Jonathan F.

Dionaea summer problems.

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Peat may be responsible for this, but I think, like Ian, that it is the perlite that dries and rotates the plant. Put # 3 quartz sand in the peat and some sphagnum heads on the surface to maintain moisture acid on the top of the plant.

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I have just done a tds test and results were:

water butt= 54ppm

water trays that plants are stood in = 64ppm

water butt water mixed with 70/30 peat and perlite= 130 to 150ppm

would this last reading be something to be concerned about or is it simply measuring more ' dissolved solids' due to the media being added ? .

I've never used sand in my mix, purely due to so many reports of it containing unwanted additives.

my plants were originally all topped with sphagnum, more so I couldn't see the ugly peat and perlite mix. In the latest repotting attempt I've used pure peat for the top inch of the media. 

Cheers chris 

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We are both using Shamrock Irish moss peat.

I planted some up in it last year just around dormancy, the others I have done recently when changing to tall pots.. 

cheers chris

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