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    Here it goes again-
    What are your growing conditions?
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    -Soil Media
    -Watering
    -Inside or Outside
    -Feeding
    -Biggest trap this season
    -What size Pot
    -How many VFT's you own

    For soil Media I use 25/25/50 Sand/Perlite/Peat but I'm finding that 50/50 sand and peat produces bigger faster growing plants
    Watering- for big gallon pots I let the rain take care of it unless it dries out, for my potted plants I water them just to keep them moist. They usually don't sit in water unless there is a major rain when I just let the water evaporate naturally.
    I grow all my plants outside
    I feed all my plants when ever there is an available trap that looks hungry
    Biggest trap occured in fall measuring alittle over 1.5"
    The minimum size pots are 4" pots and range up to gallon pots.
    I probably own about 50 VFT's not including seedlings.
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    -Soil Media: Over the past 50 years, I have tried all sorts of stuff, but tend to return to 100% Canadian sphagnum peat.

    -Watering: tap water for those in the greenhouse; rainfall in the winter and tap water during the 6-month summer drought for those outside.

    -Inside or Outside: Both. The outdoor plants do much better than those in my unheated greenhouse, but the outdoor "pot" is much larger (see below). It seldom freezes where I live on the Pacific coast in northern California.

    -Feeding: whatever they catch naturally (mostly spiders and pill bugs)

    -Biggest trap this season: about 1.75 inches

    -What size Pot: The outside plants are in a 4 ft x 8 ft x 1.5 ft deep plastic-lined box filled with 100% Canadian sphagnum peat. The greenhouse plants are in 4-inch plastic pots.

    -How many VFT's you own: several hundred.

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    Bob Z., Bugweed. 2 great minds that think alike. But Bugweed has all the looks!! LOL!!! I agree with Bob Z. Pure Canadian Sphagnum has been excellent media for 42 years, and the plants love it. Small traps this year--1.25/1.50 inches. Cooler summer?????? Straight peat works with many CP without added stuff.
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    So is the sand and all that stuff just a myth of some sort? Because I've noticed that the plants with perlite grow a little slower then the ones w/o.
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    Peter, I have always grown my plants as close to the conditions they face in nature as possible. I never found perlite anywhere out there, and have never trusted it. Not one bog I visited had one grain of perlite anywhere, so I never used it. In some CP bogs, there is a really fine grained sand mixed in the soil, but it seems very fine grained as opposed to what some say to do with your plants. Many suggestions, and many mixes come and go, but Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss is what many healthy plants need and want, and have been a main base for these plants to grow in for who knows how long? I'll stick with nature, she seems to do a better job than we do.
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    -Soil Media
    pure LFS for individual pots.
    also have some VFT's in a minibog with a pure peat base, with LFS top dressing.

    -Watering
    tray method.
    they only get top-watered when it rains.

    -Inside or Outside
    Outside, always.

    -Feeding
    they feed themselves like crazy.

    -Biggest trap this season
    didnt measure! over an inch probably.

    -What size Pot
    one "group pot" 8" across, contains about 6 plants.
    some in individual 4" pots.
    (one plant per 4" pot)
    and some in a minibog.

    -How many VFT's you own.
    not sure, havent counted in several years.
    probably about 40.

    Scot

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    -Soil Media... 50/50 Peat/Sand

    -Watering... Top water and tray method

    -Inside or Outside... Outside

    -Feeding... They feed themselves

    -Biggest trap this season... about 1.5 inches

    -What size Pot... Mature plants 4" pots, seedlings 3" pots

    -How many VFT's you own... 7

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    Mine is almost identical to vft guy in South Jersey, except that I have ten plants and topdress with LFS.

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