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    I didn't make my self clear, again . The dews are fine sitting in a little water. Its the water level you were maintaining with the vfts especially that worries me. The sarracenia could also be kept drier.

    VFTs rot easily indoors. I would wait for the water to disappear for a few days, and then add more. That's what I'd do for everything actually.

    All I'm trying to say is: Don't maintain a high water level.

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    Oh!! That's a relief. Thanks for the info. I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dexenthes View Post
    InB4 - you can't grow Sarracenia inside!

    Just kidding, well not really, but I've heard one season of indoor terrarium wont kill them. Other than that your plants look great for the most part!
    Actually, it is not a problem growing Sarracenia inside as long as you respect dormancy. During the summer I keep my Sarrs in a terrarium under MHs, and during dormancy they sit on my windowsill. Of course, the reason why this works is because where I live it gets nasty cold outside and the windowsill provides a zone where it gets very cold but without the hard freezing.

    -Hermes.
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    My Grow List Updated Oct 22/2010.

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    Awesome. Yeah, my sarrs, VFTs, and temperate dews are all on my windowsill next to an open window for dormancy (well, except my new Purpurea and another VFT which are fresh out of a death cube as of one week ago). Temperatures get down to the mid-40s at night right now. NYC has some rough winters -- nothing like Toronto, though! -- so hopefully right next to the window will stay a solid 40 degrees once winter really sets in.

    Seems to be working well so far - my S. Flava and S. "Mardi Gras" are both producing phyllodia (sp?) and the hoods on their pitchers are browning. My D. Filiformis is also forming a nice hibernaculum.

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    Guys... Help! My rack gets too hot! I opened the front flap the other day and my thermometer read 95 degrees! I have one fan above the lights already. Is the solution here to get more fans, or should most of my plants be comfortable in these temperatures with a bit more water?

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    95 would be too hot for highland plants, but in general isnt too bad....though its on the high side of pushing it....
    i would add another fan to the lower level, below the lights, and open one side of the grow space, if you havent already....humidity is not that big of a deal with most plants...

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    Best to take some material of the front off your rack! Give them some air to breathe!!

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    Air? Aw geez, who woulda thought plants needed that stuff anyway

    The top of the rack is open to the air, but I'll try opening a side flap as suggested to get some cross ventilation in there.

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