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Thread: a month of growth in my Darlingtonias

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    haha yeah i was considering a larger Terracotta pot. uhg i want to get some Heliamphora now that my rack is set up...i love Helis

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    But how far apart can a shoot appear? Is 8.5" away realistic?

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    id imagine a couple feet....since they like to wrap around the bottom of the pots a few times before they shoot up

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    But how far apart can a shoot appear? Is 8.5" away realistic?
    I have had Darlingtonia in two-foot terra cotta planters in the past and stolons have appeared at either end of the pot, well in excess of ten inches -- as far from the main plant as you can get (circling perhaps three times) without heading out drainage holes. That too can occur . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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    Beautiful plants. I so wish I could grow these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightsky View Post
    Beautiful plants. I so wish I could grow these.
    Hey, Darlingtonia are far simpler -- and tougher -- than most people would have you believe. I have a friend in Phoenix and another in Taos who now grow them outside beautifully and in heat well over 100˚ during the summer. Just give them a nice large terra cotta pot with lots of live sphagnum moss, perlite, and pumice, sit them in a tub of cold water to keep all of the important stuff cool, and provide some shade. They'll grow like weeds. There you go . . .

    I have seen huge stands of them in Northern California and Oregon -- and in some infernal 110˚ summer heat . . .
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    They say that correlation need not be causality but every single TC plant that I have purchased from a "Lowes cube of death" has died, one way or another. They just seem to be weak. But last year I received a plant from a hobbyist collection in the PAC NW. That plant went through dormancy and produced a flower this spring. It's the same plant that produced this stolon.

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    I would think that the marginal water quality and, primarily, the poor choice of compost have more to blame than the fact that the plants are tissue-cultured. Virtually every plant you see at Lowe's and Home Depot or anywhere else is the product of TC -- and, on the whole, seem quite healthy . . .

    Should you attempt another "Lowe's Rescue," I'd immediately bare-root those plants and change the soil to something more appropriate . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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