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    Myrmecodia tuberosa
    Hydnophytum formicarium

    any body know how easy it is to grow these? (as in personal experince) Ive looked on line and found some information but Im wondering if you guys know how to or grow them.

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    I ended up buying 2 of them...

    Let you guys know how it goes and when I put ants in them!

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    it is very easy to grow them , I have some one .
    you can grow these species like nephentes ( soils-hygrometry -etc)
    no ant for them ,but a NPK : 23-5-5
    for every species you have a specific tropical ant, in europe we grow them without ant.

    I have a website on these species
    http://fern72.free.fr


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    Nep,

    Are you growing your ant plant in a terriarium, by a window, or outside? Are you really going to try and colonize it with ants? I just did some reading on the species and it sounds really interesting.

    You mentioned two different species. What is the difference in the two? When I googled both of them I got the same websites.

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    So far I have found very little Difference in species Just the complications in the growing methods I have gotten the easier species. 2 of them just in case!

    Hydnophytum formicarium

    I Plan on trying to colonize it in spring I will put it in a hanging basket. On the wire's Chains w/e it is that holds it up will be Either 3-1 Oil, or Vasoline, both wont let ants take a grip, I can also feed the ants from this,

    That test tube with the cotton is acutaly the species I might put in one of them! Slonepsis molesta! Small ant and hard to contain in a normal Ant set up (platser is what I usualy use check out my blog about Tetramorium Caespitum) They generaly Keep smaller colonys and I suspect that they would do VERY well in one of these ant plants, and I also plan on putting another species in the other one... dunno what yet.

    thanks for all the help guys!

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    this is what the ants would enter. this plant is 3-4 months old obviously. Their are probably 2-3 good sized galleries in their the entrance is about 5 mm's big.

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    I grow both of these, but hardened them off and grow as housplants on a sunny windowsill, temps 10-20C in winter, a bit warmer in summer, very low humidity
    Stephen
    Sarracenia rosea?...don't be ridiculous!

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    Not sure how to gorw them. Sure know how to kill tem.
    well truth is , I don't know I killed them they jest died,
    Lois
    Every seed that you plant ,doesn't sprout.
    Every seed that sprouts, doesn't make it to maturity.
    Every cutting that you stick doesn't grow roots.
    Every cutting that roots doesn't grow to a small plant.
    Every small plant doesn't reach maturity.


    Who needs speelcheck?

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