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    I just finalized a trade for some plants, and one of the plants I am getting is a D. falconeri with new leaf growth, and its about nickle sized from what I am told. Will it grow well in a tray like my capensis and capilaris? I am also having good luck with intermedia, tokaensis, and one other I can't remember right off hand. I grow all those in straight peat. Will the D. falconeri grow just as well in straight peat? Thanks for any advice.
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    In my experience with petiolaris and from what I have read they like a looser media. I use a sort of strange mix of 2/1/1 sand/LFS/pine bark mulch. They like things warmer too and I have mine in a tank with a reptile heat pad stuck to the back. The water level is only about 1-2 cm deep and I let it drop to empty before refilling. D. falconeri tends to be a bit more forgiving than the other petiolaris and I have heard that in habitat it gets flooded so you can probably keep it a little wetter but I have never tried.
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    Cool col thanks for the info! I will have to try that. My GH gets warm so thats not a problem. I will try that media sine i Have a little sand left from the adelea progect, and I have LFS. Do you think cypris mulch would be ok instead of the pine bark?
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    Honestly the pine bark mulch can probably be done without or replaced with peat. I bought the mulch on a whim for another project and then ended up trying some for use with my Neps. Since then I have used it for just about everything with good results but I might just be lucky or tempting fate.
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    Even if you have this in a greenhouse, i would recommend that it go into a covered container at first. This group sometimes needs very high humidity, especially if that is how its grown now. Abrupt changes can spell death!
    I use a pretty standard cp mix of 2:2:1 sand, peat, perlite for my petiolaris group.
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    Just curious will this sundew grow well in a lowland terrarium with day temps in the 90's and night temps in the 70's with constant 80%+ humidity?

    And if it likes a looser media will strait LFS work?
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    kuos to pingman. Petiolaris group likes the loose media, I have my falconeri in peat and sand approx 20% peat 80% silica sand. keep it HOT and humid in growth, and dry and mild in winter.

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    I would say be wary of the combination of very wet and humid at least at first. Warm is good! I try for a loose mix of perlite and LFS with some sand and/or laterite thrown in kept moist, but not sodden - and in high humidity until well rooted after which my plants preferred outdoor conditions 40-70 per cent humidity in glass terraria without covers, and full sun. It worked like a charm in the past. Joseph makes a good point, sudden radical changes are NOT appreciated by the plants, and if you get it growing leave it alone and don't try to improve things too soon.
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