage. This makes it unsuitable for CPs. Spider plants on the other hand (and I have no idea what those are, all I know is that they are not carnivorous) may be able to take a higher concentration of minerals, and do fine in a pot like that.

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