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Discuss water requirements, "soil" (growing media) and suitable planting containers

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By steve booth
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I grow mine in PH 4 -5.5 but it does go higher occasionally for a few months, the ideal level quoted in wikiHow is 4.9 -5.3.
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Steve
By Huntsmanshorn
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Sorry Jonathan_, bad post placement on my part! My post wasn't directed at you at all but I understand your confusion. I was using the idea that you can grow a vft in quartz sand to help support the notion that perhaps the need for a fairly acid media is not entirely correct, as some people had already suggested in earlier posts in the thread.
By Dan Birch
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This post can be deleted. The answer to ph levels was posted below.
Last edited by Dan Birch on Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
By RobieOsborne
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@steve booth,
steve booth wrote:I grow mine in PH 4 -5.5 but it does go higher occasionally for a few months, the ideal level quoted in wikiHow is 4.9 -5.3.
Cheers
Steve
how do you keep your PH between 4-5.5? i just bought a soil ph meter and its reading 7 for all my plants :/ I also have a separate ph reader for the tray water and thats been reading as high unless i put fresh distilled water in it (which I seem to be doing every day now) to drop it down to 5.8ish
By steve booth
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Hi Robbie
I grow the majority of my plants in reasonably high mass bogs outside, so it is a lot easier than in pots. I test in April and add sulphur chips at about an ounce per sq yard to lower the PH per 1 full point. I also add pine chippings and dig them in the top as a dressing, this also adds long term acidity and tannins.
Dont expect the PH to drop straight away as it needs bacteria to work on the sulphur which only work in the warmer weather and dont add too much sulphur as it can go too low!!

Cheers
Steve
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By Dan Birch
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The answer, at The Green Swamp, is 2.4-2.7 ph for VFT’s. Sarracenia’s were around 3.8.
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By RobieOsborne
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steve booth wrote: Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:48 pm Hi Robbie
I grow the majority of my plants in reasonably high mass bogs outside, so it is a lot easier than in pots. I test in April and add sulphur chips at about an ounce per sq yard to lower the PH per 1 full point. I also add pine chippings and dig them in the top as a dressing, this also adds long term acidity and tannins.
Dont expect the PH to drop straight away as it needs bacteria to work on the sulphur which only work in the warmer weather and dont add too much sulphur as it can go too low!!

Cheers
Steve
Thank you for your reply steve! I'm having trouble finding sulphur chips/pine chippings that explicitly say theyre safe for carnivorous plants (I've seen some with additives and it's got me nervous about buying this stuff blindly). Can you message me the sulphur chips and pine chippings you use?

Please and thank you :)
By steve booth
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Hi Robbie

The suplhur chips are just 'standard elemental suphur as per this sort of purchase https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elixir-Gardens ... 0383&psc=1

Over here we have a number of products that are pure pine bark, retrieved from furniture and woodworking jobs, you can get small 100L bags for mulching that are labelled as pure pine bark or as per this https://www.cpa-horticulture.co.uk/bark ... b953e39a89

Cheers
Steve
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By ritanari31
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95slvrZ28 wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:06 am Does anyone know where the idea that VFTs need acidic soil came from? I'm starting to wonder if it's simply something that has been passed down because everyone has seen sphagnum peat moss as the preferred growing medium for so long. Knowing that a VFT naturally grows in extremely sandy soil, it would seem that they would prefer something closer to neutral pH...last time I checked non-soluble sand shouldn't magically make an acidic growing environment.

We need someone on these forums that lives near Wilmington that can test soil pH for us...
All you need to do is get some peat moss and mix it with an equal amount of perlite or silica sand.
By uxleumas
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steve booth wrote: Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:48 pm Hi Robbie
I grow the majority of my plants in reasonably high mass bogs outside, so it is a lot easier than in pots. I test in April and add sulphur chips at about an ounce per sq yard to lower the PH per 1 full point. I also add pine chippings and dig them in the top as a dressing, this also adds long term acidity and tannins.
Dont expect the PH to drop straight away as it needs bacteria to work on the sulphur which only work in the warmer weather and dont add too much sulphur as it can go too low!!

Cheers
Steve
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