Regarding your question 'bout the presence of tannin in cocopeat and similar potting media. I would say that it is safe to use these potting mixes for nepenthes, for I have been using these to my collections and found that tannin does not affect the growth of my nepenthes collections. For me tannin would be beneficial in some other way to the fact that tannin is a natural antibiotic found in bark of trees and as you've said also present in coco potting mixes. Other forum members here are also using coco based potting mixes to their nepenthes. Try to combine cocochips and cocopeat and you'll get a better looseness in your mix and will prevent root rot as your potting mix won't go water clogged.
Hey got a Q here to cocohusk you mean by the thing that covers the coconut right those hairy things??? Does it have to go through any process or anything before it can be used?? Cos the normal long threads of husk shouldn't be difficutl for me to find..
I really am not sure, but yes Ken I think they are coconut husks, a friend of mine who I got plants from actually potted his neps with coconut husks just stripped and cut into small pieces. Volker I think also sometimes does it.
Tran, it depends on what type of nepenthes and what you want to give the nepenthes mix. There is no best one, coco peat or coco chunks. I for one mix these two together. Some say coco peat might not be airy enough, I agree that some nepenthes do not want too compact a potting mix. If you have lowlanders like say Amps, then maybe pure cocopeat is okay with them, mirabilis too I think.
So it depends if you want well drained mix or not. Well drained? Then coco chunks or chips, if not then cocopeat. Again I myself mix them up together.
Dionea Muscipula (VFT) N. Ventrata, N. Alata, N. Miranda Aldrovanda
Coco fibers shouldn't be used fresh (white!), they are very acidic, sometimes they even smell like rum. Just tear them in small pieces and expose them to the elements for a month or two, also soak them well, as they can get too dry and hard to re-wet. After that they make a perfect Nepenthes media. For bigger plants you can use bigger chunks, while for small plants it is good to process them with scissors to 1cm pieces (which is a lot of work). In the lowlands I used a media like that, but put a cocopeat "lid" on top to prevent rapid evaporation if grown outdoors. Here in the mountains I keep the media very loose without "lids", as we have daily rains and always very moist nights. We don't have many coconuts here, so I am using different barks, which are also very different depending on the tree species. Pines being very airy and quick drying and Eucalyptus deglupta acting almost like neoprene-like sponges.
I find Nepenthes is not very picky on soil types (people who say so, are usually trying to sell soil mixes ), however the moisture levels need to be right and match your watering (or rain) habits.
So the media is not only specific to the plant needs, but also to your climate. Volker
thatoneplantboi: Hey guys, I'm new to growing nepenthes, I'm getting a mini indoor greenhouse to grow them in. What kind of light should I use for them? Also, if you could provide a link to a product, it would be very much appreciated
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borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
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