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    Your pitcher plants sounds like a S.purpurea (purple pitcher plant), even though yours may be mostly green. The sundew is probably a capillaris or a spatulata. If you give it full sun it'll turn more red.
    If you're closer to the ocean your plants can stay outside all year long if they are planted in the ground. If you're closer to the mountains you will need to cover them with pinestraw through the winter.

    I think problem was rot. With the plastic cover still on them they didn't have any airflow and that was perfect conditions for rot. The humidity should be perfect in VA.

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    yeah. they dont turn black and rot from too much water. i've been in bogs and i've seen S. flavas GROWING in a few inches of water. mine grow in a waterlogged container.


    maybe the drosera was a capenesis? they grow stems as they age.

    i wouldn't make a planted terrarium like that ever agian. they are trouble IMO. plus, sarracenias grow to be 2-3 feet tall. (some like purpes and psittacinas and hybrids of these are smaller, i think S. minor only get a foot or so, except for the okee. giant)

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    VIRGINIA?!? Where??!!! I live in Virginia. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] And it is a great climate for most CPs. And I'm always trying to find CP people here...so far nada. Where are you?

    Oh...Welcome to the forums! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    If the plant you say "looks like a tree" is a sundew, it is probably d. adelae which grows upright on a stem and is often found in those little potted domes at Lowes and the like.

    I'm still not to sure about what plants you have, but you can keep your VFTs and American pitcher plants outside year 'round (full sun). Temps here are fine for that. I have a couple of microbogs outside for the sarras.

    As for a terrarium, while some people do grow them in soil, I personally have had better success with plants left in the pots inside tanks...mostly the ones that need higher humidity. You will also need to have some air circulation in your tank to prevent mold and fungus. That just means don't completely seal your tank. I have 4 tanks indoors, plus a couple of open shelves of plants and then the CPs outdoors. Oh yeah...and a "nursery" in the basement. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] My house glows like its radioacive.

    It kind of depends on the plants you have as to which will like full sun and which ones wouldn't.

    Any way you could take a pic of your plants as a group so we could maybe identify them for you?

    Welcome back to the world of CPs...do I see the signs of a possible addiciton forming?? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Suzanne, I am in Winchester. I have several vfts, a sundew and a hooded pitcher plant. I am not to familiar with the other names of them, but the one guy named it, said they could be green as well as purple. I have all my guys outside, uncovered in full sun, not direct until the afternoon around four. All I need to do is keep them moist and they will grow just fine?? I really don't like the terrarium idea because I have a home that does not receive much light due to the trees. Anywho, any other tips would be helpful. I hope to save these guys. My sundews (the bigger one flowered twice and I have probably ten little ones) are doing better. My one vft is still going relatively strong, albeit far from what he once looked like. My other vfts, well, one is dead and the others I am hoping to save. My pitcher plant is uncovered outside. I hope I can get him going. Where is a good place to buy more of the cps (as my wife says, get these ones going and then go buy more). I cannot find any nurseries in the area that carry them. I wonder if the online thing is a good way to go?? I would love to have some different color phase vfts and different pitcher plants, and sundews for that matter. How are butterworts to grow? I have yet to bring one home. Thanks for your help...Bob

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    i would grow everything otuside. by growing them inside in a terr. your sort of "overcomplicating" things.

    my motto is: "only grow plants in a terrarium that must be in a terrarium" not much of a motto but its true :-)

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    this place, PFT sells perfect beginner plants, look around here [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hi Bob

    Winchester...beautiful area...and the smell of apples everywhere. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Lots of nice antique shops too. *drool*

    If you want to have indoor terrariums/tanks, it is easy to do if lighting is your worry. You can provide proper lighting with a simple shop light with one cool white fluorescent tube and one Gro-Lux. Pretty cheap and works well.

    If you want more CPs, as everyone does!, beyond what you can get at garden shops, you can order online. Exotic Gardens (PFT), that hosts these forums, has excellent plants that are grown properly so they are very healthy (as opposed to the garden shop ones where they water with tap water and abuse the little guys). You can get some different VFTs like the Green Dragon (a very nice plant) and a dente form.

    Also, there is the trade forum where people trade and sometimes give away plants.

    The butterworts are nice...often underrated. They can be grown outdoors or on a window sill and have very pretty flowers. Exotic Gardens sells those too.

    Your pitcher plant should be fine outdoors in the sun but make sure you keep it wet. They are bog plants so like wet conditions.

    I'm still trying to figure out what kind of sundew you have as the care depends on the type. If you have lots of babies then perhaps its a d. capensis...or a d. adelae..both can prolific in plantlets.

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    I had all my plants outside for about an hour in full sun. The sundews seemed to like it, but the pitcher plant did not. I removed the clear lids from the pots and the pitcher plant fizzled, looked very dry. I am a bit apprehensive on what to do. I bring them in during the night. I figure the 90 degree heat we are having now is enough for a bit. They are under moderate artifical light until about nine pm. none of the plants are covered. I have the distinct feeling I will lose the pitcher plant. When someone says "full sun" what does that mean?? I don't have any sills that get light, too many trees. What is meant by "indirect sun"? I have a few new additions and I'll see how they do, this is very frustrating for me. I don't like to see these guys fail.

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