User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 25

Thread: Outside terrarium

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    243
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Unhappy

    I can deny it no longer. My plants don't get adequate light from my bedroom windowsill. I checked the weather for the week, and it seems to be pretty consistent, so I decided to try putting my plants outside. The temperature ranges are 75 in the day and about 55 at night, with high sunlight (well, not at night, unless you count moonlight, and N. bicalcarata's the only CP vampirey enough to enjoy that! MUAHAHAHAA!! *cough*).

    I have the pots sitting in water trays, with the glass tanks sitting upside-down over the pots. With the slits between the deck-boards, I guess they'd get adequate air circulation. I put the tanks covering the pots to keep humidity, and to keep the rain from pounding the soil out of the pots. Believe me, I've been getting some pretty heavy rain recently. It would be like dropping bricks on a baby.

    I currently have Dionaea, S. purpurea, N. ventricosa, and D. capensis out there. Would the fluctuating day/night temps beat the North American plants into submission? I know my N. ventricosa would like it (I believe it's a highland?). Also, I'm concerned that during the day, the sun would create heat build up inside the tanks, and I don't want to bake my plants!

    The back of my house and my deck is facing east, so I guess they would get nice, cool morning sun there, but I'm worried about the afternoon. I currently have a white garbage bag overtop both of the tanks so the sudden direct sun doesn't burn 'em, but I'm not sure if that would be enough. I intend to keep the tanks covered for three days so they get used to the light before I remove the cover.

    I'm really worried about them , because they're my first CP's (that VFT I murdered in kindergarten doesn't count! I was barely sentient!). Can I maybe get some suggestions on other things to consider?

    Here are some pics of the summer homestead:
    http://img98.echo.cx/img98/1627/terr14wi.jpg
    http://img275.echo.cx/img275/724/terr28xz.jpg

    It would be sweet to grow a bicalcarata in a coffin, and only open it up at night.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Everett, Washington
    Posts
    109
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Having your plants in closed terrariums with direct sun and 75F outside is sure to roast them. The slits between the boards will not be able to cool the terrarium enough in that kind of exposure. You would definitely need some relatively powerful fans, and even that might not be enough.

    Since fans would be impractical outside, I would consider removing the terrarium if your environment permits. What kind of outside humidity do you have? As long as it doesn't go much below 40% the plants you described should be OK. In fact, everything but the N. ventricosa might be able to tolerate even lower.

    The night temps (55F) should be no problem for any of those plants, as long as you let them adjust properly.

    -Ben

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    243
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good thing I read this in time! I just called my mom from school and told her to remove the tanks. Thanks!

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Zone 9
    Posts
    455
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Having your plants in closed terrariums with direct sun and 75F outside is sure to roast them
    You know, I'm not sure about that. Last summer I had various plants outside under a 4'x3'x3' pvc frame covered with 4 mil. clear plastic sheeting. There were small cracks between the frame and the ground, but that was all the air movement the plants got. I'm thinking it must have sometimes been 100 degrees at times, but it was also very humid, so the plants loved it. My mirabilis x khasiana grew about 2 ft. of vine with 6" pitchers (and they got filled with ants). The rafflesiana, ampullaria and alata grew lovely pitchers as well. The vft I had in there couldn't have been happier.

    This year I want to try this setup again perhaps with a N. bicalcarata. The only plants I wouldn't put in such a setup would be highland neps, pings, and some utrics.

    I'd say just try it out, see what works for you, just don't put all your nicest plants in right away.

    Peter
    the cellist

  5. #5

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Massachussetts
    Posts
    10
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    These plants are native to North Carolina and a rather sunny climate. The sun is great for the plant when the soil that they are potted in remains moist, if you give all the sunlight they can get when they are growing (as long as they remain in a humid environment) they will flourish during their growth period.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Everett, Washington
    Posts
    109
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was thinking the direct sun would be the main problem. I know that even artificial lighting can add a lot of heat, so with direct sun wouldn't it be kind of like the heat that builds up in a car under such circumstances? Maybe it depends on the size of the ventilation holes.

    It looks like your terrariums are 5 gal from those pics? I imagine heat would build up faster in smaller ones like that. I would recommend getting a thermometer/hygrometer and measuring the temps in there when it is getting direct sun. If it goes much over 100F it is probably not a good idea (you also need higher humidity at higher temps).

    -Ben

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    243
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just decided to keep the plants outside under my glass deck table for now. On saturday, when I can more closely monitor the plants, I'll try setting them back out under the tanks and see how hot it gets out there.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Posts
    2,154
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well it has hit 94 here already and the plants in the 15 gallon terrarium seem fine. Only D. slackii did not like it but he will be off to Copper on Tuesday. My Neps, Dews, Utrics, Helis, Orchids all seem fine so far. I should say they get bright light all day and direct sun for only an hour. This was jsut to free up room on my windowsill.

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •