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Thread: New Darlingtonia, should i be concerned about soil temperature? Thanks!

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    Pebes: beautiful set up and plants

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    Quote Originally Posted by pebes View Post


    Here's mine a few months ago. the plants are sending out tons of runners now so i consider it good setup. The plants are potted in a wide, low, unglazed terracotta pot. the medium in the pot is 80% perlite, 20% long fiber sphagnum. the darlingtonia is potted into this and then i "seeded" the rest of the open spaces in the pot with live sphagnum. over the last couple of years the live sphagnum has grown to be about 5 inches deep and the plants love it. the terracotta pot sits in a tray of water. i top water most days in the summer especially if temps are above 90 degrees. once you get a good layer of live sphagnum growing the inside of the pot stays really cool even in hot weather. unglazed terracotta is a good pot material to use because water can wick through the clay and evaporate from the outside of the pot, helping to keep the roots cool.
    I have also had good results with clay pots.

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    fredg
    the white stuff came with the plant. there is a little bit of new growth from that tiny point you see.

    510thebay
    interesting, I'll do the same, thanks!!

    pebes
    I'll go and buy a terra-cotta pot right now!

    Super grateful for everyone who's contributed to this post.
    Here's what it is right now, I"ll def go buy a wide terra-cotta pot. put in more perlite, and lace the top with long-fiber sphagnum. Here's the set up right now
    http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...ps4d924979.jpg

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    These are some of my plants in April.





    In May I was recording root temperatures in excess of 100F (38C), I grow both alpine and coastal forms with root temperatures regularly exceeding 85F (30C) in the summer months

    They are planted in shallow undrained trays ( mainly black ) of live Sphagnum or Sphagnum / perlite depending on the amount of Sphagnum I want to use at the time. I flood the trays and top up regularly, rarely will the water lever drop more than an inch (2.5 cm).
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowlow View Post
    Good luck with those... How's the sibuyanensis fairing? I have a mountain form that is doing quite well in my south facing balcony and daily watering from the top.
    I gave it an oxo container it seems to like it, with 3 hours of direct morning sunlight.
    what do you think?


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    fredg
    oooooooohhhhhh myyyyyy goooooooodddd, you have a meadow of darlingtonias i want to just jump in.

    Thanks for the information on root temperature. I shall stop worrying about it.

    how old r ur plants?
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    Most of what you see were replanted in 2011. I have been growing that clone for 31 years.
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    plant looks good. NICE GH

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