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    hey my name is drew, but i've been called meaven for the longest time (weird, long story... maybe another time).

    anyway, i'm new to growing CPs... sorta. i've had my actual terrarium for about 2 months.

    it all started when i saw a big case of VFTs at the floral department of the grocery store i work at. i thought it would be cute to buy one for my girlfriend... turns out she has a horrific phobia of CPs ever since she saw a little shop of horrors play when she was young. darn it. so ok i took it home, made a crappy terrarium out of a soda bottle and proceeded to watch it die no matter what i did.

    i'm persistant by nature. so what did i do? i went out and bought an aquarium, shop lights, and various other things and threw my setup together. then i ordered a big variety of CPs, and bought all the remaining VFTs from my store (there were 6).

    so now they are all doing pretty well in my terrarium, its been about 2 months and all the plants have exploded in growth, im really suprised how well i've done.

    i have a bit of a coloration issue going on but i think thats just because i dont have the right lighting yet.

    right now i want to expand my collection with some more exotic stuff, like N. hamata or villosa, but these seem super hard to find... i'll keep trying.

    anyway, thats me. oh, and by the way, me and my girlfriend broke up. something about evil plants next to the bed, i dont know. she was crazy anyhow.
    if i were ruler of the world, anyone who defined a nepenthene as a "companion plant" to orchids would be fired from a cannon atop mt. kinabalu.

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    Quote[/b] (Meaven @ Aug. 26 2006,8:32)]anyway, thats me. oh, and by the way, me and my girlfriend broke up. something about evil plants next to the bed, i dont know. she was crazy anyhow.
    Welcome to TerraForums! She didn't like the romantic gesture of a CP? She wasn't worth it!

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    welcome to the forums!
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    Welcome ,to the forum!


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    Welcome to the forums.

    VFT's will most likely do best if grown outside in full sun. They love the sun.
    I grow all mine in full sun all day on my south facing deck.
    If you decide to do that, adjust the plants slowly to the sun over a week or so, otherwise the leaves will burn as they are not accustome to the intensity of the sun.

    Also do you know that VFT require a dormancy, which depending on how you have your terrarium set up may be hard to achieve.

    Anyway welcome to the world of addictive plants, I mean carnivorous plants.


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    Welcome Meaven

    Yes it sounds like you are well on your way to CP addiction. The neps you named are too hard to find but usually a bit expensive.

    I grow my VFTs potted outdoors as well. Its a more natural environment. Tanks are ok but you must make sure there is good air circulation and a lot of light. Dormancy will be an issue as well.

    Have fun...explore all the forums. Lots of information here and the community fellowships in the General Forum.
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    i think minnesota winters are far too cold. i read somewhere that putting them in a ziplock and the back of my fridge for 3 months works, is that true?
    if i were ruler of the world, anyone who defined a nepenthene as a "companion plant" to orchids would be fired from a cannon atop mt. kinabalu.

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    I have done something like tha in the past. I remove the plant, cut the leaves off and treat with fungicide. Place in barely damp sphagnum and put in the fridge.
    I lost a ton when the dang fridge conked out-another freak accident that I seem to attract.

    Cheers,

    Joe

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