Thanks! I'm happy to see the plant doing so well under lights. Unfortunately, dormancy next season will be a real challenge given that I live in a small apartment with no outdoor space. But that's not for another year!!
The outer D. enodes, outer D. nitidula x pulchella, and D. scorpioides look like they're ready. The scorpioides look a bit jammed in there, and my D. roseana did the same thing, but the situation only got worse as I waited, and I ended up having to sacrafice my plant to collect the 10 gemmae but I didn't have any fancy tools- just tweezers.
As for the lighting, if you're not comfortable moving it closer, then you can leave it, and the plants will probably start to color up a bit more when they get a 16 hour photoperiod. Then you can judge it from there. With my T-8 fixtures, at least, I can put the fixture within 1 inch of pretty much all my sundews without having to worry about any burning. I just went off of what Tamlin recommended, and it seems to work well. I've never done any calculations, but I use a cool 2700 lumen 6500K and "sunny" 2800 lumen 5000k. The thing I like about having them closer is that if you're feeding them regularly, it takes a lot less time for the leaves/tentacles to produce dew and develop red coloration, which means that you can feed them more often, and you can make them grow/ flower even faster.
Thanks for the compliment on the vids. Some are a bit rough on the audio portion, but if you put it on mute, then you can at least see what the plant looks like
Hmm thanks! I just collected the gemmae off of my D. callistos and spread about 2/3 of them around the bases of the mother plants. Should have a nice colony in a few months. Looks like I can start working on the others too!
Sorry to bug you with questions, but...
1) To clarify, do you mean that the D. scorp look like they're packed together too tightly in the pot, or the gemmae seem to be jammed into each plant pretty good?
2) Moving the lights any closer wouldn't be practical as they would start to touch the tops of my sarr and my D. capensis. Perhaps if I expand my collection out onto a second shelf I'll have room to group plants by height. But until then, I'll have to work with light intensity and photoperiod vs. distance to plants. On that note, I've read a number of places that many plants will produce gemmae even without a change in the photoperiod. Have you ever experienced this? Next season, I would love to be able to reduce my photoperiod from 16 hours to, say, 14 hours rather than 9 or 10 and still get gemmae. 10 hours seems to be just too short for some of my other plants in here.
Lots of gemmae to be harvested!
I really love how the U. sandersonii has covered that pot!!! What is the soil mix you've used in it and how did you get it to grow so awesome without the usual pest moss?
Thanks! Well, to be quite honest... I don't know what I did! I got this plant in a trade, and it came growing in a shallow (1" deep) tray of what appeared to be a mixture of peat and fine sand, around 50/50. The center of the tray was growing very thick and the outsides were a little thinner. The tray it came in was larger than the pot I wanted to put it in, so I transplanted it into the pot you see in that pic, on top of a slightly sandier mix of peat and sand. After transplanting you could still see plenty of dirt, but in the months since, it's filled out as you can see.
Here's a pic of what it looked like closer to the time of transplanting:
As for my conditions - I grow this thing in a tray alongside my S. purp, some pygmy dews, a nep, and a few tropical pings! I fill the tray up to 1" and then let it evaporate, waiting 3 or so days before refilling. For this plant, I also mist the top heavily and frequently to keep it nice and wet. It's sitting about 6" under 48" 32-watt T8 bulbs.
Beauties! I'm so jealous!
My Lowes never seems to have CPs... which I suppose in retrospect is good for the CPs!
Thanks! Yeah, I'm surprised that the Lowes in Brooklyn of all places has CPs. They didn't for the longest time (I was checking pretty religiously in the summer and fall), and suddenly in October they must have received a large shipment - S. purpurea, S. "Judith Hindle," D. adelae, and VFTs. I haven't yet seen anything like Neps, Pings, or more exotic offerings like Darlingtonia at my local Lowes... but here's hoping!