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    Sleeping Cobras

    Hi all,

    Thought I'd post a couple of pics of my Darlingtonia, just recently put into it's winter dormancy.



    This Cobra was obtained back in 2007, and it has successfully gone through two winter dormancies, and is now entering it's third with me. I grow it in the basement under a 42 watt 6500k CFL. And last spring, I repotted it into a 13" plastic pot. A top dressing of lfs lies atop a coarse mineral mix, similar to my mexi-ping media, but with more peat and lfs added in to it. For watering, I usually just dump a tray of ice cubes onto the topdressing.

    This plant took a growth spurt earlier this fall, when I made an effort to get more D. hydei onto the plant. I figure with the extra protein, it decided to go for and make some bigger pitchers. The tallest pitcher is currently 8.5 inces.

    For dormancy, I just place the Cobra out into our heated garage. We keep the thermostat turned down low, but it doesn't usually get too much below 7C out there in the winter.



    I was surprised that Darlingtonia keeps it's pitchers as long and as well as it does. In the two and some years that I have had it, I haven't had to remove a pitcher yet. The pitcher in the bottom left with the browning crown, was the large pitcher it came with back in '07.

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    Very nice plants there . . .

    I am sure that your weather will provide the necessary cold for dormancy (heh, heh, heh) . . .
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    Thanks BigBella.

    Yes, if you've ever had an 'Alberta Clipper' come down your way states side, you'll never again have any doubt that we have the necessary cold and then some for a more than adequate winter dormancy. ;^}

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    gorgeous plant dvg cobras are outstanding plants.

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    Nice. I just ordered a Cobra Plant and it arrives next week.
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    Thanks guys.

    Cobras definitely are beautiful and unique CP's. I also find them to be scarcer in cultivation than a lot of the other carnivorous pitcher plants...Neps, Helis, Sarras and Cephs. In fact I went through the older pages dating back to more than a year ago, going back 23 pages, and was actually surprised at the paucity of not only Darlingtonia photos posted but also the lack of threads started dealing with adult sized plants.

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    dvg - obviously this has a lot to do with the difficulty of the plant.....as im sure you know, its not exactly the easiest CP to grow....though for me its proven to be insanely easy with the mountain location clones....great plants, just picked up a couple more tonight from lowes when i saw em, ive got several more coming here this week sometime....stocking up on em for trades and possibly a couple for the NASC auction again this year

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    Yeah, that's unfortunate that more folks don't have them in their collections. Well grown Darlings are truly a sight to behold, and well worth the extra effort.

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