Re: Hydroponicly grown CP's?

Brett Lymn (
Thu, 29 Dec 1994 12:07:04 +1030 (CST)

According to Clarke Brunt:
>I can't speak about Nepenthes, but from what I hear,
>the idea is similar, but the soil includes bark and
>other things to make it more 'airy', the plants are
>*not* stood in water, and plant food is sometimes

I grow my nepenthes in pure chopped sphagnum and they seem to like the
treatment. That and the occasional blow fly that is silly enough to
get into the house ;-)

>What exactly is the definition of 'hydroponic'? Is it
>any system where the 'soil' has no nutrients of its
>own and everything is supplied in solution? Even when
>the soil *does* have nutrients, they have to dissolve
>in water to be absorbed by the plant, so I don't really
>see what the difference is.

With a lot of plants the levels of various nutrients and elements that
the plant requires to grow are very difficult to get just right. This
means the plant does not do as well as it should even after a lot of
work. Healthy soil, in many cases, is simpler to deal with than
hydroponics. Anyway, CP should be good candidates for hydroponic
growing since the conditions they like are approaching it anyway. I
would suspect the major thing to get right would be the Ph of the

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