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    recently ive been interested in growing several CPs....get this upside down! is it possible? plants usually grow towards the sun. does gravity have any affect on this? i was planning on doing this by placing a strong 3ft two bulb flourescent light underneath then and having the plants growing toward the light. i was thinking about using nepenthes and filiform drosera such as D. filiformis and D. binata(and relatives). people grow tomatoes upside down so why cant we grow CPs? would there be any trouble with doing this? it would be somthing interesting to do...
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    why?

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    It's worth a try. I can see nepenthes doing pretty good like this. Only problem is how will you keep the roots wet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]why?
    why not?
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    Quote[/b] ]It's worth a try. I can see nepenthes doing pretty good like this. Only problem is how will you keep the roots wet?
    the "pot" will be a mesh bag of some sort. this will hold the LFS that the plants will be in. id like to test the dews first bacause i hope to get some D. filiformis seeds soon.
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    wouldn't the tendril burn up on the lights?

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    not if the lights are far enough away. enough light for them but far enough so they wont get burned. id rather risk a replaceable D. filiformis than a....well never mind ventrata is replaceable too...
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    I get it with filiformis and binatas/multifidas. Why Nepenthes though, they have such a nice vining habit with strong stems? I think filliformis could be a cool terrarium feature in an upside down planting so you would have the long threads hanging off a feature. I suppose one thing to point out about these Dro.'s is that the way they grow in pots, they pretty much get upside down anyways due to the long draping appendages. Actually, a cool feature with multifidas would be a "ball" like some people do with staghorn ferns, where the plants grow out from every area of the surface of a sphere. You would eventually have a giant ball of Sundew. That would get you that county fair prize you've been waiting for, eh? Overall, I guess I'm with the "WHY?" guy.

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    I think gravity is a factor. I remember in the plant section of my intro bio course that plants are programmed to grow "away" from gravity in the absense of other factors.
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