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Richard Hole

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Hi

Do Nepenthes worry much about what potting mix is used if I use coir, peat and perlite?

The coir I had before had some large chunks about 20mm wide but the one I have now does not have them.  It is https://www.bunnings.com.au/brunnings-90l-coir-power-garden-soil-mulch-block_p2960146 .  Currently I have sphagnum based peat and medium grade perlite mixed up in equal proportions which I use for Sarracenia and plan to add other things to that mix for Nepenthes.  The size of the perlite is about 4mm.    I am wondering what proportion of my current coir I could mix with my current peat and perlite mix and if I should add some material with larger particles like large grade perlite that has particles of 10 mm.   I heard about other things like pine bark as well but am not sure where to buy suitable stuff.  Another possibility is if I could buy coir somewhere with just larger particles to mix in.  However, perlite may be easier to get and am wondering what proportion of the larger size to add if I used it.  

Another alternative would be to use 50% peat and 50% large grade perlite that has a particle size of about 10mm and not use the mix I made with the medium grade and keep that for Sarracenia and perhaps not use the coir at all but use it for something else.  Could that be better?

Regards Richard.

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I use pure coconut peat, perlite +perlite and sphagnum it works well for me only for lowland nepenthes.

For highland nepenthes i use kanuma or akadama for nepenthes with a top dressing of sphagnum moss.

It works better with live spag on top as they like to root in it.\

The only highland nepenthes that have grown well in coconut coir is rigidfolia and species similar.

 

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Hi

Below are the Nepenthes I have.  I prefer to use the same mix for all of them.  Do you think a mixture of peat moss and coarse perlite with a size of 10mm would be better?

ventrata or ventricosa x alata
maxima
venticosa x truncata
miranda   According to Wikipedia, it is a ((N. maxima × N. northiana) × N. maxima) hybrid.
gentle
edwardsiana x burbidgea
ventricosa
veitchii x huerilliana
venticosa x maxima
sibuyanensis  
lantern   Lantern (N Rebecca Soper).
ventricosa x caruneulata var robusta ventricosa x truncata
konak   (albomarginata x veitchii)
venticosa x ramispinaa
ventiricosa hot lips
marble dragon
merrilliana
raffiesiana red
spathulata x ampullauia
thai
alata
black night
gothica
sibuyanensis x truncata

Regards Richard.

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i have highlanders in 1 peat : 2 perlite for the last 2-3 years. They like it under my conditions. in this i grow Nepenthes:

Louisa
Sanguinea
Ventrata
Hamata
Rajah
Sibuyanensis
Spectabilis

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