Any secret to grow that big plants? Did you changed the pots? It seems like the first pots are smaller then the last pictures. And dou you have a secret recipe for the potting media? Looks like the plants are really healty. congrats for that growing
Post by John Brittnacher on Sept 28, 2013 18:32:23 GMT
There is no secret recipe for Drosophyllum soil mixes. The trouble is you need to figure out what ratios of peat, sand, and perlite complement the type of pot you use and how you water the plants.
I use plastic pots, use no more than 30% peat, 12 mesh sand, and perlite. If I used 30 mesh sand I would use less peat. I have to do it this way because I don't hand water my outside plants. They get watered every day during the seasons my garden irrigation system is running. Mike uses more peat because he hand waters and is willing to check his plants often.
I have kept Drosophyllum alive and well for over three years producing seed for the ICPS Seed Bank and probably could have kept them longer but they get too big and lanky to overwinter in the space I have available in my garage. Last fall I left a large plant outside and started new ones in the garage. Needless to say the one outside did not survive.
Since I have perfect soil (to the extent you can call decomposed granite "soil") for Drosophyllum I am planning on planting out some small plants next spring. The hard part is keeping small pots at the right moisture level in the garage where I do have to keep and eye on them and water accordingly.