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    I'm really interested in making a pretty little terrarium of CP for my desk.. unfortunately I don't know anything about plants, CPs, or terrariums.

    I live in Michigan, so the winters are way too rough for me to winter my plants outside and the whole dormancy thing sounds like it might be a bit too much for me (though I'm determined to make it work - I HAVE to have some VFTs!), can someone list some of the CPs that don't have a dormancy period?

    Plants I'm specifically interested in are:
    Sundews
    Sun Pitcher Plant (is this going to be too big for a small tank?)
    Bladderwort
    Butterwort

    Any help or advice is appreciated. Please let me know if any of those plants simply cannot live in the same tank together, too. I'm kind of dumb.

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    without knowing all the specifics here is some species:

    Sundews: capensis is bomb proof and attempting to take over the world, spatulata is simple, madigascarensis is unusual looking AND as easy as capensis.

    Sun Pitcher Plant (is this going to be too big for a small tank?): try H. minor, stays short however they like ALOT of light. also dont like having their roots water logged, an open mix is prolly required. my Heli mix has very lil peat and lots of chunks

    Bladderwort: sandersonii, livida, most any terrestrial will work but those two bloom the most. stay away from subulata unles you actually really want it. once you have it you will NEVER get rid of it. ive done my darndest to keep it out of my house

    Butterwort: check out the Mexi-Ping hybrids, i personally recommend 'Aphrodite'

    a quick note, ive lost more plants to poor air circulation combined with high humidity than any other cause, you prolly DO NOT want a cover for the tank. my winters have my house recieving close to 15% humidity and have zero problems with keeping all my plants in open trays or open topped tanks. my drosera are full of dew at 15% humidity LIGHT is much more important than humidity!!
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    Thanks so much, lots of great info and exactly what I'm looking for. So I guess a fogger is out of the question then? I knew it wasn't necessary or anything, but they look so dang cool. I think I'd rather have cool looking plants and no fog than have dead plants and cool looking fog though, haha.

    Recommendations for sources for these plants?

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    BTW welcome to the forum. tis a good bunch of ppl if you ignore Ozzy CP's are highly adictive, just ask my wife, they are taking over the laundry room i started 3 years ago with one Nepenthes i purchased on a whim, after finding this site i had well over 150 pots of plants in about a year. currently im a bit lower than than but im still afraid to count plus i have new ones arriving most weeks. mainly i focus on Utrics but i have or have had a bit of everything. also starting to work with some of the more exotic sundews. good luck in your search for knowlege and plants
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    sources include:

    the trade forum here but read the rules

    check out **********.com(our awesome host) havent looked lately but Phil is likely to have some of the easy dews

    ebay(would be careful if your not famliar with the hobby in general you might pay an arm and a leg for something that you could have gotten for free here)

    various other sources via the internet but the trade forum here is about THE BEST place to track down plants. everything from common to rare can be found if yah have good trade bait. when i was getting started i traded everything from orchids to rocks for plants.......be creative, offer up a plate of home baked cookies
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    i might could have an odd plant or two.......ive got Drosera coming up in pots that i think are D. spatulata from Hong Kong but cant be sure. generally have the odd Utric or four. the less you care about ID's the better i can help yah. ive got a couple "mini bogs" here at the office that i usually toss my no ID plants into
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    Can someone explain to me how Utrics work? The terrestrial ones, anyways. What I'm reading makes it sound like they catch things underground.. Is that right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (rattler_mt @ Nov. 03 2006,3:49)]Sundews: capensis is bomb proof and attempting to take over the world, spatulata is simple, madigascarensis is unusual looking AND as easy as capensis.
    lol! I always laugh my a** off when I see that sentance. Capensis is bomb proof. lol! but it is true though.

    hint : my capensis was free. a thin leaf green one. I got it as a free gift for my plant order from keehns carnivores.

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