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