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    Help with planting Darlingtonia on a stream.

    Alright. So I've got about... I'd say 30 Darlingtonia (If I split up some clumps) with more on the way. I want to plant them on the bank of the little creek at our cabin in the mountains. I was going to plant them directly in the soil that's already there, but I've got a BUTTLOAD of peat that I'm never going to use so I figured I'd dig a trench and plants them in that, but then I started to become afraid of erosion! I don't want them to be washed away, so then I thought of gettting a HUGE artificial terracotta planter (it's like hard foam or something. Weather resistant) and cutting holes in it to let plenty of exchange between the Darlingtonia medium and what's outside of it. It would also insulate during the winter since it's thick foam.

    I was going to plant them on the right side in the picture (when looking at the pitcher, the right side). The left side is all red clay, you see, so it's inappropriate. I think planting them directly in in the media would minimize erosion, but there wouldn't be any insulation. Maybe they don't even NEED extra insulation, I don't know squat about Darlingtonia. It DOES get cold in the winter, so I don't really know how high up the bank to plant them. I should mention I planted live Sphagnum there, as well as in the gravel/sand right in the middle of the stream, and it did fine so that tells me the soil that's already there is also fine. Or at least what's on top. Don't Darlingtonia grow in media relatively high in minerals in the wild, anyway? This creek feeds the lake in front of the house, and even with all of the little rocks and stuff it flows over, the LFS thrives on the shore. I'm sure it's fine.

    As you can see, it's not a big, fast flowing stream. Certainly not like Jimscott's! I place a clay pot with Darlingtonia in the stream last year, but it rotted in the winter. But that was one plant, one attempt. The water was probably halfway up the clay pot (or more), so it may have been too wet.

    The elevation is 1980 feet, so it's cooler than most of Georgia, but I'm worried it'll be TOO cold for them in the winter. I should mention that Sarracenia did perfectly fine over the winter there last year, Dionaea and Drosera all died. They weren't planted in the same are the Darlingtonia will be, so I dunno how it'll work out, which is why I'm a bit worried. The Sarracenia DID freeze, but it didn't hurt them.


    Here are the average temperatures. You can check the boxes at the top to see record all-time highs and record lows for each month.
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/healt...46?locid=30546


    How high should I plant them up the bank? Plant directly in the media? Dig a trench and fill CP-media? If I did that, I could get a fresh start and circumvent a lot of weeds with fresh media and lots of preen. I've never actually tested the media for anything, but LFS did fine. I dunno what to do lol.

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    Hmmmm...... I'm still in therapy!

    Well.... I think the environmental conditions will be okay. Just make sure they are anchored well.

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    They will take WAYYYYYYYY more coldness than sarra's, so that should be fine...im not too sure about the mineral content of the water...they grow naturaly next to either fast flowing streams or on a rock face that is fed by water constantly, and the rocks are mainly serpentine (or terpentine or some other -tine i forget lol!)...I wouldn't put them directly into your existing soil-it could be too nutrient laden or just be too heavy. They like it light and fluffly. As a safety measure to prevent "floating off", you could puch a mesh screen or similar means of prevention around the whole area you are going to infest with cobras. Oh-this would also help to keep away animals (like deer) away from your cobras-they love to eat their juicy heads. I think The Savage Garden says some people call them deer licks lol...

    If i were you, i'd use your pot thing and fill it with LFS, and put the cobra's directrly into that. My cobras love dried sphagnum, and i had one in live LFS was the most amazing cobra i have ever grew. It made 18 inch pitchers-a year after i got it with 4 inch pitchers!

    Hope this helps!
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    You need to experiment. Put some in the existing soil, some in Peat and some in LFS. They usually grow best in slow moving water in LFS but i have seen them growing in sand, clay, and peat. They will tolorate standing in water in the winter but they will not tolorate drying out. Put them in a place where they wont be washed away by fast moving currents. The plants i have seen in the wild actually do not seem to hold up as well as sarracenia to frost, but they will quickly come back in spring if they are not froze too bad. The best media for them seems to be LFS and the more of it the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner View Post
    You need to experiment. Put them in a place where they wont be washed away by fast moving currents.

    If only he knew......

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    How high does that stream get?

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    Five inches higher during bad storms, and just for a few hours. Just a few inches higher when we aren't in a drought. The other weeds and plants on the bank have never been washed away during storms.

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    Didn't Bob from CPphotofinder post a pic of a darlingtonia growing in a water fountain setup near a casino?? I think this is a great location for the cobra. it loves water through its roots.

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