Re: Good soil mix?

John Taylor [Catweasel] (
Wed, 31 Aug 94 10:45:29 DST

> Hi, can anyone out there recomend a good soil mix for Drosera and
>Sarracenia, I am new at this and the only info I got was from a local guy ,
>he siad to use...1 part African Violet soil...4 parts Sphagnum moss....5
>parts washed sand. Any help will be appreciated
> Thanks,RJ

I use the following:

Drosera - 2 peat : 1 sand is a good general mix - you can increase/decrease
the amount of peat for wetter/drier mixes (eg. Tuberous
sundews like "drier" soil - 1:1 mix seems fine)

Sarracenia - I use 3 peat : 1 sphagnum moss : 1 sand (maybe 2 parts sphag.)
"Modern" mixes probably avoid the sphagnum - it's said to
encourage pests/diseases - and use Perlite instead. (I dislike
Perlite because it keeps floating to the surface of the mix).
You could get away with a simple peat:sand mix - Sarracenias
don't appear to be fussy plants (neither are *most* Drosera).

Perlite has *possible* health risks (if inhaled - something like asbestos)
but then, you can catch some fungal diseases from natural products (there
is a nasty one related to sphagnum (?) which was discussed a while back)...

Hope this helps.

| John Taylor [Catweasel] | Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology |
| | Department of Applied Physics |
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