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    Larger pots will take longer to heat (and cool) off - providing a more stable temperature of the medium.

    Terracotta pots having thicker walls will take longer to heat/cool. The material is also porous and can provide some evaporative cooling given the right conditions.

    Live Sphagnum can also provide some form of evaporative cooling from transpiration of water.

    Darlingtonia californica grows very long stolons or runners (many feet long). Larger pots allow more room for stolon growth. Whether or not crowding of the roots and stolons effects the growth I don't know. In my experience Darlingtonia seem to grow better in over-sized pots or larger containers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post

    Darlingtonia californica grows very long stolons or runners (many feet long). Larger pots allow more room for stolon growth. Whether or not crowding of the roots and stolons effects the growth I don't know. In my experience Darlingtonia seem to grow better in over-sized pots or larger containers.
    I would agree about the choice of larger pots. I divided and replanted some plants in early Summer; and the stolons and rhizomes had "orbited" even the largest of my terra cotta pots a couple of times and were creeping out of the drainage slots . . .
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    I've never found the large pots to be a necessity but each to his own. For single adult plants I'll use a half tray, undrained
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredg View Post
    For single adult plants I'll use a half tray, undrained
    Which gives the stolons plenty of room to spread out laterally which is what they do naturally.
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    Oh I see now, your large pots are not really large at all
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    I heard an interesting theory, that the plants will actually grow better if you let them fill up their pot and get a bit crowded before transplanting into a larger pot. I haven't had mine long enough to test it.

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    I have little experience too

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