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    Alrighty,
    I'm quite the newbie with genlisea. I had a small patch sent to me a year ago, and it didn't last long as a bit of hot weather did it in in one day.

    This time, copper was kind enough to send me a small patch of g. lobata and a tiny bit of g.violacea. Both arrived in good condition the other day. This time, I put them in 60/40 peat/ sand, and stood the container in a small amount of RO water. Same as my utrics and drosera. 24 hours later, all but one tiny leaf has rotted. The plants are in an eastern facing window. Today was cloudy, so they got about 3 hours of very filtered light. Temps 75 degrees, 70% humidity. Have I done something wrong? Any chance there is TOO much water? And is there any chance they'll regrow from roots, like utrics seem to?

    Thanks in advance,
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    Awwww! I hate it when the come and go in an eyeblink. I suggest you try to bring the "roots" to the surface since the traps can be used to start new plants.
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    try growing in shredded Sphagnum, they love it!
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    I have been having great success using very shallow trays vs deeper (4 inch) pots. The trays are undrained, and I flood them until the rosettes are submerged. Within 2 days the surface is moist only. The trays are only an inch deep, and I think this assists the growth, as the traps are forced back up to the surface and then become new rosettes. The mix is a bed of milled LFS with some peat and sand, and there are various carpet mosses mixed in with the sphagnum at the surface. It is mounded and sculpted vs being totally flat, making gullies and hills.

    Since transplanting some of the feeble little rosettes I have been growing (pencil eraser sized) the rosettes have grown to half dollar sized in half a year and are flowering with vigor. I also wonder if there isn't some sort of mycorhizal exchange happening in the tray since everything seems to thrive and grow more rapidly here than anywhere else in my collection. I think this method may have merit, and hope others will experiment along these lines.

    Some of my conditions: surface about 3 inches from the (2) 4 foot 40 watt flourescents (one Growlux one cool white). Water every 3 days to a week, pure water only. Daylength 14 hrs. Humidity 40% and above. Temps. ambient room, cooler in winter with at least a 5-10 degree nightime drop.

    Hope this helps. I have just taken leaf cuttings for you Michelle, of a couple of species. If they prosper I'll replace your lost plants.
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    wickedthistle,
    I've been using superthrive on new plants that I recieve to help with shock. Seems to help.


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    My genlisea did the same thing, until I put it in my lowland tank with nepenthes. Now they recovered some, but not all the way.

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    Wickedthistle I grown mine in low pots in a water tray. I keep water in the try, but will let it get as low as a half inch. I grow them with my utics and they are doing very well. Do not worry, if they do not make it I will send more (if the mail plays nice)

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    Thanks all for the advice! Just 12 hours later, my one surviving leaf is already starting to wilt. I think the roots might be going first. The g.violacea was mostly on shredded lfs, with the mix below that. But no luck there either. For the g.lobata, I was able to dig up two wilty-looking roots. I'll add some diluted superthrive to the mix and put it in my tank. The container is only 2" deep.

    And thanks for the offers of more plants. I might have to pull in that favor in the next few days

    As for the mail, California has really cracked down in general. Larry sent me some sunflower seeds in a padded envelope, and all I got was grease spots. And, I send two packages of three drosophyllum seeds to two different people, 2 months apart. The first pack made it fine. The next pack (apparently after they cracked down) was ground in to powder like black pepper. And if you've ever seen those seeds, you'd know they're very tough! Bah!
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