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By gatoruss
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Joined:  Tue Jul 19, 2022 3:27 pm
#418058
I have 3 pots with small VFTs (1 pot has small cape sundews). All recently acquired and recently repotted.
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When I water from the top, it wreaks havoc with the plants -- the water takes several seconds to sink into the soil, causing peat and samd and perlite to float and cover leaves, etc.

Any tips?
By VFTnPups
Posts:  123
Joined:  Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:08 pm
#418060
Did you soak your peat mix before repotting? Peat mix is hydrophobic and needs to be soaked in pure water first. I use plastic squeeze bottles and canister sprayers for top watering. It’s more accurate and less messy than pouring water from a gallon jug. A top layer of lfsm over the peat will also keep it from splashing everywhere.
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By schmeg
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#418079
Agree on a top layer of long-fiber sphagnum moss to keep all the peat in place.

Although my flytraps outdoors get natural rain, when it's dry I water from the bottom, pouring rainwater into the tray. I think my theory is that roots will stretch down to reach water, but it may also be my laziness.

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