Carnivorous Plants forum: A question for soil.

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kaloqn_0998
Aug 31, 2017 6:07 AM CST
Hello, I'am new in the forum. Please to excuse me for the bad english I now studing it. I have one questions. Do you can to growing Dionaea and Sarracenia only in sand? For example in river sand? Thank you! Smiling
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 31, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Welcome! Your English is just fine.

I do not grow Dionaea so someone else will have to answer that question.

No, do not grow your Sarracenia is river sand. The sand will compact too much and kill the roots. The best choice is 1/2 milled peat moss and 1/2 perlite. The perlite keeps the peat moss from packing. But you have to find peat moss that has not been fortified (fertilizer added). Sarracenia naturally grow in peat bogs.
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kaloqn_0998
Aug 31, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Thank you very much. I understood that these plants may to be growing in mix of sand and pine bark. Well, Sarracenia in river soil (river silt)?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 31, 2017 7:11 PM CST
No, Sarracenia will not grow in sand and pine bark. Nor will they will they grow in river soil.

Sarracenia have evolved to live in a very nutrient deficient environment. If the potting medium has ANY organic material in it, the Sarracenia will die. If the potting medium is not porous, the Sarracenia will die.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Sep 7, 2017 4:04 AM CST
DaisyI said:No, Sarracenia will not grow in sand and pine bark. Nor will they will they grow in river soil.

Sarracenia have evolved to live in a very nutrient deficient environment. If the potting medium has ANY organic material in it, the Sarracenia will die. If the potting medium is not porous, the Sarracenia will die.


I am growing my VFT in half peat with 1/4 sand and 1/4 perlite. They are thriving.



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Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
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tommyr
Sep 24, 2017 7:07 AM CST
I grow mine in a 50/50 mix of peat moss and perlite. Do NOT use miracle grow or any product with added fertilizers.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Sep 28, 2017 6:33 AM CST
tommyr said:I grow mine in a 50/50 mix of peat moss and perlite. Do NOT use miracle grow or any product with added fertilizers.


I have also been giving them only saved rainwater (which is surprisingly easy to collect a lot of in clean buckets and flats in any storm) to eliminate "dissolved solids".
Name: Paul Ferguson
Guymon Oklahoma (Zone 6b)
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okiecowboy
Nov 5, 2017 2:51 AM CST
There are only 2 things I would grow any carnivorous plants in. Peat moss or sphagnum moss. Some plants you can mix either sand or perlite 50 % in to make it perfect for the plant. Venus flytraps grow well in just peat moss, pitcher plants you can grow in a mix of sand and peat moss or sphagnum moss, butterworts in sand and peat moss mixed. the moss stays moist longer so keeps the roots from drying out too fast.

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