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Thread: Drosphyllum, this time intentional

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    This is the seedling I killed in 2006:


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    Not as clear as I'd like it, but the plants sure is growing fast!


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    Looks like you have a much looser airy mix this time. I would say the previous one was probably kept too wet and 'boggy'

    Guess you can't get much closer with the light than you have! A straight 40w tube or two isn't going to cut it long term though. These guys grow in full blazing sun. Do you have a spot where you can put a 34w cfl in a reflector lamp right on top of it? Or a South window that gets full sun? You might be better off than the 2tube shoplight.
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    About the best I can do is put it on the 4-tier grow rack, which is about a foot away from the sliding glass windows, southern exposure, under an aquarium fluorescent light. I'm not sure if that will be much of an improvement. I could put it outside in a few months, if that helps (same latitude as you). Can I feed it with pulverized freezed dried bloodworms yet, or is it too soon?

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    Mine will be going outside as soon as the air temps reach the mid 40s. Back in at night if it will be dropping under 40. The sooner I can get it back out on the picnic table in the sun the better. My table is blocked from morning sun but otherwise it is full sun from about 1030am until sunset. If you have a spot outside then I would say most deffinately! They love the sun and it will be loaded with insects in no time. I have not tried to feed mine much this Winter. It has caught a few flies, fruit flies etc on it's own. I did put a few dried bloodworms on a leaf a couple weeks ago but they didn't appear to do much. I would let the plant get a couple more leaves yet before you try feeding it.

    What are your plans for a pot? The cup it is in looks a little small? Mine is in a 7" x 7" ceramic pot which looks nice but is probably a little small. I will take a few pics later today.
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    The drinking cup that it is in, 5 or 6 inches tall, nested in a large soda fountain cup. It takes literally 2 seconds from the time I add water before it comes out the bottom. It's like a sieve. It can take that cold? I think we get pretty much the same weather, right? Which town are you from? I'm in East Aurora.

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    glad you got one of the seeds to germinate.

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    Here is the pic. The CFL bulb was longer than the reflector so I put the foil on to help direct as much light down into the plant as possible. The leaves will go up inside the foil and reach the tip of the bulb. It is bright in there but the glands on the plant are still very pale compared to when it was outside in the sun. My main concern though was 1. keeping it alive and 2. keeping it compact. It hasn't shown any signs of etiolation at all which is what I was looking for. When the light is on the plant still exudes a faint honey smell so I take that as a good sign. It is amazing how good these plants are at attracting bugs!

    Most deffinately can they handle the chill. Ideally days should be nice and toasty warm with cool nights. As long as you don't keep them sopping wet when it's cold they will be fine. In the Fall I only bring it inside at night when it looks like we will get a frost. Then it goes right back outside during the day until it is just too cold outside even with the sun up.

    I haven't done any fancy potting.. just a mix of sand, perlite, a touch of peat and vermiculite. When it's outside I will have to water it in the morning most days and usually by afternoon the water has gone from the pan underneath. I water it from above giving it a good flood. When we have a few days of dreary weather and rain I will go out and dump the pan so it's not sitting in water constantly. During the Winter indoors it's been getting a good soak about twice a week although I have not been soaking it to the point of water in the pan. Mainly just a good soak then let it get almost dry inbetween. Some information I have talks about kind of going into a dormancy in the Winter.. I have not noticed that. Perhaps because the light is on for about 16hours and/or the temperature indoors with the light on is in the mid 70's. So it's been growing just as fast all Winter as it has during the Summer. The leaves are slowly getting paler green which I attribute to the reduced food. I can't imagine the few flies and other things it has caught this Winter indoors are sufficient to sustain it long term with the rate of growth it is capable of. I really get the feeling this plant is anxious to go back outside and just go to town! Have you read the information Kamil posted over at Bestcp? Lots of great photos and information on a trip they took to see these plants in the wild.
    For anyone that hasn't read it and interested in Drosophyllum... it is a must read in my book
    Bestcp Drosophyllum notes

    Anyway.. here is the photo
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