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Thread: Any advice on rescuing Nepenthes ampullaria x ventricosa?

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    Well. After a few painstaking EC tests I figured it out. (I think) It was the perlite of all things! It has really high salt levels. Not sure how, but it must have nutrients in it.

    Thank you so much for the assist @adnedarn and @bluemax

    I've got them soaking in distilled water to leech out any residuals, then I'll repot them up into a sterile medium. Out of curiosity has anyone had any success using a clay pebble blend? Like a peat/clay or coir/clay? I only ask because I have 2 yards of it laying around.



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    I've no experience with clay pebble blends but I do know of an accomplished grower who never uses perlite due to it often having high salt levels. I can't seem to get myself off of it so I heavily rinse it before adding it to my soil mix.
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    It looks too dense and wet to me. Most of my Neps are in 60/40 LFS and perlite. I only water once they feel "lite", same as you would with a fern in a hanging basket. I would repot, rinsing the roots thoroughly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemax View Post
    I've no experience with clay pebble blends but I do know of an accomplished grower who never uses perlite due to it often having high salt levels. I can't seem to get myself off of it so I heavily rinse it before adding it to my soil mix.
    Unfortunately. I skipped the rinsing step. Any advice on rescuing Nepenthes ampullaria x ventricosa?. I've got a new bale of perlite on order. For now they're potted up in 50/50 peat and aquarium gravel in net pots until I can get them into something more permanent. At least I know the aquarium gravel doesn't contain anything weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pebbles View Post
    It looks too dense and wet to me. Most of my Neps are in 60/40 LFS and perlite. I only water once they feel "lite", same as you would with a fern in a hanging basket. I would repot, rinsing the roots thoroughly.
    Thanks. I think it looks dense from the fir bark in the mix. It ended up being the perlite I was using had really high salt levels.

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