Ok new thread, and I'm going to try to confine my questions and stuff to here now that I feel like I might be starting to get the hang of things...a little.
I tried to mark out all my questions in this thread in case you don't want to read the whole thing, it ended up being a little long..again.
The heating system has really been drying out our house so I set up a 10g terrarium and moved my Drosera and Utricularia in there. Plexiglass lid with a few 1/8" holes drilled in it, single 2' t5ho for lighting.
I had the top open before the pic so the humidity is a bit lower than usual, it's been around 80-90% for the most part:
I have an order coming soon for a few Sarracenia and a VFT, I've also been in contact with Andrew recently about a few more Sarracenia, a Ping, and probably a VFT that I'll be ordering from him. Some plants will come bare-rhizome, some potted. I plan on potting everything and putting them on the windowsill in my garage, except the ping which will go in the terrarium. Temperatures in there will range anywhere from 45F to 60F until the weather gets warmer, so I figured that would be good for the remainder of winter dormancy until they can go outside. The only other option is the fridge. Feel free to weigh in your opinion, but I think the garage should be ok.
Question #1: What size pots should I use for the Sarrs? I'm not sure exactly how big everything will be but I think they will range from younger plants with a few being a bit more mature.
Next adventure, I was at Lowe's today to look at some mirrors and such and as usual wandered over to the garden section (means I beelined for it right when I walked in the door). They had some of those CPs in their little plastic prisons, and of course I caved and bought a VFT and a S. purpurea. I think S. purpurea ssp. venosa if anyone can clarify that?
I thought both plants looked decent and it turns out the Sarr wasn't so bad, the VFT however, turned out to be a wilted, pitiful looking thing.
Question #2: I'm not 100% sure what to do with them if the VFT even recovers. I'm assuming neither is in any sort of dormancy. So do I try to acclimate them slowly to the colder garage temps and allow them to go dormant for the remainder of winter? Or skip this years dormancy, put them in the terrarium till it warms up outside, and hope for the best?
Next adventure, having cleared off some space on the little stand in my room by setting up the terrarium, I decided to set up a germination station for Sarr seeds. I have a few seeds coming in with my Sarr order. I will still need to source some more though.
Lighting will be a single 2ft t5ho which hopefully won't deform the plastic cover at all. I've heard to use a 50:50 mix of peat:sand for the media. I have issues tracking down sand locally though which brings me to:
Questions #3 and #4: Is Home Depot play sand and acceptable potting media? And can I substitute perlite in these tiny seedling tray applications?
My only other real concern with this kit is the holes on the bottom of the tray seem rather large:
Question #5: Does this look like it will be an issue, if so what could I use to cover them? I think it'll be extremely annoying to cut 55 circles of plastic mesh but if thats my only option I'm prepared to do it lol.
Questions #6: I promise last one before I just throw up some pictures...for now. My D. Capensis 'red' is putting off new growth, yay! Except its not all red, boo The growth started coming in before I put it in the terrarium, but how much artificial light should it take to encourage the red growth again?
And now just pictures, and by the way this is what pictures look like with a DSLR when you don't really have much of an idea how to use it:
N. x ventrata:
D. capensis 'red', you can see the old and new growth is kinda fuzzy:
The little D. aliciae that came attached to the mature one I received:
U. sandersonii 'blue':
And just for fun one of my Black Tiger Orange Eyed shrimp:
And one of currently my favorite fish that I own P. buffei: