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    Quote (0zzy @ May 26 2003,02:16)
    I read in Don Schnell's book Carnivorous plants ot the United States and Canada, aeration may be more important than temperature.
    Heat to the roots will kill this plant but it can tolerate higher temps if there is running water, But it will produce smaller and fewers pitchers.
    I like your idea, I'm sure it will work.
    I'm trying to find a cheap and low maintance way to grow them. Your idea is really nice because you won't have to water them evey day like I'm going to have to do with mine.[/QUOTE]
    Here is an easy and cheapish setup.

    I am aerating a pot with a darling using an aquarium pump. the pot is glazed and quite thick-walled. Since it is undrained, I water infrequently--maybe once every two weeks.

    The pot is topped with dry perlite--about an inch. This has proven more than enough insulation against the direct sunlight that hits the top of the pot. The heat just does not penetrate all that trapped air.

    It is working very well, I suppose, in that the plant seems to be doing fine.

    I think Schnell's theory about aeration is OK--my setup is based on it--but Schnell's frequent cold watering and attendant sudden temperature change is going to shock the plant. Mechanical aeration is better than drenching, to my mind, because the temp stays constant.

    I know for a fact that ice will kill the darling if it gets too close.

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    Quote (0zzy @ May 25 2003,9:08)
    A few weeks ago I came up with an idea that I think will keep the roots cool on Darlingtonias in almost any weather. I bought a cheap $3 stryofoam cooler. It's aprx. 2 ft long x 1 foot wide and 2 ft deep. I punched small drain holes in the bottom. Filled it up with soil and planted the darlingtonia in it. Then I dug a hole big enough for the whole cooler to fit in. I dug it a little deeper so that it will have a small area that the water can drain from the cooler. I filled up the the small area with perlite, Then I set the cooler down in the hole. Our soil here is mostly clay, so I filled in around the cooler with the clay. I then took the cooler top, punched a hole big enough for the plant, then placed it upside down over the plant. Then I put soil over the top. So the plant is totally encased in this cooler except for where the traps grow out. I think this will even keep the roots warm in the winter.
    I placed this in an area that get morning sun and bright shade the rest of the day.

    I've had this idea for a while but I didn't plan on trying it for a while. But thanks to Nickhubbel for giving me the darlingtonia yesterday, I'm going to try it and see if it works.

    Has anybody ever tried this or does anybody see any potential problems?

    I'll keep everyone up to date on this.[/QUOTE]
    Ozzy--what are you going to do about runners?

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    Runners?

    I really haven't thought much about that. I've just planted it, and it's in a big cooler so it has plenty of room to grow. I can check pretty often for runners, all I have to do is to pick up the lid of the cooler and if I find any I can modify the top of the cooler to let the runner grow.

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    Quote (0zzy @ May 26 2003,12:43)
    Techno, remeber what I told you about the squirrel war. Looks like we're starting a bird war.[/QUOTE]
    I don't want to start a war with anybody. All I'm saying is this: Would you shoot... say... kids with a bb gun when they tresspass in your yard?
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    Personally I wouldn't shoot a bird, I think I would build something to keep the birds out.
    Please don't ask me the same about the kids. After what I had to go through last summer, I don't think I would make the "correct" decision.

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    Personally I wouldn't shoot a bird, I think I would build something to keep the birds out.[/QUOTE]
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    So does this mean that I have your support in shooting the kids? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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    The system and the ex. looks like a hot tube system.lol. I think that is a great I idea. I am going to try o put the pot into a big water tray and into a portable cooler of ice. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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