Questions about outside planters

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  1. EP31

    EP31 Plant

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    In my experience, LFS breaks down pretty quickly and makes a mess...
     
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    TrEv Sprout

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    I don't mind the mess as much. As long as the plants are fine growing in it I'll be happy ;)
     
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    EP31 Plant

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    I meant more that when it breaks down inside the pots it makes a mess because the LFS breaks down into smaller soggy pieces pretty quickly. Instead of a nice structured media that has lots of aeration, you end up with a soggy, compressed mess which ends up creating anaerobic conditions which leads to root rot which leads to dead plants which leads to lots of tears :( If you really want to, you can use LFS moss and perlite, but you'll definitely need to re-pot your plants way more often than if you use peat moss and perlite...
     
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    Lloyd Gordon Parasitic Plant Aficionado Staff Member

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    I find peat/perlite lasts for years and is very easy.
     
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    steve booth Seedling

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    I have a lot of plants in pure LFS and they do well, especially the Darlingtonia. I find that LFS works best in larger containers, as small containers tend to confine the Sphagnum growth, standing in water doesn't allow much air into the medium plus possibly overzealous packing of the LFS in small containers initially does exclude oxygen, so instead of an open, wet and airy medium you quickly end up with a slimy mush.
    Peat/perlite mix is an almost foolproof medium and recommended.
    Cheers
    steve
     
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