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    Bad news (for me)

    Went out of town for 3 weeks and got someone to look after my plants. After coming back, about 20% of my collection is dead, and the rest is SO FRIGGIN DESSICATED that I am forced to repot every single plant I have. I'm talking total dryout, to where the peat is like sand again and can't get wet without being stirred.

    confirmed casualties: gracilis black x mirabilis winged, gracilis black, a mystery seedling, some of my weaker seedlings...which would've happened anyway
    about a 10% chance of making it: viking (really mad about this), effulgent koto, emotional koto, a few others
    slightly effected: eymae x stenophylla x lowii, "tomoriana" clone 2, insignis seedlings, my "mutant" splendiana x rokko seedling that is growing like gangbusters, bical (surprise!), thorelii giant tiger
    not at all effected: truncatas, sanguinea orange

    UGH! I'm prettttttttttttttttttttty mad.

    In other news, I got my enclosure more or less finished. Pics tomorrow once I get the shelf fit in and the rest of the stuff in place. I'm going to have to photoshop out the plants though, because they all look like complete crapola (unfortunately, I'm not exaggerating)

    The good thing is though, my more rare/expensiveish stuff is ok and will def pull through. Dyeriana, boschiana, northiana, and clipeata
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    Sorry to hear this PK, didnt this happen to you before when you left to go to germany?

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    Yeah it did, but the opposite. When I was in Germany said individual overwatered. This time, I think in 3 weeks they probably watered once lol. Except I'm not lol-ing...
    Z polski y dumny
    Prayer - how to do nothing and still think you're helping.
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    Sorry to hear that. I have a really hard time trusting people to take care of my stuff when I leave. I guess this just re enforces my thoughts as to why. It is hard to find someone that you can really trust to take care of your plants while you are away. Really sorry to hear. I hope more pulls through for you than you think!
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    It always sucks to hear about Nep losses . Esp. a Globosa... man that hurts. I hope your other plants bounce back quickly. Hopefully since they're lowlanders they will?
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    THat really sucks man! Did the person give you any reason for doing that? I mean comeon.... its like once they agree that they will watch the plants.....after making a commitment...Why back out on it? well! Look ahead dude....your new enclousure is done and it will be filled up in no time.

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    This probably wouldnt be practical for phission, since he has a ton of plants!
    but if you have a relatively small collection, you can try this trick for vacation.

    Bag up your plants..seal them up in clear plastic bags..
    this way, all the water in the pot stays in a "closed system" and it cant evaporate out into the air, because the air inside the bag stays saturated..
    the pots cant totally dry out..

    I have done this with Bonsai and CPs for a 2-week vacation..it worked!
    you have to move the plants so they get less light, because too much direct sunlight will cause the plants inside the bags to overheat..I brought my bonsai and CPs indoors and sat them in the middle of the kitchen floor, in their plastic bags..they got some light from a window, but it wasnt too intense.

    yes, its not ideal for the plants..the lowered light might make them unhappy..
    but less light for a week or two + not drying out is much better than than the alternative..
    which is bone-dry and totally dead plants when you get home..

    just something to consider..

    Scot

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    I to have had this same problem. Unfortunately it is hard to find someone with enough cultivating experience to watch your plants for a week or two. Most of the time you can only find a teenager to do it and they have more important things on thier minds. That is why I have not gone on any long vacations ( more than 2 days) for the last 2 years. I am rebuilding my collection from almost total loss from Hurricane Ivan. I don't want to lose any of these new plants.

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