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    Okay...I've kept my current CPs alive for over 5 years, a few of 'em are growing like weeds...I think its time to branch out and grow a larger variety and quantity [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Two questions for everyone though:

    1. How much space are you using for your CPs? And out of curiousity, how exactly are you growing them? In terrariums, greenhouses, outdoors? (Mine just sit outside my house and seem to do great)

    2. How much water are you using, and do you have any tips to conserve water? Distilled water is cheap enough...but during the summer I lose a good amount to evaporation. Any tips to avoid this?

    Maybe one of these days I'll test out my tap water on the things...but I hate to risk harming any of them. But it sure would be a lot cheaper

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    1. Lots in a greenhouse although I have some at the house too ;>

    2. Lots of water! I don't think you can avoid loss from evaporation. Some evaporation is helpful anyway since it raises humidity levels. There are cheaper sources for water however.

    Some possible alternatives: Tap water but unlikely to work long term. Worth having it checked at least for total dissolved solids first.
    The bulk water dispenser at the grocery store. As long as it is clearly indicated it is from an RO or deionized filter and it is serviced regularly.
    Rainwater collected off the roof.
    Your own RO or deionizing filter.

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    RAINWATER! IT'S FREE!

    Here's what i do. i went to the good all WalMart and i bought several things to make a colossal rain collector for under $30. I now employ 5 of these guys for my water useage in my terrariums and for my other plants as well.

    here's your instructions:
    1 big blue tarp or other plastic sheet. (20 foot by 20 foot is a good size)
    1 big rubbermaid trashcan ( i use 30 gallons )
    4 bamboo poles ( or tent poles or badmitton poles, whatever.)
    some string
    a nice big rock

    plant the 4 poles in the ground and stretch the tarp between them. doesn't have to be in an open area, under trees works fine, under a clean gutter works even better =)
    now you have a big tent thingy
    go to one side and tie the string to one of the grommets in the middle of the side
    hang the rock on the string so that it slopes the tarp down and in.
    put the rock weight in a big plastic trash can so the water flows into it.

    i fill a 30 gallon trash can about halfway up in about 30 minutes of a good shower.

    PS it may be ugly, but it works =)

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    I'm growing them on wire shelves that are on racks four feet wide, and about 18 inches deep and up to 6 feet tall. I grow on two shelves each. I have three of these things, so I have six total four by one and a half foot shelves of them. Most of them grow under fluorescent lights. One rack is in my dining room, and the other two are on my enclosed porch. The porch is usually about halfway between house temperatures and outdoor temperatures. I don't generally use terrariums, as the air here in San Francisco is pretty humid already.

    I used distilled water and bulk R/O filtered water from the Supermarket, but have switched to a simple R/O filter in my house. It cost about $125, but it's much, much easier.

    Oh, and welcome to the forums!

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    drunknmunky,

    I've been considering the rainwater setup for a long time now. We've got the plastic tarp and all from when the roof leaked one year. The only problem is the Southern California weather.

    It doesnt rain a lot here, its been a very dry year in fact...So the rainwater would be a little hard to come by. That and its seasonal rain, and we're pretty much moving out of the rainy period. But I'll probably give this one a try. If I can find a giant trashcan that doesnt look hideous, that would make things easier. Or at least something that is smaller and easy to conceal...we'll see what happens!
    Scott

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    Arrow

    For some of us rainwater is not the practical solution, expecially if you live in a area with little rainfall (like me) and neibors who would complain of a unsigtly rainwater collecter just behiend their hybrid tea Hedge. The hedge is really pretty tough. They look like blue roses.
    It may be practical if you collect it off your roof, but roofs will usually leak tannins into the water

    i dont know if there is a water despenser in the area either [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]
    that makes no logic

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    Hey Scott, it should rain in socal this afternoon [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    how about a really really big "britta" pitcher?

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