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    FlyTrapShop How often do you water?

    I would like to ask,

    1. What plants do you grow?
    2. What setup are they in (terrarium inside, outside au naturel, outside in greenhouse, etc.)?
    3. Artificial lights or sun, and the amount of hours directly exposed to the sun and/or bulb(s)
    4. Potting mix (rough estimate... 1:1 peat: perlite, 1:1:1 sphag:crushed pumice:cocohusk, etc.)*
    5. Rough estimate humidity/misting conditions
    6. Rough estimate day/night average temps
    7. How often do you water (1x week into saucer, 2x week into the pot, etc.)

    *= 1:1 sphag: perlite means 1cup of sphag mixed with 1 cup of perlite. 2:1 means 2 cups of sphag mixed with 1 cup of perlite, ad infinitum.

    Since I've got the ability to set up polls, I might set up a poll based on the answers if there's enough answers.

    I'm just asking because this is my setup and I might need to go out of town for more than a week, so I'm trying to not kill my plants (I might just bring them all in and stand them in water in tupperwares). I've been using this setup for 3+ years.

    1. Mostly Neps, so I'll describe those.
    2. Mostly on Balcony. 10ish plants inside by a window.
    3. Balcony: 3-5hours direct sun. Inside: 5-6hours direct sun through glass.
    4. 1:1 sphag: perlite for pots 4" and less, 1:1:1 sphag:cocohusk: perlite or 2:1:1:1 sphag:medium orchid bark: perlite:cocohusk on 5"+ pots
    5. Balcony, anywhere from 80% humidity to 0% humidity, Inside 70-80% humidity.
    6. Balcony, usu. 80 Day/65 Night. Inside usu. 75 day/night. (this time of year)
    7. 1-2 times a week water the top of the potting mix, depending on if it's e.g. 85F & 0%RH or 70F and 80%RH during the day. I let the saucers fill up so they can stand in water for a day or few days too, because wind allows topsoil evaporation so it's not really standing water.

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    1. Nepenthes
    2. Grow tent
    3. South facing windowsill
    4. 50/50 Sphagnum moss to perlite
    5. nightly 90%, daily 65%
    6. day 77F, night 65-55F
    7.1x a week, top water until water comes out the bottom of the pot, I am extremely paranoid about root rot so I do let it get a bit drier than a lot of people do.
    ~Burgeoning connoisseur of all things ventricosa or otherwise tubby.~

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    1)Mainly drosera and nepenthes.
    2) Indoors on a grow rack, some are in humidity domes.
    3) T5HO fixtures, on 16 hours a day.
    4) Sphagnum/perlite/husk mixtures for neps, mainly dand/peat for drosera.
    5) 50% humidity? Just household conditions if not under a dome.
    6) 70 or so constant
    7) For open trays, top water maybe 2x a week when they are getting dry. I keep abotu a quarter inch of water in the humidity doem trays, refill when it depletes, mayeb once every 2 weeks.

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    1. Mostly Nepenthes
    2. Indoor grow rack
    3. SSW-facing window, with supplemental CFLs. I'd guess about 2-4 hours of direct sunlight per day, depending on the season.
    4. 1:1 sphagnum and perlite, for the most part
    5. Depends on the caprices and vagaries of mother nature; can get as low as 30% for short times in the winter, 75% on sticky summer days.
    6. Same as above; winter nights = 58-60, winter days = 70-75; summer nights = 70s, occasionally as high as 80, summer days = 75-80
    7. Thanks to 5 & 6, it really depends on the weather. Generally water 2-3x per week, just enough to keep the media moist.


    Addendum: going out of town is a nightmare, as you can imagine, especially in the winter. I usually find someone brave enough to look after the jungle.
    Last edited by anramitaco; 07-16-2015 at 01:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anramitaco View Post
    Addendum: going out of town is a nightmare, as you can imagine, especially in the winter. I usually find someone brave enough to look after the jungle.
    Yeah I need to find someone who is brave and doesn't have black thumbs, because apparently all the people I know are plant-killers/afraid of taking care of plants.
    Last edited by thez_yo; 07-16-2015 at 03:57 PM.

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    Daily, like so:
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    I grow Nepenthes mostly. I grow in custom built enclosures.

    Highland Nepenthes:
    Days 70-80 *f
    Nights 50-60 *f
    Humidity 90%
    Temps controlled by fan and AC in hot weather
    Watering needs to be done at least twice a week


    Lowland Nepenthes:
    Days 75-90*f
    Nights 65-75*f
    Humidity 90%+ glass stays fogged up
    Watering is only necessary every 3-4 weeks

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    Great thread I'm curious to see how different all of our setups are in general. I had many but now just have 2 for a few mixed plants. I'll describe the HL b/c the LL is incomplete & pretty much empty.

    1. Nepenthes - mostly HL & hybrids
    2. Terrarium - enclosed w/ventilation on timers
    3. Metal Halide & T5 - 12hrs on 12hrs off w/timer
    4. For most: 1:1:1 peat/perlite/sphagnum. For some: 1:3 sphagnum/coconut
    5. Humidity - 60/80% day/night. Kept up with makeshift bubbler system & sphagnum for now on 24/7. Mist avg 1x per day. (working on simple misting system)
    6. Temperature - 80-85/60 day/night. A/c unit on timer.
    7. Water - 1x per week

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