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    Maybe if you just worship it.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
    \"People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution; they don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible,\" Jamie Raskin, to Senator Nancy Jacobs.

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    I've got mine in 100% LFS. It is potted in a black aquatic plant basket from Home Depot and has a plastic place mat shield around it so that my dogs don't try to use it as a dietary supplement again. It is on the floor in front of an eastern facing atrium door sitting in a small cat litter pan of water. I drop 4-5 ice cubes in the water every morning before I go to work, some days I forget. House temps are 70F during the day and 67F at night. I don't normally move my plants but this one gets moved numerous times a day when we slide it over to get in and out that door to the backyard. We've repotted it three times now. Once from being plucked out of its pot by a dog that tried to take off with the whole plant and twice now from tripping over it and it is still hanging in just fine. I plan on moving it outside onto the patio in about a month. I am in zone 5. Northeastern Illinois over by Lk Michigan and up by the Wisconsin border. I'll probably move it back inside where it is cooler for the months of August and early September... if it survives the abuses in this household.

    April, maybe if you had taken your own advice and worshipped yours it wouldn't have gone to CP heaven last week. Or... you could have babied it like we did. That's it, you should have babied your Darlingtonia like we do!

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    Well, here's what I did.

    Every morning...I gave it THE finest rainwater ice-cubes that the rain that falls around my house could manage. I spoke to it in dulcet, encouraging tones. I gave it a bigger home in which to spread out it's roots, using the same medium, LFS. I genuflected in it's general direction. I asked it to make believe it was in Oregon, and gave it still more rainwater ice-cubes. It was not grateful, nor appreciative of my efforts, nor hardy, nor native.

    Or maybe it was just too messed up from being at Lowe's in a little plexiglass cube.

    Buh bye little mustachioed plant! Sorry to see you go! April
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    ROTFLMBO!

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    For some reason, April's last response reminds me of John Cleese in Holy Grail, mocking the French. At least I think it was John Cleese and the French and something a bout catapulting... I'ts been awhile.

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    Jim, I see you found my super duper top secret tips to successfully growing Darlingtonia. Don't mind April... she's just jealous that mine is still alive because I gave it all that extra TLC. I mean I was really really really careful when I took off after Audrey to retrieve my plant when she snatched it out of its pot right in front of me and proceeded to take off into the family room with it. April has a saying about Audrey (Great Dane that you have a photo of)... she's a year or so away from being a good dog. Umm, maybe 2-3.

    A note to andrewsx- should your Darlingtonia not make it, I will gladly send you mine, my pleasure. I feel really bad for you and all joking aside, I normally nurture my plants. This Darlingtonia just had the misfortune of needing an eastern exposure and I was flat out of space for it so I did the best I could with what was left of window space. Poor thing ended up right in the line of fire as there was no where else to go with it. It was a gift from April to me, she actually bought one for herself and one for me from a Lowes when she was down south visiting her parents. I'm serious, if your Cobra Lily goes to CP heaven and you want my bomb proof Cobra Lily, just let me know and hopefully soon before it gets eaten or something.

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    I settled for bowing 3 times to the east every time I set eyes on it. I did not taunt it, nor did I smile at it, or demean it. I treated it like a happy-fun-ball. I bought it a gameboy, a plasma tv, gave it purebred fruit flies, rain-water ice cubes and the dang thing still croaked. You want to know what I do for my other rara avis? April
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    oh oh oh! Laughing so hard I hurt. Please make the pain stop or I'll have pop out my nose or something. Can I be a plant in your house, please pretty please with sugar on top? Nobody bows to me around here and that would be really nice. Will you bow down to me some time just for yucks so I know what it's like? I have wanted a plasma tv for a while now but am too cheap to buy one. If I hop in that pot that your Darlingtonia recently vacated will I be treated like a happy fun ball?

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