Panman wrote: ↑Wed Apr 13, 2022 1:13 pm
There is a definite trade-off in using peat/perlite versus sphagnum. The peat/perlite is easier to bare root the plants for repotting. I find that the flytraps grow better in the sphagnum. Personally, I hate the way perlite floats to the surface even with a top layer of sphagnum. I'll spend my time picking it out of the roots if necessary.
I find it MUCH easier to remove peat/perlite, a small squeeze and it basically just about all falls off. LFSM you have to be REALLY careful or you risk damaging/breaking the roots.
And I still don't understand why people say the perlite "Floats to the top". Any perlite below soil level will stay there, the stuff on top may "float" but so what? I have zero issues with it and and never have in the 20 + years I've been growing these things.