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    nope, if its in a fast draining mix, and if you do decide to get rid of that tray down there, gravity will do its job and the water will run straight through, the media will maintain moisture but wont be soaked, and thats what you want...

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    Are you more north or south TX? Huge difference. I'm from Dallas-ish, the mid cities. If you use cool water, you might consider doing so in the evening to avoid shocking the plant during the heat of the day.

    As for the water tray, if your plant dries quickly, keep it. If the soil is always a wet mush (I doubt it in TX), trash the tray. You don't want it to ever completely dry out though.
    Last edited by justjack; 06-03-2010 at 03:58 PM.
    Good growing, Jack
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    i live about 30 min north of dallas in mckinney

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    Yeah? My parents live in Aubrey and I grew up in Plano until high school. The DFW area is nowhere near as humid as Houston lol. Keep the water tray. Keep us posted how it goes.
    Good growing, Jack
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    Thumbs up Update 6/8/10

    Alright here we are on week 2. lots of brave insects have fallen victim to the pitchers this week, and i can tell that its growing! some of the pitchers are turning a slight yellow, i dont know if thats normal? I have a pitcher that just POPPED this morning, and one that pretty close to. I have been making sure to keep it waterd, i have since taken out the tray from the bottom so the water can drain. I am debating wether i should fill the newly popped pitcher with some distilled water, it already has a little fluid in it, but i dont think thats enough for insects to drown in. any thoughts? comments?

    it popped last night


    Slight yellow

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    Looks like it's doing great.
    Good growing, Jack
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    No water. Don't worry about the pitchers, the drier they live in, the less longevity they have. Your plant is doing awesome and the bountiful insects it is catching out there will do wonders for it that none of my plants indoors will get!

    Just make sure to take weekly updates so we can see how it's doing but so far looks like you brought home a winner. Just water it once a day and you'll be ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    you've got a hardy plant that can withstand a wide range of conditions. just remember to cool water the roots once or twice a week, and it should be fine.
    once or twice a week?
    does that *really* do anything for the plant?

    when you pour cool water over the roots, the roots get "cooled" for about 5 minutes..then warm right back to ambient temp.
    lets say you do it twice a week..thats 10 minutes of cooling a week..
    out of 10,880 minutes in a week..
    which means the cold water is cooling the roots for 1/10th of one percent of the time..

    does that really do anything?

    I would categorize that as a "plant cultivation myth"..much like a humidity tray..

    anyone have any data to back it up? (the need/benefit of cool water once or twice a week)
    im curious..

    Scot

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