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    Honzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)

    Howdy, y'all!
    Starting a series of pots in the front yard. These will be fully exposed to the harsh Texas sun and relatively low humidity (generally around 30%-40%). My main purpose for this thread is to hopefully clear up any doubts that these plants can be grown in harsh conditions such as that of Western, TX. The plants are coming in tomorrow. The set-up is a large Terra-cotta pot within a plastic barrel pot. The outer barrel pot will always maintain about two inches of water. The purpose of it is to keep the sides of the inner pot cool at all times of the day (I see this will be most critical where I live). the soil composition is the basic 1:1 Peat to Perlite mixture. There is some LFS on the bottom and top layers to retain moisture and hold the soil in place. Water is Distilled. No Sun Protection. No humidity domes. Just that Raging sun and some hopeful Sarracenia.

    If these take off, I hope to add a few sundews/Flytraps/ Butterworts/Utrics to the bog. There is already a Lowe's Deathcube Sarracenia Purpurea in there as of a few days ago.

    I think my fingers will break with all this crossing....

    Species coming in tomorrow...
    Sarracenia Leucophylla 'Tarnok'
    Sarracenia Flava 'Rubricorpora'
    Sarracenia Rubra 'Gulfensis'
    Sarracenia Alata (Texas Variety)


    Some pics to get started...

    Honzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4611-jpgHonzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4612-jpgHonzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4613-jpg
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    Wouldn't recommend using clay pots...maybe for Drosophyllum, but definitely not Sarracenia...

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    hmm... Why not SerMuncherIV? I have heard about all the porous water loss stories... is that what you are referring to? If that's the case trust me I will be very diligent watering these beasties.
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    Well, that's one thing, but I was mainly referring to the fact that porous materials such as clay tend to leech harmful minerals into the soil over time.

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    Sarrs and VFTs should do well in your hot and sunny climate. Humidity doesn't matter as long as you keep them sufficiently watered, at least in my experience of growing these plants in the arid west. Native sundews should also do well, but may not be very sticky on windy, arid days.

    Looks from your photos that the location is under a tree. For best results, you may want to select an unshaded spot. Sarrs and VFTs do best in full sunlight.

    Regarding the clay pot, I hope it is new. If not, it may leech chemicals into your soil as the OP mentioned. The clay will also hasten water loss. Plastic pots are preferred. Also, depending on how tall the clay pot is, you may need to start with more than two inches of water in the outer pot, especially if the pot is significantly taller than the length of the plant roots. I try to never let the top of my soil become dry in order to assure saturation at lower levels. You may be surprised by how much water evaporates from the soil on windy days.

    Keep us posted on your progress.

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    Thanks for the thoughtful replies. The pot is new, and I contacted the nursery from which I obtained the pot. The pot is composed of a high-fired 'true' red clay. It is fired to the point that the material is rendered inert. Even still, I will have watchful eyes of mineral blooms on the sides of the pots. Its day 5 and the pot has been receiving daily watering, and still not even the slightest bloom (though It is probably to early to tell). All the same, if the pot shows even the slightest sign of being ineffective this season, I will change it during dormancy for the next season. I think regardless they are safe for now.

    I have also been maintaining two-three inches of water in the outer pot. This is checked every morning and mid-day. the top layer of LFS is also constantly saturated with frequent top watering. I will increase the amount of water tomorrow in the outer pot to around half its length. I just wanted to make sure everything was airy and sound before I flood the beasties
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    Now for some plant updates! Everybody is potted up and literally 5 minutes after planting the flies started their feeding frenzy! lots of food for their first day! during the hottest part of the day the pitchers held up nicely. no burns and acclimated already by the wonderful vendor. Now to watch and see!

    Honzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4617-jpgHonzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4621-jpgHonzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4626-jpg
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    Close-ups. Sorry for crap quality. Using IPhone at the moment... was too excited to set up the DSLR. This'll do. doesn't do em' justice tho.

    Honzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4625-jpgHonzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4618-jpgHonzo's Texas Mini-Bog(s)-img_4622-jpg
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