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    Nice Plants!

    I would love to see more photos as these are all promising! All of em look great. The first ones like a glowing ufo lid. The one 5th to the right on the bottom is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for posting.
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    Small update nearing their birthday!
    I am not sure exactly, but I believe that these plants are nearing their first birthday! Not a bad size for only one years growth from what I can tell.


    I recently read a post here where someone was expressing their opinion & sharing their knowledge to someone new who asked about growing plants indoors. The person "giving out advice" went on about how one shouldn't ever try growing plants like Sarrs & VFT's indoors under lights as it wouldn't work, & how these plants should only be attempted outdoors where they belong.

    While everyone does have different experiences, I would like to say that from what I can tell, one CAN grow Sarrs indoors under lights quite well if they know what they are doing & with a little bit of luck, patience & some good equipment. Whether it is actually "better" to grow them under artificial conditions however, is not what I am addressing, but simply that it can be done.

    I myself, am amazed at how well these young plants have grown
    I do have some other, more mature Sarrs, growing in the greenhouse that I will post pics of later. Indeed, having a good amount of light (sunlight or artificial) certainly does miracles!
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    Very nice looking!

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    what is your growing setup?

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    My setup...

    The newest seedlings & close to age older siblings are in a large(2'Wx4'Lx18"H), fully automated terrarium that runs 3 light fixtures (4' -2-lamp @ fluorescents). From there the plants are moved onto one of my rack shelves (when they grow too tall for the terrarium) with about 26" headroom. You can't see from the photo, but about a half dozen have begun burning their heads on the lights (at this point, either 2 or 3 fixtures or one 4'- 4-lamp T-5 fixture.

    The plants are coloring up as good as plants do that are nearing late summer in full sun. Much better than I had planned when setting it all up. If I had the room and money, the results have been so good that I would do this sort of set-up all over the place for all my plants if I could. While the outdoor plants do gather their own food (and make pigs of themselves), I can still feed the plants indoors quite well, however this is the only aspect that I haven't automated!

    I do have one plant flowering already, however I can say for certain that it wasn't a straggler that was more mature & inadvertently moved in with these, although it is in the same potting setup that I did just for the newbies. Either way, I didn't expect this fast of growth. Although it has been a good year (or so) for my Sarrs, so that may have something to do with it also.

    I also have a couple mature plants that just sent up a few 3' pitchers already! They were decent size divisions that I got just last year. I am surprised at their growth also, but then they did come from a terrific grower, so I know they are good stock. Perhaps that has something to do with it too. Pic shows me holding a yardstick (on the right) next to one of the plants. Indeed it has been a good year for them!


    I will try to post a few more pics of some of the more attractive plants (unknown mutts) when I can. Indeed, I expected a bunch of common "dogs" to grow, but it turns out that acquiring a group of "mutts" isn't such a bad thing at all! Wanting & getting a "named variety" is great, but growing some unknowns can be just as rewarding... maybe even more! When you see the pics you will know what I am talking about!

    Thanks for looking.
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    Any updates on these seedlings? I'm sure many others would like to see the progress they have made! They look absolutely beautiful!

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    wow Paul! Amazing as always. Man! I have these random bunch of seedlings that are like 3y since I germinated them. Shows how ideal conditions can do wonders. man! I have so much to learn.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GrowinOld View Post
    Small update nearing their birthday!
    I am not sure exactly, but I believe that these plants are nearing their first birthday! Not a bad size for only one years growth from what I can tell.


    I recently read a post here where someone was expressing their opinion & sharing their knowledge to someone new who asked about growing plants indoors. The person "giving out advice" went on about how one shouldn't ever try growing plants like Sarrs & VFT's indoors under lights as it wouldn't work, & how these plants should only be attempted outdoors where they belong.

    While everyone does have different experiences, I would like to say that from what I can tell, one CAN grow Sarrs indoors under lights quite well if they know what they are doing & with a little bit of luck, patience & some good equipment. Whether it is actually "better" to grow them under artificial conditions however, is not what I am addressing, but simply that it can be done.

    I myself, am amazed at how well these young plants have grown
    I do have some other, more mature Sarrs, growing in the greenhouse that I will post pics of later. Indeed, having a good amount of light (sunlight or artificial) certainly does miracles!
    The plants I start from seed are grown indoors for up to two years. I used to use T5s which are great on a 16-17 hr photo period (some recommend lights on 24/7), tray method-rainwater, dilute indoor outdoor Osmocote pellets (not recommended unless experimenting and you know how many pellets per cell or pot size, Brittnacher published a paper on this in ICPS-I'll find it later-I use his recommended NPK ratio fert pellets). I currently grow from seed using T8s moved a little closer to the lights because T5s are being used for other growing. No dormancy within the first two years and plants will get big quick. I then repot because cells or pots usually root bound by then, move to bogs or greenhouse for first dormancy.

    Looking great Paul. Hope to see more.
    "And this is what happened, and this is why the caribou and the wolf are one; for the caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong."
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