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I received my Venus flytrap and yellow jackets nightmare today. I then realized I had a problem. I cannot find perlite in my area. The moss is available. I have ordered the potting mix from cobra plants. How can I keep my plants alive until it arrives? Any help would be appreciated.


Mary Jo

The plants you received are all potted.  They are good to go right out of the box.  All plants are good in their pots for a minimum of 6-12 months.  Follow the instructions included with the plants, and they will do just fine.  

Good growing!
Jacob Farin

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