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Thread: Growing terrestrial utrics in clear containers?

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    Here is a picture of my U. livida as grown in a
    Plastic cup (undrained. except for the picture :-) )
    I kept the picture large so you could scan arround and
    look at the details of the plant. from my ovservation,
    the traps went away, and leafs formed. i did put
    paper arround it unless i wanted to look but i guess
    i didn't do it long enough because the traps never
    came back. i ended up planting this in a normal
    pot... for no apparent reason. it has bloomed for
    me in bother conditions.
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    Thanks for the pictures. Those are the cup sizes that I'm thinking of using in the future .

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    I don't see much point in growing Utrics in cups - the curved plastic distorts the view through, so if you just want to look at the bladders now and again, it's easier to knock the plant out of its pot. For a decent look through, you would be better with flat glass sides. Alternatively, you can see them when they grow out of the drainage holes.

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    Giles_KS: I have noticed no distortion when I grew my plant like that. As the plant was right against the cup. Maybe your thinking of a curved fish tank... But that distortion comes in from the fish not being right next to the glass. But yes, now i just knock the plants out of their pots to look at the bladders. :-)
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    Maybe a setup where the traps can grow out into a water tank, similar to the example in Savage Garden. Tipping plants out of pots isn't much use if you want to observe growth, and isn't very impressive to visitors.

    Some species are more tolerant of light on traps - humboldtii and nelumbifolia will produce tons of quite large bladders within easy view from the surface, and, I would assume, sides of a glass/plastic container. A thin plastic cup shouldn't distort the view too much, especially for the small scale of a terrestrial utric.

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    Orchid companies sell clear plastic pots. Those might work nicely. Emesis, I like your idea of the clear pot in a dark one. I may try that. I do want to make a setup like savage garden, but that will have to wait for now. The children (and dogs) are to dangerous [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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