Adrien wrote: ↑Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:48 pm
Could everyone spam their VFT down below? I would love to compare how they grow in different media's.
Are your flytraps kept in a greenhouse during the winter? That makes a big difference in their appearance in early spring. In a greenhouse, the temperature and water is regulated, the plants tend to be warmer during winter, and they aren't exposed to frost or cold, dry winds.
I live just 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of the Venus flytrap's native range. My plants sit in trays on my back patio under the open sky. They had to deal with seesawing temperatures all winter plus 2 months of ridiculously heavy rain (I got twice as much rain as normal in January and February). I tried to drain the trays after every rain, but several times it rained every day for an entire week. My flytraps are looking a bit rough right now, and I'm repotting most of them to fend off rot. My Sarracenia and Drosera, on the other hand, didn't seem to be bothered by all the rain.
I always see other mixes other than sphagnum and it seems to me that sphagnum truly is superior, though I've never tried using any other mix. I don't plan on ever switching from sphagnum either. I always see other plants and compare them to mine and to me sphagnum seems like the clear winner.
This is not a valid comparison. Other people's plants are grown under different conditions than yours. Plus, you've never tried peat moss, so you really don't know how your plants would respond to that media. The only way that you can make a definitive statement like this is to grow two plants of the same cultivar, one in sphagnum moss and the other in a peat moss/perlite/sand mix, in the same environment and watering schedule, and compare them.