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  1. Thread: soil question

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    That may well be true in some regions of their...

    That may well be true in some regions of their natural habitat, but not in my pots filled with coir growing medium. The water I use is either collected rain water or reverse-osmosis water with a TDS...
  2. Thread: soil question

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    Not necessarily. I believe Venus Flytraps are...

    Not necessarily. I believe Venus Flytraps are adapted to sandy soil with a relatively small amount of organic matter from various (usually non-sphagnum) plants. Sphagnum moss can and often does grow...
  3. Thread: soil question

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    Because I am already too busy and have little...

    Because I am already too busy and have little interest in doing so myself. That would be a very nice project, but for someone else.

    I'm merely reporting the encouraging results of my own...
  4. Thread: soil question

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    Not a Number points out John Brittnacher's...

    Not a Number points out John Brittnacher's observation that Sarracenia don't grow as well in coir as in sphagnum media, which matches my own observation stated above, although I do wonder whether...
  5. Thread: soil question

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    Sphagnum peat moss and coir growing mediums, comparison

    The photo below shows the results after 14 months of a comparison of a traditional sphagnum peat moss based medium with a coir (coconut husk pith) medium. -Steve
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  6. Thread: soil question

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    Coir works well for Venus Flytraps

    Coir as an alternative to or substitute for sphagnum peat moss in growing mixes for Venus Flytraps

    First, there are two materials commonly called coir--

    Short or chopped fibers from coconut...
  7. Thread: How to mix media?

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    I usually go by volume myself, of dry peat moss...

    I usually go by volume myself, of dry peat moss and coarse blasting sand (silica sand used for sandblasting, available at lots of home and garden stores, lumberyards, etc.). I loosen the peat moss...
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    Keep those roots cool! If you live at a...

    Keep those roots cool!

    If you live at a higher altitude where the sun is more intense because of less atmospheric buffer, or in places where the skies are often cloudless and the sun shines...
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    I agree with Joossa-- Venus Flytraps can easily...

    I agree with Joossa-- Venus Flytraps can easily be acclimated to very low humidity. At least so long as they are protected from very strong, hot, dry wind.

    The two things I worried about in your...
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    The plant is very healthy, so it's probably...

    The plant is very healthy, so it's probably optional whether you want to allow it to bloom this year or not. You could allow it to bloom, and then cut the bloom and put it in a vase of water if you...
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    I'm glad you like it. You may want to trim those...

    I'm glad you like it. You may want to trim those old pitchers from last year off as the plant grows new pitchers, which it will do very soon (I believe it was just coming out of dormancy when I...
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    Forced hiatus? What happened? Life is...

    Forced hiatus? What happened?

    Life is certainly a gamble from day to day. :) At least it feels that way to me. I'm very conscious of my own mortality and my aging self. I still enjoy life though,...
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    Hi Bugweed-- Well, I've not been doing anything...

    Hi Bugweed-- Well, I've not been doing anything too exciting; just this and that through the winter; house maintenance (heater went out during a cold spell, darn it!) and such. Now that the growing...
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    Sarracenia purpurea giveaway

    UPDATE, Feb. 23-- Both divisions of this Sarracenia have now been reserved pending payment of the shipping cost via PayPal. If either becomes available again, I'll update this post. Best wishes all....
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    Yes, those are beautiful plants Joseph....

    Yes, those are beautiful plants Joseph.
    http://www.terraforums.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/Oo.gif
    It's probably rude to ask if you might ever consider offering any of those in trade for...
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    Joseph, does this mean that moranensis-parent...

    Joseph, does this mean that moranensis-parent Ping. hybrids may not need any dormancy at all? Is it not important for them to go through a dry cycle? I admit ignorance; this Ping. was given to me as...
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    Very interesting discussion thread. My...

    Very interesting discussion thread.

    My Pinguicula "Titan" (a Booman Floral product given to me as a gift) is my first ping. As the days grew shorter this year, so did its leaves. I guessed that it...
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    That's a wonderful "cross-eyed" stereogram and a...

    That's a wonderful "cross-eyed" stereogram and a beautiful plant, Peter!
    http://www.terraforums.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
    Although it requires a little more effort to make the...
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    Yes! That's a better explanation than my own....

    Yes!
    That's a better explanation than my own.
    http://www.terraforums.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
    For me, it helps to first align my nose with the boundary between the two images, then...
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    Me too-I'm sorry as well. My family has kept a...

    Me too-I'm sorry as well. My family has kept a lot of birds as pets. I like them a lot.

    Do you ever wish that people who buy birds would be required to do a little research and learning first, to...
  21. Thread: Ok Here It Goes

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    I guess I could jump in here too with a few...

    I guess I could jump in here too with a few comments, being a gay man too and all--

    Farmer Dave, it really is no big deal, and I personally hope that you will simply be comfortable and happy and...
  22. Thread: Canadian Ceph pic

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    Don't be too worried about the humidity, although...

    Don't be too worried about the humidity, although it might be nice to get the plant used to lower humidity gradually instead of all at once. I live in the semi-desert of New Mexico, US, where the...
  23. Thread: Canadian Ceph pic

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    It looks great....

    It looks great.
    http://www.terraforums.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

    Just don't let it stay soggy. I keep mine on the dry side compared to sarracenia and even Venus Flytraps, partly by...
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    Well, I enjoyed that so much that here is another...

    Well, I enjoyed that so much that here is another "cross-eyed" stereogram of the same plant, closer to the plant:

    Cross-eyed stereogram 2 of cephalotus...
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    Hello all-- I made a "cross-eyed stereogram"...

    Hello all-- I made a "cross-eyed stereogram" (which forms a 3-D image if the viewer looks at the picture cross-eyed)--
    http://www.terraforums.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
    --of my...
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