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    My grow rack: criticism, please!

    Hi all! Having been inspired by many users here, I built myself a grow rack a few weeks ago:

    It has reflective mylar on all four sides and a black mesh exterior to help keep passers by from having seizures

    Inside, there are two Home Depot shop lights that each hold two 48" T8 bulbs - each fixture has one Zoo Med Flora Sun grow bulb and one GE cool white 4100K bulb. There's also a cooling fan that blows down the lengths of the light fixtures to keep the toasty electronic ballasts from contributing too much to ambient temperature.

    Temperatures at this time of year vary between 80 degrees during the day and 60 at night. Mind you, it's autumn here in NYC and my landlord hasn't turned the heat on yet! I expect it to warm up a tad once that happens.

    Humidity ranges from 55% during the day to around 80 or 90% overnight.

    Please see the pictures below and tell me if I'm just CRAZY for organizing my plants this way, and critique anything about the way I'm growing these plants given my conditions.

    THANKS!!

    The exterior:


    With the front flap raised:


    My waterless tray - I top-water these plants rather than letting them stand in water:

    Those ziploc bags in the back are full of dampened LFS that I'm trying to make sprout. One of the bags has some green in it - I hope that's not just algae!!!

    Here's my tray where I keep a very high water level - you can see it in the pic:


    Here's my pygmy sundew tray, elevated a bit closer to the lights. Pardon the reflection of my camera, I always hated seeing that!


    And finally, my temperate/tropical sundew tray:


    I have 7 more VFTs, Sarrs, and temperate dews on a cool windowsill that I'm trying to lull into dormancy, too. Once they're awake again they'll fill my trays out nicely!
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    Looks great, your setup and conditions sound ideal for many CPs and from the sound of it you probably have enough light....good job!
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Excellent setup! You should probably take the humidity domes off. The plants you have them on definitely don't need them.

    Your humidity is high enough so you don't have to worry about it. My humidity is usually 50% and everything loves it.

    Great start! And if you get seed from the spathulata 'Fraiser Island', keep me in mind!

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    No domes, eh? Well, I'm trying to acclimate that VFT to my rack since I just took it out of its death cube yesterday. Might wait a few days for that. Also, my D. Capensis and D. Spatulata that have the domes on them are on the verge of death, and I felt like all I could do was up the humidity a bit. You're saying this guy doesn't need the humidity boost? If not, I'd be more than happy to rid myself of these domes - they're an eyesore!



    Anyway, if I get seeds from this Fraser Island sundew I'll absolutely keep you in mind. I actually got seeds off of one of its flower scapes and already spread them around the base of the colony - I'll send you more when I get them (whether they end up being viable or not!)

    And SDCPs, thanks again for this great trade - you REALLY filled out my collection!





    Thanks to everyone for the feedback!

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    I never really bought into the a whole slow acclimation method. I always let them fry, dry up and die and then they come back.

    Skipping this year's dormancy is OK if your temperate plants are newly aquaired (looks like they are) but in the spring, I'd at all possible, put them outside and give them a dormancy next winter.

    I recommend you crumple the Mylar up to avoid "hotspots."

    Why do you keep an extra high water level in your temperate tub? There's no real reason for that... I mean it doesn't help the plants any extra.

    Clint

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    Well, I keep my temperate and tropical dews in the bug tub with a 3/4" or so water level. I keep a much higher water level for the sarr, the VFT, and the P. Primuliflora just because I've read that they like lots of water. Should I stop?? Very interested here - I don't want to piss them off more than they already are!

    I wish I could put those sarrs and VFTs outside, but alas, I'm in a second-floor apartment, and none of my windows get consistent enough sunlight in the summer to make for a good windowsill growing environment. I've seen folks here who do a nice job growing VFTs and purple pitchers on their racks, and that's what I aspire to do. I don't so much care if they don't grow to their full potential, but as long as I don't kill them outright, I think my rack is a happy compromise for those plants.

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    Ooh the Nit x Pul has flowers!
    I ordered from him too(can't say the name) on Sunday, plants got here yesterday. My local cp friend(we combine orders to save shipping) got the Brookton. And you know what? THe tag was broken in the same way. Coincidence?
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    Minor x Purp I actually have. Well,technically it's Minor Okee x Psitt Green.

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    Those flowers are nice! The scapes were growing when I got the plants, but the flowers started opening about a week ago. They open for such a short amount of time I hardly ever catch them - seems like they only stay open for a few hours and then they're done! So will this plant only produce seed and not gemmae?

    That's funny about the Brookton. I actually broke the friggin' tag myself, but it was incredibly brittle!

    Also, I feel bad now. I've used "his" name on these forums before - I suppose I'd better edit that out of my posts. I figured as long as I didn't say the name of his nursery I'd be playing by the rules!

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