Last edited by asid61; 01-17-2013 at 05:35 PM.
wow.. I can't even picture all of this in my head. Any chance of seeing a pic of your current setup? I'm slow.. so visual displays help like no other.
A few things you can do.
Not sure where you live, but I would serious consider moving any Sarracenia and VFT's outside. Place them in full sun. Not at once. Do it slowly, over a few days moving the plants from a shaded area, to a brighter area and then full sun.
I would not be overly concerned about the humidity. I grow a lot of plants in the house at 20-35% humidity. (Cephs, Neps (HL & LL), Dews, Pings, Utrics etc, etc). It may take them some time to adjust, but they always do.
As for you tank. Do you have any opening on top? All my tanks have a several inch opening the length of the tank for air circulation, and too let the heat escape. My temps are in the mid 80's and I grow a Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor in my setup. I have tried some other Helis in there, and have lost some do to the heat but the heterodoxa x minor does not seem to mind.
I may try to post some pics here shortly...
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Elgecko! I have visited your site a lot. I live in the north bay area in CA and it gets pretty hot. The VFT and the pitcher seem to be doing fine inside so I will keep them there. I would rather not lose them to heat/sun/humidity, as they are used to 70% humidity all day long.
Good news. I upped the time the humidifier is on, so now it is on 2/3 of the time and the humidity stays above 60% all day, and is peaking at 85% at night. Temperature is peaking today at 78*. Lowest humidity all day, accoring to my exo-terra thermo-hygrometer, is 61%.
The camera just got back from India, so pics will be posted later today.
Last edited by asid61; 07-14-2012 at 03:43 PM.
And here they are:
View from room
Full tank shot
Top of tank
FTS of bottom
View from left
Pics of individual plants to come. Misty-ness if just from humidifer that was on a minute ago.
Last edited by asid61; 07-14-2012 at 03:54 PM.
Individual plants. There are two pygmy sundews that I could not get with the camera.
Standard venus flytrap from Home Depot
Drosera spatulata. I have 2 of these.
Drosera binata T-form
Drosera adelae- the only sundew with dew right now.
Sarracenia purpurea v. (v stands for ventricosa?)
Heliamphora minor x heterodoxa
Same from top
And an empty terrarium that will eventually house some jungle plants:
V. stands for venosa. And just a heads up, some of those plants are completely incompatible together. THe bical and Heli, for example, prefer opposite ends of the temperature spectrum, the bical preferring hot and humid, the Heli enjooying cool days and cold nights. Also, I admit it's not a bad idea to place LED's in there for humidity purposes, some of the sundews would do best in full sun, while types like the bical do better in partial shade.
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The bical is not doing too good, I know. I read that lowland plants do better in 80+* weather and high humidity, like what prevailed in my tank a few weeks ago. 70-80%/ 78* is now normal, with lows in the lower 60%s/68*. I may have to move it to a seperate terrarium.
But this is also good news, as it means the other plants will do better and the interesting nepenthes that are highland might grow better.
ditto what hcarlton said. The reason most people have separate setups to grow nepenthes, sarracenia, drosera, heliamphora, etc is because they all prefer different humidity, light levels, water regimens, etc. granted there is some overlap, but a single setup for all of them is pretty much impossible from my understanding. HL nepenthes and heliamphora can be grown together typically as can possibly some sarracenia that are known to be able to tolerate colder climates such as S. purpurea ssp. purpurea. However, most sarracenia like it wet, with high light levels and warm to hot temps. I grow mine outside year round and it stays around 100F during most days of the summer and they do great as long as you keep them watered. As for sundews it really varies from species to species. I mostly grow petiolaris complex sundews and lowland nepenthes which both like high light levels, very humid, and hot environments. I keep my grow rack at about 95F during the day and drop it to 75 at night with about 80% humidity. Some of the other sundews like your binata t form can tolerate high temps but like it a little cooler than 95F. I've got one growing with my petiolaris dews and it hated me for a few months but now it seems to be picking up. I've never grown pygmies until recently so I can't give any advice on those or the cephalotus, but from my understanding they like it warm and humid. Hope this helped. Overall I would say pick a genus you really want to work with and focus on making an ideal environment for that genus and then figure out what also will grow in that environment. also make sure you edit your pics so that the tags from other vendors aren't showing (its a forum rule). Good Luck!
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It doesn't seem to me like putting a bical in with a Heliamphora would be a good idea. The former wants hot swamp and the latter wants a chillier swamp. Is the surrounding soil for the Heliamphora a peat : perlite mix too?
Speaking for my own growing conditions, I think I was lucky to put my Helis through 80'sish during the day and then the 65ish during the night because I hear they like it cooler, but I couldn't even grow a N.rafflesiana that can supposedly take lower temps than bical like those that I had (80 day, 65 night) with the Helis.