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By Sundew grower
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This is kind've a repost of a topic that never got answered. My nepenthes is potted in a shpagnum peat moss mix. I know you're supposed to use long fiber sphagnum moss but I didn't have any when I got it. Right now I'm watering it whenever the top 1/2 inch or so is dry. The pot has drain holes on the bottom. I was wondering if you could drill holes in the side of the pot to more evenly dry it out. Do you guys think what I'm doing will rot the roots?
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By Panman
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I am no expert as I have almost killed my neps in every way known to man but I had them in straight peat with only bottom drainage holes and had no problem with rot. The only time I did was when I had them in a tray of water (yeah, I know, bad idea but it was before I found this forum)
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By Sundew grower
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I decided to just drill 4 holes around the pot for better drainage. The drill bit would go through the plastic and into the soil a little ways. I've heard that they have very shallow roots. So would this hole be deep enough to where the bit wouldn't hit the roots?
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By BugBiters
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That should be totally fine. You are basically just making your own net pots. I also doubt poking those holes will disturb the roots at all - they really do have itty bitty root balls relative to their size. It will probably be fine even if you snag one, just be cautious.

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