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    Hello Everyone!
    First off, I'd like to thank those of you reading this in advance for your time and help.

    A few years ago, when I was much younger, I was fascinated with carnivorous plants. I had tried to keep them, but always failed, likely making mistakes that I was too young to understand. At any rate, I went out yesterday after spending the past week reading, and picked up a Drosera from the local garden shop. When I picked it up, the plant looked incredibly healthy, and was in a small pot, covered for humidity and "wading" in wet pebbles. I brought the plant home, and placed it outside, out of direct sun, and with a small dish beneath it with some gravel and a quarter inch of water. upon coming home from school, the plant's traps appeared to have dried out slightly, and there are no longer "dew" drops visible on the hairs. I shutter to think that I could have messed up this badly in the first six hours... but that's why I'm here.. I'm determined to raise healthy sundews and vft's! Since last night, I brought the plants inside, placed their pot's/saucers on a towel, then placed a 5 gallon aquarium upside down over them, with the towel to create a moisture lock. I also put a separate Tupperware container with some warm water to create extra humidity in the enclosure, without soaking the plants, and I placed a 15W fluorescent bulb (the bulb that goes with that particular aquarium) on the top.. or bottom of the tank. I have had this on since last night. will this provide a suitable environment until I can establish something better? Am I making any major mistakes? is it possible to grow sundews in a pot outside? Also, I know this would belong in the VFT forum but I also received 3 different VFT plants from my girlfriend for my birthday, all of which came in a rather poor condition. I rinsed them off and repotted them in the pot they came with, and plucked the solid black leaves. Do you think that these plants will be okay? I am convinced that they'll grow, I just want to be sure that I'm caring for them in the right way. Also the VFT's are in the same tank as the sundews right now. I can post a couple of pictures of both plants later today, as I'm at work right now, but any advice or links to helpful articles would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to read through this, and I thank you for your responses!

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    Your dew is most likely D. adelae. they like shade but can take bright light with aclimation.

    take the aquarium and turn it on it's side. that way you have more room for light on top, good air circulation, and more space for plants. i would get more light but D. adelae might do ok under 15 watts, i've never used only 15 watts so i don't know.

    you can grow lots of drosera outside in full sun! all of the temperate species and tropical ones like the D. binata complex, D. regia, Capensis and the south african drosera, etc etc.

    take the vft's and put them in a bright windowsill for now. when they are stronger you can aclimate them to full sun. pure sphagnum peat works well, or 1/1 peat/sand etc. don't put them in the terrarium because it's a breeding ground for fungi and your vft's are already in a weak state.
    and 15 watts is waaaaaaaay to little to grow Dionaea in terraria.

    oh yeah, the drosera lost it's dew because you changed it's environment. totally normal. the dew might not return on the old leaves but it will on the new leaves after it's aclimated.

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    loosing dew after a move is normal. any chance you have a camera? or can you describe what the leaves and growth style of the plant looks like? or do a search for D. capensis, D. spatulata and D. adelae and let us know which it looks like.

    if its capensis or spatulata or about anything but adelae you need good light and wet peat. forget about humidity, it doesnt matter. i as a newbie i lost more plants to much humidity with poor air circulation than i have lost to low humidity in the last 4 years. i have Drosera out on my back step in 100 degree heat and 15% humidity, as long as there is water in their tray they are fine.

    make sure to use peat for the soil and R/O, distilled or rain for water along with as much light as you can give them and most Drosera will be weeds. however if the your plant is adelae, good luck, hopefully this PITA will grow for you, it hates me
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    if it is D. adelae, i suggest using pure Long Fibered Sphagnum. i can't grow it in anything else.

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    Thanks for the input guys! JustLikeAPill: If I am to put the VFT's in the windowsill.. should I be worried about them not having sufficient humidity? I will do as you said with the aquarium, and look into better means of lighting today! I just want to be
    successful with these plants!

    rattler_mt: I will take pictures when I get home from work today. The drosera does not really look like any of these. I suppose if anything it maybe a young D. capensis because it looks similar, but there are more leaves and the sections that are the traps are shorter. Like I said, I'll take pictures once I get home and get them up here. I hope everything works out.. Any other advice.. is certainly helpful! Thanks Guys!

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    on the VFT's, they are out with my drosera in the 100 degree heat and low humidity. other than Nepenthes, Heliamphora, certain Utrics and a handful of Drosera, humidity is not an issue. most of my plants have been grown in open trays. not sure what the localized humidity is but the abiant humidity in the room is often around 20%.

    get us some pics and we can fine tune our recommendations on care but chances are if it doesnt look like adelae what i said above should work fine
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    i suggest getting 2 20 gallon tanks side by side and a 4 foot shoplight with 3 tubes. i have a 440 watt VHO setup ( regular shoplight is only 160 watts) if your interested . pm me.

    compact fluorescents work great too!

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    In general, drosera and vfts like a ton of light. But don't move the drosera back outside until you have an ID on it.

    The venus flytraps you should grow outside. I've never been able to do them in a terrarium, though many people can. Humidity isn't that big of an issue with it.

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