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    Grow list...
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    I had 6 plants (small seedlings) and lost 5 My remaining plant is doing great. The leaves are about 2 inches now. It can tolerate dry conditions but doesn't like it too hot. I'll have to see how it does, but so far they grow well in SD. They like the winters...but the summers BTW, my plant is outside. Their leaves are very active when young at least. They fold over even tiny morsels.

    Blokeman's plant is probably slightly bigger than mine. Its good to know about the root cuttings, this plant is probably great trading material. I would probably wait a year or two till mine is closer to mature, however.

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    Mine did the best outside but living near Buffalo, I had to take it inside, where it declined until it died.

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    Looking great, Bloke!
    SDCPs- congrats on getting one to pull through from seed! Sounds like you have the hang of them. If you have a warm summer, that is the trickiest part, unless you have a reasonably cool basement (or air conditioning, which my family avoids as much as possible). Depending on how tall of a pot you're using, the roots will usually come shooting out of the drainage holes- even in a 6+ inch pot, which makes it very easy to take root cuttings!
    These are my favorite pictures, from BobZ of roots shooting out of an 8-inch pot (He informed me, his Regias are top-watered, 80F max in summer, 50F at night in the summer, so temps are never extreme).
    http://users.humboldt.edu/rziemer/zp...igEasy2701.JPG
    http://users.humboldt.edu/rziemer/zp...igEasy2704.JPG

    Jim, what temp do you keep it in your house during the winter? Were you feeding your plant throughout this time? Usually winter is the easiest time to grow them for me, at least, since I can take them out from the basement and grow them with most of my other sundews.
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    It's just on the grow rack, "room temp", low 70's. I think it was more like the change from direct sunlight to Grow Lite illumination. Feeding? Don't remember but I do characteristically sprinkle pulverized freezed dried bloodworms to the sundews and butterworts. Here's are pictures from last year, when we had a humid night and I let the bugs come into the living room, before taking it outside:





    This was how it looked when I had it outside:




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    Wow, your plant certainly looked happy outdoors! That's a beautiful pot.
    How far away did you keep your Regia from the lights inside?
    To get decent coloration, I keep mine (under T-8 or T-12 bulbs) within 2 inches maximum of the lights. Most of the time, they are almost touching the bulbs.
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    I have to go with the grow lites. 2-3".

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    Yeah, I noticed that they like top watering. But they can stand dry conditions. Mine has dried so that the soil pulled slightly away from the sides of the pot...and it didn't look that bad. A little water set that right...the next day all the leaves were dewy and it looked better than I had ever seen it (probably because it's growing rapidly right now). I keep the plant in almost full sun.

    I am growing mine in a 6 inch pot. The media is probably close to 50/50 peat/silica sand. I grow it like I do because it lives naturally in an area (I believe) that gets dry in Africa...and I don't think LFSM grows there. Here is a link on D. regia in the wild Those plants are gorgeous!

    How will I know if its too hot for the plant? Will the plant just die, or will it show some warning?

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