I have used acacia and euc charc in nep pots with success, it does increase drainage, and probably adds to the soils condition, but its minimal for me, you could also use sand, alot of neps like sandy soils anyway, expecially lowlanders, now a word or caution, I used a charc from pine and it yellowed the leaves of one of my plants, so perhaps only certain tree's work, but if its for airation/drainage i'd go for sand, its also abit cooler due to its light colour, so better for tropical climates.
YES, i use 2 mixes for my dionaea (VFT), the easiest is 50/50 peat/sand, the best is 1/1/1 peat/sand/spag (the spag helps cool abit more),being in the Philippines i presume it's hot, so another thing is to try and grow them in morning sun as opposed to arvo sun, atleast 3-5hours, otherwise they will weaken,i also use 15cm tall pots with 5cm trays that never drop below 2-3cm, I can get away with full sun all day when its humid here (70% up), but winter is somtimes as low as 50-60% and they seem to cook in the same light. VFT's are a temperate plant and don't like to much heat, but they are an easy plant once you get used to their needs in a tropical climate, it took me two attempts, first failed, second worked and now i have a couple plants in their 3rd year for me, no dormancy's. (I'm in North Australia)
Three plants i'd advise for the tropics (other than lowland neps) are drosera Indica, Byblis liniflora and most temperate and tropical utrics go well, in perticuliar U.Longifolia.
Post by richjam1986 on Sept 1, 2013 12:05:13 GMT 7
I disagree that flytraps don't like heat. They do very well in hot temperatures (up to 100 degrees F or so) during the day. Of course, YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE DORMANCY for your flytraps, but during the growing season I wouldn't worry about having your flytraps in the hot afternoon sun. Flytraps may be able to last a few years without a dormancy, but they will eventually decline. Dormancy is ESSENTIAL for healthy flytraps in the long term!
Of course, I am not growing in the tropics, but my flytraps do well outside in full afternoon sun, often with temperatures around 100 degrees F and LESS THAN 30% humidity! You will have less trouble if you have more humidity, as you do in the tropics.
And yes, 50/50 peat and sand mix works great for flytraps (assuming it is clean silica sand that wont leach minerals into the soil)
Dormancy in the tropics is annoying and usually involves putting them in a fridge, also, we are in tropical climates, myr more so than I, so our UV count is alot higher in general (year round, in winter yours may be), this means that the heat here has a more potent effect, our nights are also hot and our humidity is generally high, this can also increase the dammage of hot days, I receive a few days of 100-125F in summer, i presume mya would to. I also disagree with the neccisary dormancy, my plants are fine after 3years, and one grower up here has had her plants for 5years no dormancy, and they look amazing, however I have freinds in NSW (temperate AU) who have tried this and killed their within the 2nd year, perhaps its because my plants are always catching food and in temperate climates get less, I have found that certain varients are alot faster growing here than others, i recently germinated some akai red in my greenhouse and they are growing twice as fast as my typical's. The reason my first attempt failed was because my plants were in full sun for 7hours straight, and got cooked, i have tested this a few times since, same results, in summer anything more than 6hours full sun and they wilt and die, in winter they can tolerate 8-9hours before wilting.
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