Re[2]: Media Revisited
15 Mar 94 10:02

> The perlite keeps the mix open and improves drainage. However
(and for
> what its worth) the few _Dionea_ that I've seen in the wild grow in a
> mixture of peat and fine sand. The sand is much finer than any
perlite or
> vermiculite I've seen and derives from older coastal shoreline
> in the area. My default mix is 2 parts peat moss, 1 part vermiculite,
> 1part perlite. I save the sphagnum for special cases since its fairly
> expensive.

*I made very bad experience with perlite. It is a good way to kill



I have used perlite/peat and perlite/sphagnum mixtures for years with
Heliamphora and have gotten very good results. I flush the newly
planted pots with copious amounts of water. It is conceivable that
perlite from different suppliers may have high concentrations of salts
or other toxic minerals, though.