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    Always a newbie glider14's Avatar
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    hello!
    im getting another S. Flava, a S. Leucophylla, and a D. Darlingtonia over the summer. i think i have the first two down but i havnt had ANY experience with the serpants. potting mix? what kind of winter can they withstand? whats your method for keeping the roots cool? sun? how old does it have to be for it to flower?
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    Check out this topic from last year - especially from page 3 forward.

    Cobra Lilly Experiment / D. californica

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    I take the easy route.

    1) Undrained glazed ceramic pot.
    2) LFS

    Thats all you need, keep the pot full of water and keep the plant outside. So Far my Cobra has survived 2 years outside year round in Texas. Burning the summer and freezing in the winter. It is by far the easiest to care for plant I own. All I do is fill it back up again whenever the water level gets below the LFS on top.
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    Here's what I have so far. This started as a tiny seedling.

    Sorry for the bad quality

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    wow awesome! i live in kentucky(zone 6) so its a little colder here than in texas in the winter. you have a very nice looking plant and it looks very healthy. im thinking since it is a mountain plant i would be able to grow it outside here. do you refigerate your water?
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    Live sphagnum moss, high water table, mix of full and indirect sun = happy cobra.
    No need to refridgerate water

    Incidently, I was repotting a sarracenia that sits directly next to my cobra in the greenhouse in full sun. It was potted mostly in sphagum moss and it was *steaming* with heat when I removed it from it's pot. I don't know how anyone can cook a cobra lily!



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    And it was either Pyro or Alvin Meister (or both) who have said that an acclimated plant can withstand the 90 degree heat. Mne is kept as Tony Paroubek suggested to me - suspended and drained. Does fine for me, even a our temps have been at 90.

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    thanks! sounds good.
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