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Thread: D. binata: many potential problems!

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    Thats about what it looks like now. The more mature plant that's about .25" closer to the lighting is 10x redder than the one next to it.
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    well, in that case, it should recover just fine based on what everyone else said, since light doesn't seem to be a problem.

    btw, you should try a 120 watt CFL (if possible) once one of your bulbs dies in a year or 2 and see if you notice a coloration difference.

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    I definitely would like an upgrade my only concern is temp since even with just the two CFLs I have right now it sits at about 80F during the day when the ambient temp is only 60ish. If I had the money I would switch to a T5 in a heartbeat, which is what I have running over my pings and pygmies in the 15g.
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    Well, since everyone is offering cultivation suggestions (good ones too) I thought I would add some of my own observations. You mentioned the problem with heat build up in your terrarium - it's been my experience that virtually all Drosera don't need to be in a terrarium. I grew mine on racks with much light, and they did fine if the humidity was above 50 per cent. I suppose it's all about how much expense your willing to take on to grow them. I used shop light tubes over my own collection, replacing the tubes every 9 months. Light is the single most important factor (although not the only one) in successfully growing this genus. An added benefit of shelf growing is easy access and visibility. Also note that any layer of plastic or glass drastically reduces the available spectrum these jewels need to really shine! Even a layer of plastic wrap will cut that spectrum. All my plants went outdoors as soon as the weather permitted, nothing is better than real sunlight. I've grown sundews from seed to flowering in a single season this way. Plus, with a rack you have room to expand. Just something to think about if you're growing Drosera in terraria. They are far less fragile than they look!
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    I truly wish I had the room and materials for a grow rack. At the moment the aquariums were the best I had since they were not in use. I certainly want to try a few of my plants outside next growing season.

    Thanks everyone for all the help!
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    What a difference fresh media and an 1.5-2" difference in light makes! All this growth is from the last week and a half
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    Now that's what I'm talking about! New growth is looking fantastic!
    nice job.
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