Basically I created a bog garden inside of a 18" watering tray.
-A sloping landscape
-2 small "ponds" or water holes
-NZ LFS mixed with sand exclusively (which means no peat moss)
-2 inches of water
-A Bubble Wand beneath the surface to keep the plants, water, and soil aerated.
Flora consists of:
3 rotundifolia *
1 filiformis filiformis
binata seeds scattered randomly
capensis wide, red, and narrow seeds scattered randomly.
2 Typical Venus Flytrap
2 Red Dragon
1 Dente *
2 Big Mouth *
1 Pink Venus *
1 Long Red Fingers
1 fine tooth x red
1 leucophylla 'Tarnok'
1 purpurea venosa
1 leucophylla typical *
3 of Tony's Big Mouth VFT's in the center pond area.
Pending. Maybe a ceph if I can keep the humidity up and water level down close to it.
*Of course it's over doing it a bit but I like a filled garden to look at.
This is how it works:
The 18" tray is fitted with a round "egg crate" diffuser gird cut to size with an area for the main pond. This platform is raised 1 inch from the bottom. The bubble wand is placed beneath this platform to provide aeration. I then selected my plants and placed an order which should arrive soon. The pots range in size, anywhere from 3in-6in pots to 6in trays. They are places in terms of height so that the back is higher to form a slope in the landscape.
Once the pots are in place I wetted approx. 1/2 gallon of NZ LFS to build the surroundings. The ponds are filled with shallow sand and the pots are filled with a 50/50 LFS and sand mixture. More sand was added to shallower pots to benefit the VFT waterlogging problems where as the sarracenia and drosera gets the standard mixture. The pots are completely covered with the remaining moss to give it a natural look. Water is added and the bubble wand is plugged in. The entire garden is sprayed with water to moisten the moss and small sections of live sphagnum is added.
Dormancy will be respected for the ones that do need it and they will be sprayed with fungicide and refrigerated.
Eveyone is settling in nicely. Most of the Vft's have already gotten over the shock and are busy growing. I added lights to it just to make things a bit more vigorous and colorful.