RE: Nepenthes and Hard Water

From: Mellard, David (
Date: Mon Feb 01 1999 - 05:42:28 PST

Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 08:42:28 -0500 
From: "Mellard, David" <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg283$foo@default>
Subject: RE: Nepenthes and Hard Water

>Trent here in sunny south Florida. Clyde Bramblett, near Homestead,
>waters his Nepenthes with well water. Kendall/Homestead well water is about
>as limey as you can get! I'm surprised he doesn't have stalactites hanging
>from the pitchers! Everything seems happy, and has been for years. The
>amazing part is he uses the same well water on his Sarracenias, which
>luckily also get the benefits of growing outside--rain. The Nepenthes are
>a greenhouse/lathe house, so only get the rainwater during the summer

A trick orchid growers have used for years when they know they are using
hard water is to flush the plants thoroughly when watering. This prevents
the buildup of salts in the media. Maybe Clyde has learned this trick,
which is why husbandry is just as important as chemistry.


This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Tue Jan 02 2001 - 17:31:54 PST