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    Finch,
    Don't worry about the sides. If it's 1 foot wide, you'll have no problem. And the humidity WILL be higher in there. Give it a shot! You've got nothing to lose. Get the D. capensis.

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    Hi Finch!! Don't worry so much! You'll be welltaken care of here. Bob has been growing forever, as have I , and Tamlin and a host of others, and we delight in seeing someone starting out. It is a fun and enjoyable vocation ( it ain't no hobby!) that will last for years and years. It is always changing, always learning new things, and always new plants to get. Oh, yeah! Sit back and enjoy the ride. BTW, I hail from Montana, and I have relatives in South Dakota in Rapid City. The poor souls don't grow a single carnivorous plant, and my heart goes out to them. They have no idea what they are missing! Welcome aboard!!
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    Hi Finch! Welcome to the forums! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I don't grow carnivorous plants at all. It's a struggle for me to keep houseplants alive. (My yuletime rosemary just died [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] ) I'm an outside gardener & if spring ever gets here [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] , I will have an awesome garden. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] I'm on this forum because of all the great people here. I was introduced to them by my life partner, Tamlin. I'll tell him you're here. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Hey Finch and welcome to the forums. I can speak for everyone here that after you get your cape sundew, that you "hobby" will become an ever growing obbsesion. I would know just a few years ago I had a drosera spatulata, purple pitcher plant, and a flytrap. I am now currently growing about 20-30 different species of Cps, and am adding more within the next week.
    Anyway, I would definitely recomend a cape sundew. Flytraps are also quite easy(given enough light), and I also recomend a purple pitcher plant. We're here to help, and we hope you enjoy your stay. Here's my growlist, and if you ever want anything you can PM me, and I'll see what I can do. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] My Growlist
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    Wow everyone here seems to be very nice

    I think i can provide sunlight. But what about cloudy days, what should i do then? And whats a purple pitcher plant? and if a leaf toches the sides of the tank, will that be ok?

    I have had a stressfull day today. Ever tried to catch a wild bird by the hands? (my finches are not tame, and there so hard to catch) A had to clip my birds toenails today and they keep wiggling their little feet and struggling, i was afraid of clipping a toe off. thek kept pulling theif feet close to their bodies. Alot got away from me and it took awhile to round everyone up [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
    I was also afraid of squezing too hard on them to prevent them from escaping. We had a little scare once whe i clipped one nail too short and it started bleeding, but everyones find now. (whew)
    that makes no logic

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Finch @ Feb. 07 2004,10:22)]Wow everyone here seems to be very nice

    I think i can provide sunlight. But what about cloudy days, what should i do then? And whats a purple pitcher plant? and if a leaf toches the sides of the tank, will that be ok?

    I have had a stressfull day today. Ever tried to catch a wild bird by the hands? (my finches are not tame, and there so hard to catch) A had to clip my birds toenails today and they keep wiggling their little feet and struggling, i was afraid of clipping a toe off. thek kept pulling theif feet close to their bodies. Alot got away from me and it took awhile to round everyone up [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
    I was also afraid of squezing too hard on them to prevent them from escaping. We had a little scare once whe i clipped one nail too short and it started bleeding, but everyones find now. (whew)
    Hi Finch,
    Welcome to the forums! Sorry you had a stressful time with the finches. For such a little bird, they can be quite a handful, can't they. My daughter had a pair for several years that died about 3 years ago of old age. She got them from her grandmother who'd had them for a couple years and was trying to get the numbers down in her cage. She discovered they layed eggs and multiplied rapidly the hardway [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img].

    Don't worry about cloudy days or cloudy weeks. They get that in their natural habitat and it doesn't bother them noticably. If you think they need a little supplemental light, go ahead and use it. The most basic need for CPs (Carnivorous Plants) is pure water and fertilizer free sphagnum peat or (suitable substitute). If you can give it these two things, you should have very little trouble. Also, many CPs can adapt to lower humidity. There are even some sundews that prefer a lower humidity.

    I would avoid having leaves touch the sides of the tank if you have condensation the glass continually. This would encourage mold which can be one of the biggest problems a CP in an enclosed environment faces.

    Purple pitcher plant is the common name for Sarracenia purpurea. These are also a nice plant. Mine does a good job on earwigs during the summer when I put it outside. It is one that does need a winter dormancy like VFTs (Venus Flytraps).

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    Hi Finch,
    Welcome to the forums!

    A great thing about cps is that it's hard to overwater them! As you surf around the forums you'll notice "permanent water tray" mentioned quite a bit. Basically that means you can sit your potted plant in a tray of water, and just fill from below. The cape sundew (latin name: drosera capensis) won't mind at all [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    I live in southern california so I understant the low humidity problem. There are various tricks to raise it humidity around the plant or in the terrarium if it's not adapting to your conditions. For smaller plants, I simply put a clear plastic cup on top. Depending on the weather/heat, the cup may or may not have a hole drilled in on top. Or, you could invest in a small ultrasonic humidifer from Mainland Mart.

    If you have a chance, check out a book called "The Savage Garden" by Peter D'Amato. It's a wonderful beginner/intermediate book. If you're low on cash (like I often am), you can find it at Barnes & Noble bookstores and occasionally at the library. Amazon and B&N should also have it online for sale.

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    Hi Finch

    Welcome to the forums! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] As you can see, there are lots of nice people here who are ready and willing to help with your new addiction...I mean, hobby. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    There are lots of ways to grow CPs indoors if your outdoor weather is too harsh. You can pick up a 10-gallon terrarium at a pet store for about 7.99 if you need more space (trust me, you will outgrow a small tank pretty quickly!). You can get a small shop light (24") pretty cheap too. Outfitted with a timer on it and you can control just how much light the plant receives if you don't have a bright window.

    I have some CPs (including D. capensis) in my office and they are growing well in 10 gallon tanks in a west window. No special treatment there. Just pure water and the sun. I keep water in the bottom of the terrarium and a loose covering of plastic wrap and that keeps the humidity high.

    If you have concerns about humidity, most pet stores sell a little set with a thermometer and hygrometer (measures humidity) that isn't terribly expensive (11.99 I think). But that will allow you to know for sure just how humid your tank or grow area is. Just make sure there is some air circulation so things don't mold or develop fungus. Some CPs like the flytrap don't require that much humidity and can be grown on a window sill or outside (and brought indoors in the winter if it gets too cold there). Sundews like humidity and some are more particular about that than others. But there are lots of beginner plants to start with. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    If you'd like to see some photos of various plants (mostly grown by the members here) you can go to Patrick's (Trashcan) web site and see all kinds of CPs.

    http://www.cpforums.org/gallery

    I hope you stick around and enjoy the forums. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] There's lots of cool stuff here.

    Suzanne



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