User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 15

Thread: Pygmies

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    1,341
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ok... As I understand it, Pygmy drosera like a sandy, peat based medium... I have never, ever once had luck with a peat based medium. I have a D. ericksonnii in Peat-Sand-Vermiculite mixture, quite rocky... It's alive, but barely hanging on. I tried a P. moranensis in a peat/sand medium, but it never really did much... Now, this may be due to the fact that they're different species, but when I planted my P. ssp.[Pachuca] in Long fibered sphagnum, they took off like weeds. They're large, VERY greasy pings...

    Is it possible to grow Pygmies in LFS? Maybe I'm just being, erm, dumb... But, it really seems that I have no luck with peat, whether the plant be a Utric, a sundew or a ping... I figure I might as well go with the flow of how things work out...

    The reason I ask is because in the spring I think I might wnat to clear out some of my collection and start collecting pygmies...

    Thanks,
    Greg

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    BC, Canada (z8)
    Posts
    493
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I grow my pygmies in a plain old peat-sand mix, in plain old 3inch pots. I even have some growing in pure peat without complaining. When the tray dries out I give them about 1cm. Sometimes its a few days before I notice.

    I have tremendous success growing them on a south facing windowsill. This could be attributed to any of a few different things such as the natural photoperiod, or the natural temp cycle (cool nights, warmer days).

    I have tried them in a terarium before and the grow very slowly and often succumb to mold.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    1,341
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks, Tim.

    With my ericksoniae, All it ever was, for monthes was a lump of ready to unfurl leaves... Each time a leaf tried to unfurl, it would die... I put it in my terrarium, and now its notlosing leaves, but its still in... poopy condition...

    The silica sand that I use is very fine... Is this a problem?

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Oswego, New York, U.S.A.
    Posts
    5,290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There is nothing wrong with experimentation, so why not try some as you mention? I have plants frowing in pure LF moss there they self sowed, and they do reasonably well. I believe these plants are real survivors, and will adapt to whatever the medium of choice. I have friends in Australia that have them in 100% sand, and they likewise grow (although not as large or as well).

    The critical factor is not the medium, but rather light intensity. They need strong light, and this is difficult to deliver in a terrarium setting. Plants under flourescents will not grow compactly, if any distance from the tubes. They well survive, certainly, but their growth and color will be weak, producing atypical plants.
    "Grow More, Share More"

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    1,341
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thank you, Tamlin! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    That was the reason I've never been too too fond of Pygmies... I can't give them enough light, I don't want "Kind-of-plants", I want strong ones i can be proud that I'm keeping alive. Hehehe...

    Perhaps I should stick with my plan and go with mexi pings... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Oswego, New York, U.S.A.
    Posts
    5,290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Parasuco,

    Can you grow them outdoors? This is how I grow mine, other than in the frozen months, and they are happiest this way.
    "Grow More, Share More"

  7. #7
    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Alexandria Bay, NY Z-5a
    Posts
    6,341
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Or put them in a gh. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Mine are very happy in it considering very decent RH and light levels. I'd say you have low light conditions. drosera are the light cp's give them the sun! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    1,341
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I keep my temperate dews outside, on my Deck...
    This year, I'm looking to find a more organized way... I had all of my pots with ziplog baggies around the bottom, as to retain water better. I'm thinking something along the lines of LARGE tray to keep all my plants wet... Without some sort of seal, or large quantity to keep the water from evaporating right away, its too costly...

    Um... where was I going with that?

    Oh yea. My outside growing is't exactly 'organized' yet... But if it becomes so, this year, I can try something like that... Hrrm... thinks... I have half-barrel planter. If I set something on that, like a piece of plastic, I can use it as a heavy table, where sun hits most of the day... About five hours...I guess thats not most... But enough for my plants...

    EDIT: Ugh, still sounds jumbled... What I'm saying is that I might have room...

    What do you do in the winter monthes?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. some pygmies
    By klasac in forum Sundews (Drosera), Byblis, Drosophyllum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-21-2010, 09:50 AM
  2. Looking for pygmies
    By Meaven in forum Carnivorous Plant Trading Post
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 07-02-2007, 03:12 PM
  3. pygmies
    By rattler in forum Sundews (Drosera), Byblis, Drosophyllum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-28-2007, 06:31 PM
  4. Looking for: Pygmies
    By glider14 in forum Carnivorous Plant Trading Post
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-16-2006, 05:35 PM
  5. Name these Pygmies!
    By BigCarnivourKid in forum Identify That Plant!
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-19-2006, 04:58 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •