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    Yup, here comes this question again.

    Im in the Central Valley, so keep that in mind when you are suggesting species.....something that can't take high temps and lots of sun(or that needs more than a frost for the winter)....

    Thanks for the suggestions!
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    i believe the purpurea clad is very easy. Zongyi
    What you want to do is illeagle here in Canada.
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    "Central Valley" of where?
    brazil? texas? alaska? pennsylvania? maine? china?
    there are a lot of valleys in the world!
    and they all have a center! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    all Sarracenia can basically take the same conditions..
    with the exception of S. purpurea, which is more cold-tolerant than the others.

    *cant* take high temps and a lot of sun?
    do you mean you *Dont* have high temps and a lot of sun where you are?

    Sarracenia like lots of sun, the more the better!
    and can take heat fairly well, if its only a few weeks..
    what they DO need however is humidity!
    so if you are in a high-sun desert environment, like Phoenix, the dry air will be a concern..

    So what exactly is your climate like?
    describe your seasons in terms of light, higest and lowest temps, precipitation and humidity, and we can go from there!
    Scot

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    LMAO! Hmmm.....talk about bad grammar!



    Okie...lemme get this straight.


    Im in the central valley of California in zone 8. The summer temps here are 90-100 degrees. Their is always a week or two in july when it decides to hit 110 or so. Winter weather is at about 30-40 degrees-we get frosts....not so good for the orange growers around. No snow....except once in about 100 or so years if I remember right.

    The summer sun here is scorching hot in the summer. The enviroment is pretty dry, with only a few rains during spring and fall.
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    ah! ok..central California..
    well your conditions sound basically ok!
    quite ideal actually..
    perhaps a bit warm in the summer, but most CPs should be able to deal ok with that kind of heat, as long as you keep plenty of water in the trays..
    and your winter temps are perfect for a natural dormancy outdoors! (im jealous)
    so overall, I would say you are all set!

    CPs do need a lot of direct sunlight..they do like to bake in the sun's rays..but with your extreme heat, I would look for someplace that gets direct sun in the morning or evening, but is sheltered from the intense mid-day sun..like under a tree..that would help with the heat problem..
    give then shade during the hottest hours of mid-day..then direct sun in the cooler morning or evening hours.

    so other than a few stretches of "too hot"..your conditions sound just fine!

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    Hi Nflytrap

    Welcome to the forums and to the world of CPs. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    You can make a little "micro bog" using a small plastic pond liner (you can get them at Lowes for about 11.99 and up). Add several inches of water into the container and sit your pots in it and you have a semblance of a little pond. The water in the container will help with the humidity. However...with high temps like that, if you don't get a lot of rain, you will need to add water fairly often. It would be fine to let the container dry out every now and then...that way the water in the container will stay fresh and not get stagnant. If my sarra "ponds" get too full of water, I drain it out and refill them. And all you need is several inches of water...doesn't need to be full to the rim.

    Just a thought. Where's there's a will, there's a way.

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    Hello,
    It seems S. Lucophylla likes slightly higher temps than the rest of the genus. They also like alot of light. So I would consider the Luecophylla variety.
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    Hmm..S. leucophylla, looks pretty cool.



    Are there any species that would not work here?

    Thanks!

    The "mini bog" sounds pretty interesting...does that mean distilled water?
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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