Carnivorous Plants/nepenthes soil


I have a potting mix question,i mainly grow nepenthes and sarrasenia.i never have used mirical grow brand perlite, or orchid bark, or peat.i know you should stay away from that ,but some mirical brand perlite and orchid bark was given to me.i was just wondering how much damage would there be if i did use it.because i looked at lowes and for the moment thats all they have,and i was going to make some cuttings soon, i didnt want to doom them from the start.i was going to make cuttings from n.ventrata,n. Ventricosa, and n.miranda. there indoors under floresent bulbs for14 hours a day, ten 26 watt.i water every other day . Ive bin growing the plamts for 5 years.thx for all the help with everything

So far, I've yet to encounter anyone who said their carnivorous plants grow perfectly fine using that particular brand of soil ingredients.  Yet we have numerous complaints from growers that their plants died after using that brand.  Their products, as you might guess, is loaded with fertilizer.  You're better off being safe than sorry.  Avoid using that particular brand for your carnivorous plants.  (It's perfectly fine to use them with your other non-carnivorous houseplants.)

We sell soil mixes that are free of fertilizers.  Lowe's and Home Depot also sell peat moss and perlite free of fertilizers, but you have to purchase them in bales.  You can find them in the outdoor plant section.

Good growing!
Jacob Farin

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