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Poll: What mix of soil do you use for your Darlingtonia? (31 member(s) have cast votes)

  1. Live spaghnum-moss (13 votes [41.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.94%

  2. 50:50 Peat:sand (5 votes [16.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.13%

  3. Other (please post what you use then) (13 votes [41.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.94%

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#1 denmark.dk

 
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Posted 04 April 2004 - 14:39 PM

Hi all
I've just won the auction including a medium Darlingtonia. Now I've been searching the internet for preferred soils for this species, and it seems there are many different mixes. Which one do you use for yours?
Cheers
Mathias

#2 Tim

 
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Posted 04 April 2004 - 14:59 PM

Anything at all. They are very easy. I use peat and perlite. They can get a fungus if they are not well aired, though, so give them fresh air if you can.

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 15:01 PM

I have my experimantal Darlingtonia planted ON live sphag over a layer of largish gravel, in mesh pots designed for pond plants.

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 15:26 PM

I have transplanted my Darlingtonia into a compost containing a high proportion of granite chips, grit and sand this year in an attempt to mimic the natural conditions.

However, as Tim says this plant is tolerant of a wide range of substrate mixes.

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 16:55 PM

Hi, all

I plant my Darlingtonia in a 50:50 peat/perlite mix, with a 1inch layer of living Sphagnum moss on the top.

Seems to do well so far, in the last year my plant has divided into 6 good sized plants...

:wavey:

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#6 David Ahrens

 
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Posted 04 April 2004 - 18:54 PM

I have used 1 part Hortag granules, 1 part peat, and 1 part perite.
I don't seem to be able to grow it with really large heads though, so perhaps this compost is not quite right.

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 19:28 PM

I use 100% peat with a thin layer of living Sphagnum moss on the top; I can't say if it does really particularly well, I've got the plant less than 1year ago: it is certainly a good solution especially when the amount of perlite in your possession is poor :thumright:

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 20:20 PM

many growers think that they prefer some perlite in the mix, I use a "peat":perlite 2:1, with a cap of live Sphagnum

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 20:37 PM

I use 100% pure live sphagnum moss.

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 21:09 PM

i use live sphagnum and perlite, they seem to be thriving... had to recently separate 8 decent sized baby cobras emerging from the stolons from a single adult plant! :thumright:

Rhian

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 23:12 PM

Peat & Perlite for me too! I had them in pure sphagnum but found they're better in the mix - the moss dried out too quickly!!

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 15:48 PM

I use a peat / perlite mix 50:50. I have used peat and sand, 2:1 when I have been low on perlite and they grow just as well.

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 17:24 PM

I use 100% pure live sphagnum moss.


Me too :)

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 06:46 AM

i use 4:2:1 peat:perlite:sand, and my cobras are growing like mad at the moment!

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 15:56 PM

I use a 50% peat 50% perlite mix. Plants are growing well :D

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 16:34 PM

Hehe, I use peat and perlite for mine along with most of my cps. I only use live sphag for my neps

Cheers
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Posted 06 April 2004 - 16:38 PM

Despite what some people have told me, I have just planted a Darlingtonia into live sphagnum. It's only small and I was warned that it might fail, but so far it seems OK.

Alex

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 18:38 PM

Hi, all

Well I have just had a look out in my glasshouse today, and the Darlingtonia seed that I had sown last December, (onto the same 50:50 peat/perlite mix that I use for my plants) have began to germinate with a good success rate so far too !

So I'm sticking with the mix that I have used from now on...

:wavey:

Langy