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    Petiolaris Set-up

    I am getting back into growing CPs after a few years break of mostly focusing on succulents. While I was "gone", petiolaris sundews suddenly became inexpensive and accessible to the average grower. I want to be able to provide a good set up for them. I am planning on growing them in small, squat, plasitc terreriums (so that lights can be placed close to them). I need to bring my outdoor tropicals in for the winter, so I need to make a bid growlight purchase. What type/brand/combination of growlights should I buy for growing petiolaris dews (as well as other rosetted sundews and mexican pings). A lot of growers seem to have great luck with petiolaris complex sundews. Is there a "magic combination" when it comes to growlight set-up and distance from lights? My house gets warm in the summer but is a rather consant 68 in the winter. What sort of heating device should I get to keep the plants from sulking all winter?

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    Umm well a aqurium heater in a glass jar maybe and for lighting maybe 2 lamp sockets with a cord using warm lights produces alot of heat.
    Taking shelfs then wairing light sockets would work nicely if you kept the closet warm and humid

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    I am also in the process of setting up a Petiolaris Complex home. My wife bought me fluoresecnt fixtures that accommodates two Grolites apiece. We'll see how that works. I bought a submercible heater and plan to either have it reside in the "tray" that the plants are in or in a large Prego spaghetti sauce jar of water. Many folks use fishtanks that are semi-enclosed, to promote humidity. Perhaps RL... or pingman or Chuck or Travis or... will see this topic.

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    Well I am seriously considering a 10 gallon setup for 2 easy wolly dews.

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    My set ups is in 20 gal long aquarium on its side. I use about 76 watts of cfl's. The plants are raised on pots to be about 5 inches from the lights (through glass). In the summer, it will regulary reach over 110 degrees in the tank as the west sun hits the tank. In the winter, i use a heating cable to keep the tank bout 80 degrees.
    Last winter almost all of the group went dormant.

    Here are pics of my set up with winter heat cable:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/minicat...879327/detail/

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    I've been considering petiolaris too. They went dormant in the winter? Don't you mean the summer? I'm planning on using a 10 gallon on a south facing sill, with growlights, sphagnum on the bottom, and a reptile heating rock buried in the sphagnum to make it nice and warm

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    no, petiolaris group typicially go dormant in the winter. Tuberous drosera go dormant in the summer.
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    Does anyine have a picture of a petiolaris plant going dormant? I'm wondering if my paradoxa is doing so. There are several new leaves standing straight up, like a fist, with no indication of branching out and opening. Below them are the older leaves, nice and dewy.

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