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    Thinking about starting a collection again...

    Hey guys.

    I'm not sure if you remember me but I'm sorta interested in making a carn plant comeback!

    I had to give away everything for college ;(


    For now, I'm looking for small plants that are like pygmy sundew size. They also need to be able survive less than 8 hours of sunlight on a windowsill with low humidity.
    I dislike pygmy sundews...
    I don't think I can handle the Genlisea, but I could try again...

    Any suggestions?
    Formerly known as WaterKirby.

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    Hey hey !! Of course i remember you!
    Welcome back to horticulture

    Maybe some vfts and drosera under a t5 ?

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    There are a few common Utrics that would do well on a windowstill, U. sandersonii being the easier and more showy. I would bet you could grow a Ceph also, without direct sunlight you won't get the dark colors but green Cephs are still nice plants imo.

    If your open to adding lighting I would look into some of the smaller LED kits, there are a few threads started there about them recently. You can add more light to a much smaller footprint than T5s require. A single compact flourscent can also add enough light to grow a few plants with good colors.

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    Cant go wrong with the classic Drosera capensis.
    it would be fine under those conditions, and it can be a beautiful plant.

    of course, it is bigger than what you asked for..
    but there aren't many CP's that are the size of pygmy sundews, that aren't pygmy sundews!

    Scot

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    You might be able to grow a small ping, something like a Pinguicula esseriana.

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    If you're getting at least 4 hours of direct sunlight during the growing season most CPs will do fine. Any of the South African sundews like the aforementioned D. capensis or D. aliciae, D. venusta, D. natalensis should be happy. You don't need much more than a 3-3.5 inch for a few plants. They might get a little crowded when they start to clump but there is always the trading post to get rid of extras. You probably want species that don't need dormancy.

    I take it you are in a dorm? What will you do during the breaks when the dorms are typically closed or during the summer?
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    if you only have a small area do a mini bog! I have one in a kritter keeper and its growing well.
    dont get anything you dont like. that takes the enjoyment out of the hobby. i have a few spare dews laying around. pm me if your interested. just pay postage.

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    If windowsill light is all you have to offer, you may want to stick to forgiving, common species like D. adelae (possibly in a big fishbowl or terrarium to protect it from drafts, depending on how dry it is.) Some aquatic or semi-aquatic non-CPs will probably tolerate those conditions as well, so you can make your grow space look nice in the mean time while you wait to upgrade your lighting. Resist the urge to acquire plants you can't keep happy: for the cost of two or three nice sundews you can afford a small compact fluorescent lamp that will give you a much greater chance of success with most plants. In fact, if you have the room for four-foot tubes, you can light a whole 4'x2' shelf with standard T12 shoplights for under $60, including fixtures, tubes, power strip and timer.

    If the window gets direct light, eight hours may be plenty. However, I still recommend going straight to grow lights for a beginner - the reason is that, when you're just starting out, you can't always tell if your plant is unhappy because of light, watering, pests, etc. Most CPs are very tolerant of overlighting, but don't deal well with excess shade. Bright light is also one of the easiest conditions for a small hobby grower to provide. So, spare yourself the guesswork and blind those puppies. If you're anything like me, waiting to expand your collection will be preferable to perpetually replacing sickly, underlit plants.

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