Question Currently excavating small , dapple shaded area in central La. Zone 9 for bog garden. Would like to grow hardy carnivorous plants mixed with non carnivores. Please advise as to best mediums, & ph for bog to maintain healthy environment for plants. Also should plants remain potted with pots sunk into medium or planted directly into medium?7
Answer Hi Cherry,
First place to begin is that a location for carnivores will need to be full sun. Dappled light will result in weak plants that don't stand up, and get diseases and pests easily. The media should be a 50/50 mix of peat moss and sand with nothing else added. The bog garden also has to be lined so that it doesn't make contact with regular soil. They need to be in a very low nutrient soil. Most non-carnivores will not survive well in that media since you can't fertilize those plants without killing the carnivores. You can put other true bog species with them such as bog orchids, cranberry, Labrador Tea. Planting the carnivores such as Sarracenia, flytraps, and sundews directly into the media works best. You get your best looking specimens that way. Here's some useful information: http://www.pitcherplant.com/bog_making.html
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