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Thread: Should I grow a Cobra Plant outdoors here in Florida?

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    Should I grow a Cobra Plant outdoors here in Florida?

    I'm considering getting a Cobra Plant. Would they be okay to grow outdoors here in Florida? I would grow it in a large clay pot because I hear that they keep the soil cool. I would also keep the plant shaded by my other plants.

    If outdoors are not acceptable here in Florida, could I grow it on my windowsill?
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    Darlingtonia can be grown in almost any environment, provided that some simple planning is taken into consideration. Provide an unglazed -- porous -- terracotta pot, cool or even refrigerated water in a deep tray, some shading, and all should be well.

    A friend in Texas grows them quite successfully in summer climates which exceed 100˚ during the summer . . .
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    Cool. I'll look into buying one.
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    As BigBella said, you should be fine.
    I think a key factor in my success with them is the fact that they receive barely any (if any at all) hot afternoon sun. I do this by placing them on the east side of a pillar in front of my south facing house. This way, they recieve sun at all parts of the day but the afternoon (after 2 or 3 PM). If you can do something similar, I highly reccomend it.
    I also reccomend directly top watering the plant with cool water, as opposed to the tray sytem.
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    I read in "The Savage Garden" never to keep them in undrained containers. Does this mean they hate very wet conditions?
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    I never had any luck growing this plant outside in PA. They always died in the summer. They where potted in glazed pots and I never tried any terracotta pots.
    I tried again growing this plant inside in an orchid pot in a south facing windowsill where I've had success with it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad View Post
    I read in "The Savage Garden" never to keep them in undrained containers. Does this mean they hate very wet conditions?
    The primary reason why I suggest a tray system is that keeping the root system cool is the most important factor in Darlingtonia surviving and the key reason why they fail in cultivation; and the same goes for Heliamphora in that respect. If you're truly dedicated -- far more so than I -- and never forget watering on a hot day, don't use the tray.

    If you get distracted by everything around you -- as I do -- go with the tray (for insurance) and overhead watering.

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    I didn't really mean not to use the tray sytem if thats what it sounded like. I just meant to top water and to let the water drain into a tray, as opposed to only watering the tray.
    Sorry if there was any confusion.
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