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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by jht-union » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:22 am

Sky924 wrote:The sand for the lack of nutrients and the moss for more a little water retention when they go dormant.


I actually have a vft from lowes growing in a mix of LFSM and silica sand, i was growing it in pine needles but it didn't work out well, it is too aery, you will have to cut the pine needle in very very small pieces, and also i guess using it with silica sand would help tooo. But so far the VFT is recovering really well, since it was growing in all pine needle and it almost dried up is throwing little traps, so there's no way to prove whether or not an adult VFT would grow well. But it works well for me, so give it a try! :)
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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by Sky924 » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:40 am

Pine needles i am shy of,, pine has a lot of oils and aromatics and such,,, there is a chance that the oils in pine do not agree with VFTs since they do not grow naturally in the same enviroment. But who knows man thats why we are here,, to live and learn. I get my moss in bags that i swear at times look like weed!!! LOL,,, brings back old memories. I too grind up the moss into a soil like consistancy. What matters most is what works for each person best.
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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by jht-union » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:29 am

Sky924 wrote:Pine needles i am shy of,, pine has a lot of oils and aromatics and such,,, there is a chance that the oils in pine do not agree with VFTs since they do not grow naturally in the same enviroment.



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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by Sky924 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:06 am

I dont guess ,, best guess is experience and pine needles do work,, but i rather stray away from them based on past experiences.
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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by Nats » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:21 pm

If you could compost a whole bunch of pine needles that would make a more natural
media since that (and a little sand) is what they grow in in N. Carolina.
If you visit the bogs and wetlands there, you will see thick carpets of pine needles
all over the place.
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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by jht-union » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:00 pm

Nats wrote:If you could compost a whole bunch of pine needles that would make a more natural
media since that (and a little sand) is what they grow in in N. Carolina.
If you visit the bogs and wetlands there, you will see thick carpets of pine needles
all over the place.


Have been there, but without luck of seeing VFT's or any other CP. :(
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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by pieguy452 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:56 am

what i am wondering is why all sand makes the traps bigger?
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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by nep lover » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:08 pm

jht-union wrote:
Nats wrote:If you could compost a whole bunch of pine needles that would make a more natural
media since that (and a little sand) is what they grow in in N. Carolina.
If you visit the bogs and wetlands there, you will see thick carpets of pine needles
all over the place.


Have been there, but without luck of seeing VFT's or any other CP. :(
shoot! I live next wilmington and i have never seen them! I have heard storys of VFT being found onthe Marine Bases is the area.
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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by jht-union » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:47 pm

pieguy452 wrote:what i am wondering is why all sand makes the traps bigger?


The roots can go deeper below because the grains of silica allow the roots to dig deeper.
It is aery therefore gives perfect aeration to the plant! :)
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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by rhys1234 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:08 pm

amazing. i never used that type of sand. ill try it out! thx

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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by jamez » Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:35 pm

It's about drainage. Use an airy growing medium and you get the same results.

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Re: If you want bigger traps grow your VFT in all silica san

by Moshelly1 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:28 pm

Hi there I am also growing from seeds trying 2 different methods of growing, first is with wet peat moss and the second is with wet tissue, it's 6 days and roots are starting to grow, I'm curious as to how long it takes to grow first leaf or trap from time when first root appears till first leaf or trap?

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