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By Kaila
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Joined:  Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:30 pm
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Hi guys!

I've tried doing 1/2 sphagnum peat moss + 1/2 perlite and 1/2 sphagnum peat moss + 1/2 silica sand mix on my VFTs but I noticed that tons of people seem to be using long fiber sphagnum peat moss on top of their VFTs. It made me wonder if it's a better mix.

What's your experience in terms of medium? I'd like to know what your best mixes are to see if I can get better results from what I'm currently using. My dream is to someday have a little pot which is overflowing with VFTs (which I can't achieve yet as of now). So far my VFTs just grows new leaves but a lot of the older one dies as well. Haven't had the luck of increasing the number of traps yet.

Does anyone know the secret to growing big clumps of VFT? :lol: Pls share :D
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By Leathal_Traps
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Joined:  Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:27 am
#264845
I use pure long fiber sphagnum moss. My venus flytrap pot currently looks like a salad bowl.
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By Kaila
Posts:  125
Joined:  Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:30 pm
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Leathal_Traps wrote:I use pure long fiber sphagnum moss. My venus flytrap pot currently looks like a salad bowl.
Don't you get a lot of algae growth though?
By Leathal_Traps
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Joined:  Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:27 am
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Kaila wrote:
Leathal_Traps wrote:I use pure long fiber sphagnum moss. My venus flytrap pot currently looks like a salad bowl.
Don't you get a lot of algae growth though?
Surprisingly not at all. The pot is very deep so the surface can dry out with the roots still having plenty of water. Here is another pic a few weeks ago
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By pieguy452
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Joined:  Sun May 22, 2011 11:09 pm
#264850
I still use the old school 50% peat/ 50% silica sand mix. I find my flytraps are very happy in such a mix. Never had a problem with drainage. Don't really see a need to add perlite or anything. One thing I did want to do is use a larger grit sand than what I currently use. It's pretty hard to find, though.

I've considered switching to long fiber spahagnum moss though. Still doing research on it. Both have their pros and cons I think.
By altemar
Posts:  171
Joined:  Wed May 02, 2012 7:15 am
#264852
I actually tried something new this year the bottom half is long fiber sphagnum moss, the top half is 50/50 pear/petite. And my plants are loving it. Growing a lot better than previous years.
By Sakaaaaa
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Joined:  Thu May 12, 2016 2:18 pm
#264903
altemar wrote:I actually tried something new this year the bottom half is long fiber sphagnum moss, the top half is 50/50 pear/petite. And my plants are loving it. Growing a lot better than previous years.
Why the heck do you use pears in your soil mix!?
By st00pid
Posts:  40
Joined:  Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:12 pm
#264913
100% LFSM. You don't really see too many "Help! My VFT is dying" type treads when the plants are in this. That's why I use LFSM
By Kaila
Posts:  125
Joined:  Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:30 pm
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Seems like LFSM to be the popular choice for VFT. You guys don't get the problems of moss or algae?

Also has anyone of you keep your VFT on terrariums?
By altemar
Posts:  171
Joined:  Wed May 02, 2012 7:15 am
#264946
Sakaaaaa wrote:
altemar wrote:I actually tried something new this year the bottom half is long fiber sphagnum moss, the top half is 50/50 pear/petite. And my plants are loving it. Growing a lot better than previous years.
Why the heck do you use pears in your soil mix!?
Lol sorry auto correct changed it from peat to pear and perlite to petite. Lol
By pieguy452
Posts:  2460
Joined:  Sun May 22, 2011 11:09 pm
#264947
It would be very interesting if someone did a test with a few similar flytraps in different growing mediums, then observed their growth over a few months.
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