I just did a search in the VFT forum to find out how many people are using LFS and couldn't believe how complicated some people's recipes are. *A dash of this; a handful of that, etc. for their VFT'S.
Why then is the only VFT I have that is truly thriving for two years now (without repotting) is in pure LF Sphagnum?
I think the complicated mixtures an attempt to mimic the aery, absorbant, sterile, aneseptic, and wonderful drainage properites that only LFS can provide. A way to keep the peat from becoming concrete; well I've tried them all and haven't had much success unless I go with around 65 percent sand or something; even then it is pretty dense after several months.
I was buying the Shulz brand of peat, which I've heard is good; but I think it is too finely chopped.
Don't VFT'S pretty much live in Pure Sphagnum peat bogs that go down several feet?
The reason you use pure water is because the Sphagnum sterilizes and filters the water in their native environment.
So bottom line; do more people NOT use LFS because of it's apparant inavailability or expense, or they would use it?
I would like to hear what you think?