Carnivorous Plants/Darlingtonia


QUESTION: Hey guys. Do you plan to use cat litter pans again for your Darlingtonia?

ANSWER: Hi Jason,

In the past we've used cat litter trays with hole drilled in the bottom for Darlingtonia.  We are going to be building a large raised bed this fall when the rainy season returns for our main stock.  I'm not sure what we will be doing yet for sale plants.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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QUESTION: I should have combined this question.  Will you still use the soil mix like on your video?  Mine are in peat perlite and orchid bark. They are doing fine but I'm wondering if I go with the soil mix you showed plus the wide not deep pot if that might make them happier here. I don't plan to transplant the ones I have but get another one and try the more open soil.

Hi Jason,

That media for Darlingtonia is fine.  I originally got that mix from one of Adrian Slack's books and have had good luck with it.  Just use a good quality orchid bark, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to give it a dip in boiling water before using it.  I've become paranoid about Phytophthora.  Otherwise, out course mix, 1 part peat, two perlite, and one sand, is fine to.  Darlingtonia seem to be a little like Nepenthes in that they are not real picky on specific soil ingredients as long as the basic requirements of damp and well-aerated are met.

Definitely go with low and wide on containers.  When I used the cat litter pans they worked great, and they are cheap.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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