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Thread: Darlingtonia cool water question (also, sarracenia seedling question)

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    Quote Originally Posted by defiantNX View Post
    Safety Shears: What about growing Darlingtonia hydroponically with gravel or clay pebbles?
    n bicalcarata: I want to try growing darlingtonia with water being pumped through the pot too. How do you put your darlingtonia through dormancy since you pump water through the roots?
    Durring dormancy you wont need to pump water through the roots for Darlingtonia. That's mainly helpful durring the heat of the summer and as the plant is actively growing to help cool the roots . When darlingtonia stops growing durring dormancy, you can basically just keep the soil moist, throw it in a cool temp location and forget about it. I exaggerate slightly to make the point, but basically this is true. You'll want to check up on the plant and make sure there is no fungus growing on it, but dormancy is a very low maintanance period for north American CP's. There's nothing to it really, as long as it gets its expected cooler temps and short photoperiod.

    This is not to say you can't pump water in the pot while it's dormant. The plant will still go dormant regardless. But as with having lights on 24/7 with Sarracenia seedlings, there's really little point.

    Hope this is helpful, and makes things easier for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by richjam1986 View Post
    Also, durring dormancy a little light is beneficial, but they are not actively growing and sure as heck don't need lights on continuously!!! I would say 10 hours MAX during dormancy bro! Since you're in Tennessee, why don't you use the naturally cold weather in the winter to cool them down durring dormancy (put them in a cold garage with lights on a short photoperiod, or something similar)?
    This is great advice, I completely agree. I've heard that 8-10 hours during dormancy is ideal for Sarracenia. And a cool basement would also work if you don't have garage space.

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    richjam1986 gives excellent advice for both the sarrs and Darlingtonia.

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    Unfortunately, I don't have a basement or garage so I have to options: outside where it will get below 30 degrees, or the refrigerator.
    That is interesting about the sarracenia. During the experiment, do you know if the seedlings were grown year round or put through dormancy?
    I haven't put a lot of my plants into dormancy yet because I'm just concerned that I'll mess it up and hurt/kill the plant. Almost all of my plants need a dormancy though.

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    You can grow seedlings without dormancy for a couple years to get them to a larger size more quickly, so your on the right track there. But beyond two years old I would give them dormancy.

    Yeah, dormancy is really important so you better give it to your plants You can kill them in a couple year's time (beyond the seedling stage) by not giving them dormancy.

    Just becuase it gets below 30 degrees outside doesn't mean you can't keep them outside. North american Cp's are frost tolerant and can take frosts down to 20 degrees for a short period of time, as long as the day temperature is above freezing. If you cover them up during extra cold periods (using a tarp or mulch of some kind) they should be fine. This is what I would do in your situation.

    Edit: These temp tolerances are for plants in pots. Plants in the ground in a bog garden can take lower temps than plants in pots, since the pots will freeze through more quickly... And of course it depends a bit on what specific plant your talking about.
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    n bicalcarata: I want to try growing darlingtonia with water being pumped through the pot too. How do you put your darlingtonia through dormancy since you pump water through the roots?

    just turn it off

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    That sounds complicated. Do you have a picture of your setup for your Darlingtonia?
    I started dormancy for my plants. I ordered some that came in dormant so I put them all in a plastic bag with a few strands of moist sphagnum moss and I put them in the fridge. I also put my potted Drosera intermedia in plastic bags and in the fridge. I put all my vft, sarr, and drosera capillaris in a small aquarium (just to keep them all together) and I put them outside. If the temperatures start getting too cold, I might bring them inside until it gets less chilly. In the next few days, I plan to take a few leaves from my drosera capillaris and vft to start propagating more plants.

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    Just make sure to check on them regularly for any signs of fungus, especially the ones that are unpotted and in the fridge. I've found that the unpotted plants have the greatest tendency to have mold problems durring dormancy (compared to potted plants). I would recomend even spraying them all with a sulfur fungicide as a preventative measure. Sounds like you're doing all the right things though
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