Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

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Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

by ps3isawesome » Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:14 am

I've tried both recipes this season and honestly.... I am prob going to use LFSM for all of my flytraps, sundews, and sarracenias this winter. I am just really hating all the perlite that floats to the top which sometimes covers new growth.

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Re: Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

by nimbulan » Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:20 am

I have never experienced the phenomenon of floating perlite myself, though I do get weird orange stuff growing on it until it gets rained on for a while. Have you noticed any differences in growth between the two soils?

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Re: Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

by YaronR » Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:52 pm

Try putting mulch on top to soften the rain drops, and have drain holes halfway to the top to drain excess water

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Re: Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

by Leathal_Traps » Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:51 am

never tried peat alone, but in general i like using lfsm for everything including cephalotus. everything seems to grow well in it :D

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Re: Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

by SerMuncherIV » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:59 am

I think it really depends on what plant you're growing. My D. capensis love a peat based mix, but my D. burkeana grow far faster in Sphagnum. S. purpurea and S. psittacina are happy in pure peat, but leucophylla isn't. Cephalotus can sometimes suffer root rot in pure LFS because it never dries out, so most people recommend a sand/peat mixture heavier on the sand. I don't really use perlite, it's dusty, annoying to handle/water, and can leach minerals into the soil (usually shown by yellowish discoloration). For most of my CPs, I use a sand/peat mix in various ratios, since most of my plants like it better and it's cheaper.

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Re: Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

by Bristol » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:08 am

Keep in mind that if you grow your plants in LFSM outside that there is a chance for the moss to get clustered in Alge, green slim, that has been a problem that I had experience using LFSM outside. I have also experienced, depending on how much I water the soil, LFSM tends to become TOO Soggy for VFT's.

If floating perlite is the problem the easiest way to handle it is to turn the pot upside down quickly and the loose perlite falls out..

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Re: Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

by Alvin 415 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:12 am

For VFTs, I use 50/50 sand peat or pure LFSM.

One down side with pure LFSM is that it makes weeding tougher. Pulling weeds from sand/peat is easy. But weed roots really tangle into the LFSM, so I end up removing LFSM with the weeds.

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Re: Soil Debate, LFSM or Peat moss?

by tommyr » Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:18 pm

I'm a peat moss/perlite man.

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