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    i lost a couple of plants on shipping and the company has been nice enough to replace them.

    i asked for different plants of equal value and they are sending me, as a replacement for a d. capensis 'red', a d filiformis 'red'...

    can anyone tell me about it?

    id like to see pics if anyone has any..or links to good info on caring for them.

    what kind of terrarium setting does it need?

    as always, thanks for the help

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    Wow, I've never heard of a filiformis 'red'. Is the whole leaf red? :o
    I'd love to see a pic of it.

    larry

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    Chris,
    I have Capensis 'red'. It is as easy to grow as the normal capensis but it requires a lot more light to turn fully red. Place the plant in a greenhouse or a south facing windowsill and stand in a tray of rainwater or destilled water. I dont think these plants would be too ideal for a terrarium if you wanted them to colour up fully. You would probably need more light than you could provide them with. Ive heard of the red D. Filiformis but i have never seen it. Sounds rather interesting!

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    I think what you are getting is D. Filiformis x 'California Sunset'. A hybrid with red glands, so it can be all red I assume given enough light. It is a clump forming ssp. like Tracyi, and is larger like the ssp. florida giant. It's a cultivar and a beautiful plant, you are lucky to be getting one. If you get any seed from it I recomend destroying it because if it reaches the open market it can through the classification and purity of this ssp. way out of wack. Make sure you have ample room for this plant, it will try to get upwards of 2 feet tall eventually.

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    Hi,

    There is a variety of d. filiformis that is all red. It comes from a small area in Green Head, Washington Co. Fl.. I am guessing you are getting your plants from CC? I would guess you would treat it like any other filiformis but as I only have seeds thereof and not any plants yet I wouldn't be able to tell you [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Good luck,

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    are you sure its an all red variety??? I was under the impression that the advertised all red's were just California Sunset that got ALOT of sun for a long time. If it's a true all red, thats really cool. I didn't know they existed.

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    all i know is she emailed me back saying she was going to send out a filiformis 'red'.

    either she meant capensis red or its the cali sunset species.

    im hoping its the later cuz i already have some capenisis but no filiformis.

    so lets say it is a filiformis x cali sunset...or any kind of filiformis...

    can you tell me about them?

    how big do they get compared to a capensis?

    do i care for it the same way?

    and yeah noah, its from CC.

    thet also mentioned they might be making a video version of the savage garden sometime soon...

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    Hi Chris,

    D. filiformis (or at least the variety you are likely getting) gets tall thin leaves that go straight up about a foot high or so. D. filiformis is a temperate so it needs dormancy. A normal soil mix (50/50 peat/perlite) should work fine. Keep the soil moist throughout the year. Hope this helps.

    Noah

    P.S. A video version of the savage garden? Cool.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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