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    ok, i finally set up my terrarium.
    only after three days, it now has a fungus.
    the fungus only gros on the cocoa mulch, and not the soil nor the plants.
    but I dont want to chance that it will move to the plants.

    between75-80 degrees is what its at.
    65-80 percent humidity
    soil is 75% moisture
    and soil temp is about 75 degrees

    here are photos of my terrarium and what i have inside.

    my terrarium
    http://www.patch68.com/pics/terrarium.jpg


    dont mind the red, the camera put it there.. my droseras
    http://www.patch68.com/pics/droseras.jpg

    left side of terrarium
    http://www.patch68.com/pics/assortment.jpg

    my nep and others
    http://www.patch68.com/pics/nep.jpg

    my sarracenia (doing much better now, and you can see the fungus in back)
    http://www.patch68.com/pics/sarracenia.jpg

    and here are pics of fungus
    http://www.patch68.com/pics/fungus.jpg
    http://www.patch68.com/pics/fungus2.jpg

    closeup for those that cant open the other windows


    its that white fungus that i dont know what it is, and what i should use on it

    please help

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    Patch, here is a link to a current discussion about fungus, though it is geared more toward fungus on leaves, as opposed to soil media. No doubt you have already perused through it:

    Fungus topic

    In another discussion, it was suggested that cinnamon be used. Most people ten to avoid fungicides. From what I have read, lowering humidity and raising light puts a positive spin on the situation. Picking off the fungus wouldn't hurt. More exposure to the air would help. One thing that people learn is that a closed environment isn't good for CP's . that's why the open tray method works so well for many of them, if we are using artificial environments.


    BTW, you did a fine, aestheically pleasing job on the set up! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    best bet.. open the lid a bit to let in a little fresh air. A small fan inside the terrarium might help also.
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    lid is cracked.
    fan is on in room to circulate air towards the terrarium.
    guess I'll raise the light

    temp has fallen to 71 last night in the room.
    so I'll have to fix that.

    i'll try cinammon. i read that post but like it said.. on the plants.. so I didnt know if same worked for the soil.
    I tried picking it off.. it comes right back really quick.

    thanks for the compliments.
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    Patch, you're welcome! On the way home, while doing the "stream of consciousness" thing, it hit me: I, too have experienced this phenomenon. I have seen it in the P. primuliflora container. I picked the white stuff out. Observationally, it never became a health issue.

    71 degrees isn't too cold, though. It appears that you have a smorgasbord of plants together. As far as I can tell, you have a VFT & a S. purpurea that require a true dormancy period. Other plants in there don't have a dormancy but "slow down". While most if not all of them can take similar light and temperature conditions from mid-spring -> early fall, their requirements diverge. While Neps and some of the Droseras will be alright in a terrarium for the next couple seasons, the Sarrs and VFT's won't do so well next year.

    Don't mean to scare ya, but just as Lowes sells those plastic cubes with plants that have very different winter requirements, so does the terrarium. Do you have Savage Garden? Mr. D'Amato does an excellent job of giving each plant a description of their respective growing conditions and dormancy requirements.

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    I have read som of "savage garden"

    yet I was told that if the plants dont know it winter, then they wont need dormancy.

    if i keep the temp up around 76, they should be fine right?
    and if the light is on long through out the day for 14-16 hours, then the plants wont know it is winter, and wont need dormancy.

    least thats the way I understood it.

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    Who told you that

    The plant may grow through the Winter yes if you fool them into thinking it is not Winter. However they will eventually decline in health if they don't get a natural rest period.
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    Patch, It's kinda like studying for finals and you've got a ton of studying to do in a limited psace of time. So the typical college student approach is to grab the largest drinking vessel you can find and start pumping your favorite caffeine beverage - for hours at a time. You pull an all-nighter and stumble into your exams. Your memory is a seive and you're barely functional, deprived of sleep. Naturally, the exams are a disaster and so is your disposition. Well, the analogy DOES break down, but you can see the picture.

    All life has its cycles. You can "play" with them a little bit, but those plants that see significant climatic differences have evolved ways of conforming to those differences. Now in a million years you can take a species and if it survives infintessimal differences year after year, it will adapt. Unfortunately, that cannot be done in one season. Those plants (Sarracenia, VFT's, Darlingtonia, and some sundews require their dormancy).

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