|ok for the D.cali you want to take it out put it in long fiber sphagnum , it needs a nice sized pot for undergrownd stolon thingys to grow aka (runners).|
let it get nice and wet and put it outside no matter what the conditions but it realy does like it cold they are mountain plants afterall.
for the fly trap repot it but use canadian sphagnum peat and mix it with half pearlite , make sure on the bags of these things,
"in ingredents" it does not have anything added (fertalizers and weting agents ) <-- those can be bad for any plants that are cp's
sundews some people recomend sand but i use the peat/pearlite mix . works good for me . and if you do use sand be carefull of what is out there , you want to get (silica sand ) and after that you'll still need to rinse it out to make sure there is no minerals in it .
i let my outside vft's sit in trays of water (2 inches) they also get lots of sun. for the ones inside i let them become just wet but not sit in any water at all .
they don't need *no dome or added humidity unless your in arizona .
sundews might need the dome thingy for humidaty .
D.cali needs to be outside *dureing summer you should take it and set it in some shade . remember it will take a while for it to get aclimated, it wont die from being outside , it needs cold nights and hot days in the shade.[/QUOTE]
not pure long fibered sphagnum, there needs to be some peat and sand, and some perlite in the soil mix also. the pot does not need to be big, 6 inches should be fine for now.
water it with cool distilled water (preferably refridgerated). don't put it outside no matter what the conditions are. if there is a storm or if there is strong winds, take the plant inside! darlingtonia can be grown inside too. they don't need ot be "cold". "cool" is good enough.
for the flytrap, a 1/1/1 mix of peat/sand/ and perlite is best.
you can use any kind of sand for your drosera (sundews), except BEACH SAND or RIVER SAND. Beach sand has much too much salt in it for carnivorous plants. whatever sand you use, make sure you wash it out well. silica sand is best.
you don't need anything for humidity, as long as the humidity is over 60%, if it is under 60%, you might want to do something about it.
the cobra lily does not need to be outside in the summer. Do NOT let them be outside in very hot weather.(over 85ºF) if they are in temps of over 80 degrees, put some ice cubes on the soil.
|Quote (Anti Em @ April 19 2003,8:52)|
|And THAT is the question. *Do I dare? *Do I dare separate these unlikely plants which someone has grouped together?[/QUOTE]|
Yes, lol, there is no problem with separating them.
Wow, this forum is prompt!
Spectabilis, I have the correct growing media, considering that I also grow various orchids. Humidity, air flow, coolness/warmness not a problem... Even though at first, I didn't think I had.
I assume then, that in the "transplanting" or if one dares, the "ripping apart" (very carefully, mind us) as you mention, no added stress to the plant. The basic transplanting "rule".
From there, I believe I'm fairly good for even a "newbie" as far as keeping these various plants to thriving. Thanks to this forum and its archives, no doubt.
Yet, here's another query: Via this forum, the plethora of links members have provided, et al., from what I have read (perhaps I should now take this up in the VFT board) VFT's don't like to be triffled with, yes?
Shall I just attempt to give it a try? Honestly, I care to save all the plants. The D. Californicas hold my heart, however. Inexplainable. They are awesome and breathtaking, despite their depleted capacity.
Oh, I'm not certain what I'm asking here. Just do I still dare to rip these plants apart. I DO know that most of them will die, regardless.
Yikes! I loathe this prediciment. I'm into succulents, or orchids, ferns and other various tropicals.
To have CP's thrust upon me is wonderful gift and yet, perplexing. At lest in this scenerio.
I care to research BEFORE I have plant(s) in my posession.
Goodness, I just feel (for the first time in my flora tenure) unsure and unstable about ripping these plants apart.
they will be fine, as long as you do it quickly! I transplant them all the time. I often also cut the "bulbs" of the sarracenia and divide them, or what you call, "ripping them apart". [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Good luck, and welcome to the forums!
P.S.-- I have never had a carnivorous plant of mine die from splitting or transplanting them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks much, Spectabilis!
I shall forge ahead.
And if they die - it's on your head. lol! I'm truly kidding, of course.
Thanks to everyone for helping out a newbie on this forum. You cats are the best!
I'll keep you posted to my transplanting...
Hello "Auntie Em"
* * * * First off I enjoy your sense of humor! Now for Darlingtonia californica, you have to remember to have cool roots! As spectibilis pointed out, you can add ice cubes (distilled/pure) on the soil. You can also use a very light colored pot, I use white for mine. Use a 1:1:1 ratio of perlite/sand/peat. You can also use long fibered sphagnum moss too. They enjoy cool overhead watering, refridgerate your water (distilled or reverse osmosis, purified) if you live in a warm climate. Do not exceed temps. over 85*F! You basically "cook" your plants. During the winter you should have a 5 month dormancy period. You place them in colder a colder enviroment (a garage, basement) with a reduced photoperiod. It should have temps. of around 40*-50*F, and a 12 hour photoperiod of artificial light, or 5 hours of direct sunlight. In the summer/spring 16 hours of artificial light, and 7-8 hours of direct sunlight. If you want to feed your Cobra Lily, simply stick a bug into the opening of the pitcher were the bug will slowly crawl, or tumble to the bottom, were it dies a gruesome death [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] , if you have any more questions, about cobra lily's, e-mail me at * NepenthesVillosa@aol.com * hope it helps,
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Kevin
Grosse Pointe, MI
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