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    Thanks for the growing information guys. The only thing that I didn't do was put it in an unglazed pot. It's in a light colored, off white plastic pot with drainage. I may repot it into a clay one and see if it makes a difference. Last year I kept it inside during the summer; it went out when the weather cooled off. I may do the same thing this year if I don't lose it before then.

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    Oversize the pots by at least one size too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crissytal View Post
    Thanks for the growing information guys. The only thing that I didn't do was put it in an unglazed pot. It's in a light colored, off white plastic pot with drainage. I may repot it into a clay one and see if it makes a difference. Last year I kept it inside during the summer; it went out when the weather cooled off. I may do the same thing this year if I don't lose it before then.

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    Terracotta does make a difference, especially in hotter climates. The unglazed pots are porous, offering some air exchange, as well as practical insulation to keep the roots and soil cool. Adding inert "rock" materials like perlite and pumice to the compost also contributes to aeration and keeping the temperature manageable. A friend near of Austin, Texas grows Darlingtonia outside in full sun very successfully in terracotta planters -- in a climate which often exceeds 100˚ F for days at a time, during summer . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    Yeah, my cobra's go nuts here in summer....gotta love the northwest
    i defenantly back up the cold water in the trays.
    Hell, when it gets above 90 or so, i even add ice cubes to the tops of the pot. lol

    Upon checking out the plants this afternoon (on slug patrol in the northwest fog and rain), it turns out that there are now three flower stalks emerging from the sphagnum -- quite a difference from my experience in 2008 . . .

    Darlingtonia californica
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    Very nice i need to get some flowering sized darlingtonia Ahahaha.

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    I managed to get mine repotted yesterday. My pots were either too small or too big, so I went with the big one. I had to cheat and use some sand/peat in the bottom. The rest is all LFS and perlite with some live on top. The pot it was in is the smaller one, I now have some native wetland iris' in it until I have the time to give them a more permanent home. The cobra itself looks terrible. The roots still look good, and the rhizome is still firm. I don't know if it'll come out of it or not. Guess I'll just have to wait and see.



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    Keep your fingers crossed that they are just dormant and will come out of it fine and dandy. The increased room will probably make them happier.
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    The photos in this thread on the ICPS board will give you a detailed look at Darlingtonia californica flower anatomy. Quite a bit different from Sarracenia. These photos should aid you in collecting pollen and hand pollination.

    You can see how recessed the anthers are. The openings in the petals are too small for the average European honey bee.

    http://icps.proboards105.com/index.c...ay&thread=1845
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