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    Thank you for all of your comments! I'm still trying to wrap my head around which way I am headed without it getting too elaborate. Av8tor has a great flood system thats extremely straight foward that i have been eyeballing for awhile now. I also seen some great looking plants that are grown on a drip system from CPUK. While it might not be 100% nessary, Ive seen great results from these systems. I remember reading that major nurseries have always recommended drip system to get monster nepenthes. but dont quote me on that.

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    I've been toying with adding a small 9-16 Ceph flood system to my LED rack to compare with the usual tray method. It would be modeled off Av's if I went forward with it. But I'm having a really hard time finding any information about prior attempts at growing Cephs in a flood system, where you able to dig any up?

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    What's your thinking into this jcal?? To minimise your hand watering method?? Or to set something up as a trial??

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSS View Post
    I've been toying with adding a small 9-16 Ceph flood system to my LED rack to compare with the usual tray method. It would be modeled off Av's if I went forward with it. But I'm having a really hard time finding any information about prior attempts at growing Cephs in a flood system, where you able to dig any up?
    Hey Ron,
    I will do some digging. I haven't been looking for the sources as of late. Just going off of memory of what I have read in the past months. One was a post from cpuk about a guy who got outrageous growth from his ceph which was on a drip system. I also believe I skimmed over something from one of the major nursery says that if you wanted very large pitcher from nepenthes, then drip is the way to go. I figured it may be worth a try.
    A drip system would be my preference, but I am leaning more toward av's setup for the same of ease.

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    What's your thinking into this jcal?? To minimise your hand watering method?? Or to set something up as a trial??
    Hey Matt!
    It would greatly help free up some time watering. If I moved foward it would be for my entire collection. It has recently been getting more difficult to find free time to water like I should. But neglected plants always seem to look better than pampered plants for me .

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    After I read over Av's setup it made me think about changing a few things around, I've never been completely happy with watering trays but I have way to many plants to even think about any manual method.

    I've used drip systems outdoors and have never really been happy with them.

    I'm planning a flood trial soon as I think a drip system would be a lot more work to set up large scale if I go forward with one of these options, once you get over 6 or 10 plants a drip system would seem to become a nightmare to build and maintain. Plus I just don't think my Cephs would adjust as fast to drip (directed watering) since they have been more or less in a water tray for years.

    Any links would be helpful, a lot of good information is buried in threads with weird names. I'm mainly concerned about the medium compressing over time with repeated flood/drains and reducing the airflow into the medium, which is the main reason I would be going to a different watering method to increase airflow into the medium.

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