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    Well it's been almost a month since the last plant pics. The smaller plant in the small pot still doesn't look great although it is hanging on and the base is getting broader and the leaves a bit longer and wider. Clearly way behind the other plant though. SO I am still not entirely sure what is up. I gave it another fungicide drench yesterday to see if that makes any impact. Some of the issue I think has been the light. The 26w is not quite strong enough and very warm (yellow color) so not that great for plant growth. The larger plant which was under the 42w because I felt I might have been cooking the small plant with it lost alot of color when the bulb blew and I had to run 2 26w spotlights for a week.

    So here are some pics.. You can see the size difference between the two plants.
    new light with reflector. Nice and bright! I have a second reflector but one bulb was bad so they are sending a replacement. For now they will have to share the one new fixture. I also have one of the 26w on still to suppliment until I can get the second fixture running.
    The new fixture is positioned so that the bottom of the reflector is a few inches above the tallest leaves. That puts the bulb about 5 or 6 inches above the plant. It is a bit warmer than the 42w but doesn't feel overly hot. Will see how it goes. The new bulb is also alot whiter and clearly bluer and not so yellow. I think that will help alot!


    Just a bit closer up showing both plants.


    I haven't done any measurements before so figured I would do that so you can get an idea of the leaf length here. Longest leaf about 6" on the larger plant.


    Just a close up shot of the middle of the larger plant. You can see how the glands are much paler than they used to be. It has been under the new light for all of one day. Will be interesting to see how it looks in a week or two from now.


    Some other observations.. The smaller plant is still losing leaves at about the same rate they are being produced and they don't have the best looking color overall. Although they are getting longer and wider slowly so I still have hopes that it will turn around with the new light and start putting out better growth. I water the large plant about twice a week.. Sometimes I fill the tray to bottom water it and sometimes I give the top a flood and let it drain. The small plant gets water about every other day or so. Usually I just put water in the bottom tray and let it soak up until I see the top getting moist. I decided to flush the pot today though after giving it a fungicide drench the day before. So I ran alot of water through it.. hence alot of the peat came to the surface. They are still on the long day length with 18 hours of light. I am considering cutting that back to 9 and increasing it slowly to see if I can get the larger plant to flower this Summer..

    edit: Just for future reference, the leaves on the small plant measure 4"
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    Great going Tony, that big one is basically a young plant now, isn't it ?
    Could the small one be suffering from lack of root space ? One of my seedlings had 2 inches of root before she sprouted leaves (i think it was searching for sufficient moisture) so I'm thinking each individual's root system is different in size.

    Inspired by your thread, I've fixed a small bulb above 3 of my girls and over a week in, there's a quite obvious increase in their vigour and size. However, I am wondering how things go in nature...Perhaps they are meant to stay small and save energy until spring arrives after which they speedily grow with the changing photoperiod and temps. That is how most wild plants manage as well, it's only natural to assume drosophyllum is the same. Could this approach prove more healthy in the long run ? Cool temps, low light and wetness are all winter elements of mediterrenean climate.

    I am deducing all this from the fact that 2 of my seedlings outside (1 germinated at 5-10c outside) are still alive. They surely are not growing, but they are dewy and erect. It looks to me as if they're waiting. The question is how long they can wait before the temps increase and some sunlight appears.
    We will know in time.
    But for now, I have 12 seedlings and 3 of them are situated under lights just in case.

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    There are the three sisters Far left just germinated a week ago and others are over a month old...Here's to hoping they will grow up together without problems as I won't attempt to seperate them.

    I have older seedlings but they just a little over this size. I am not using lights for them.



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    Your plants are looking great Tony, especially the larger of the two...it's off to the races now!

    Maxima, it's great to see your seedlings!

    Your media looks quite wet and your plants look very dewy and happy.

    I think i kept my media too dry with my seedlings and recently, i even found my largest seedling drooping a couple of it's largest leaves, looking like a couple of fishing poles whose rod tips harbored lunkers on the other end...

    I was a bit concerned when i saw that and quickly watered the plant and it it wasn't long before my plant started to righten up its droopy leaves.

    It's doing great now, and it's reassuring to know that these plants have at least some resilience for drier conditions periodically.

    Best of luck with your plants, and thanks for sharing!

    dvg

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    Hey dvg, thanks much for your well wishes. I really want this plant. If at least 1 doesn't make it out of the 12, I am so throwing myself out of the window!

    I have this idea that cool temps + wet medium will not cause problems but it's early to tell of course, I'm just a droso newbie. Just need some time now...

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    Quick update on my 3 sisters who have welcomed 2 more into the ranks...which I find a little worrying in terms of space. I have 17 seedlings now, must have had a sowing frenzy that day.



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    Here's pics of my "new start"

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    Looking awesome richjam!

    How old is your seedling approximately ? Looking at you guys' plants; yours seem to be taller while mine are getting into a stubby claw shape. I wonder if I'm doing something wrong or if it has something to do with the potting mix...


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