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  1. gill_za

    Cephalotus consolidated

    I haven't been on here for a long time but I retained most of my Cephs and still grow other plants in a bog outside. I would like to share a long-term observation regarding growing cephs: I have noticed that mixes that have APS or Turface (no matter how thoroughly you wash it) in them do not do...
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    Sarracenia pitcher lid drying

    Hi there, A few Sarrs in my recirculating mini bog had this issue for a while. The tip of the lid begins drying. The plants push out new pitchers regularly and seem to be doing fine overall. Plans were inoculated with beneficial mites and some time after that when the issue persisted were...
  3. gill_za

    Cephalotus consolidated

    A new jewl in your collection?
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    Has anyone found a good "Coarse" silica sand?

    Some people just place the ping onto wet mix. I used to make a little mound with a cavity on the top and place the plants rhizome in that cavity. I only did it because some pings tend to "lift" themselves with the leaves out of the soil and sitting on top of something mediated that to a degree.
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    Has anyone found a good "Coarse" silica sand?

    Yeah it should be perfectly safe. I had some elaborate mixes similar to what you are describing and as long as you wash everything thoroughly it can sit in water for weeks on end and never develop any slime or moss. And if you start having issue just cover the top layer with some sand and forget...
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    Has anyone found a good "Coarse" silica sand?

    APS or APM contains acrilite and zeolite. And if I remember correctly Turface is just a brand name for one of them (i think acrilite?) It will work fine. The only potential mentioned by members here and there is the leaching of aluminum from substrate in the acidic environment of peat. I have...
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    Has anyone found a good "Coarse" silica sand?

    wash it with tap water until the water runs clear and leave soaking overnight in distilled water. It will leach out more minerals. Rinse once more after that with distilled water and you are good to go. I use it for pings and cephs. Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
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    Has anyone found a good "Coarse" silica sand?

    You could use Aquatic Planting Soil (Turface). Just soak it thoroughly to leach stuff out. Walmart supposedly sells them im 20lb bags. Also it is often available in local nurseries...
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    Has anyone found a good "Coarse" silica sand?

    Hi there, i recently described my sand adventures here: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/general-discussions/140928-brand-sphagnum-peat-moss-2.html#post1196909 Look foor pool sand suppliers and for well building companies. Hope it helps.
  10. gill_za

    CP Friendly Peat Moss Brand?

    There are plenty of threads about it on TF. Here is mine: Search
  11. gill_za

    Cephalotus consolidated

    Does it ever get direct sunlight?
  12. gill_za

    Self watering recirculating pot for outside

    Although this would be perfect, it is definitely against the rules. These ******** from condo association not only have a limit on the pots (2!!!!) that we may have outside but also on what can and can not be kept outside, and this is definitely not going to fly well with them. I have added a...
  13. gill_za

    Cephalotus consolidated

    I was thinking about it recently as well. It is not the outside conditions that I am worried about it's the human curiosity that I am sure will affect the plants adversely. I do have a recently rooted pitcher I could try and plant in the bog. In my experience the younger ceph growth adapts...
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    Self watering recirculating pot for outside

    Although your ideas would definitely work and I did consider them seriously!!!, I am leaning towards some kind of a plastic enclosure with holes large enough for the insects to pass through and provide air circulation but small enough for the sticks and fingers not to.
  15. gill_za

    Cephalotus consolidated

    Interesting. Are the aquarium gravel particles you mention almost oval in shape, really smooth? The stuff I have is literally crushed quartz :)
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    Preventative for sarr rhizome rot?

    I am not sure if someone mentioned or not, but consider inoculating the soil with a mix of Trichoderma Atroviride from AmPac Biotech and Trichoderma + other Beneficial bacteria found in Great White - Premium Mycorrhizae product. Mix both into water and water with the mix ones every few weeks.
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    Self watering recirculating pot for outside

    So in the full the it takes around 3.5 weeks for the water level in the bottom container to drop below a point where pump stops working. The highest TDS I have seen was 20ppm. On the other hand neighborhood kids trigger the traps with sticks. ..literally broken inch thick sticks. How do I know...
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    Cephalotus consolidated

    Jcal, also see if there are any "Well construction" companies around. They use industrial silica for well lining as I mentioned in the reply to your original question. The sand I am using is not aquarium gravel as it is too sharp. The particles are about 2-3mm in diameter.
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    DIY remote controlled LED fixture

    Very nice! Plants look great! Keep up the updates.
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    Some pics

    Heli, Welcome back? Where is this from?
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