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    Hi:

    I won another auction at ebay and have the following utrics coming:

    Utricularia dichotoma
    Utricularia reniformis forma courte
    Utricularia pubescens Utricularia livida
    Utricularia monanthos
    Utricularia livida

    I understand that these are all terrestrial utrics. What I don't understand is if they should always have their pots standing in water? They will get a terrarium of their own but will be kept in individual pots. (Those individual pots sure make it easier to take photographs as desired!)
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    you need individual posts cause unless they are blooming they all pretty much look the same. U. reniformis will have different leaves. yes their pots need to stand in water. im having difficulties with U. reniformis but others say its easy. other than reniformis, shallow pots sitting in a tray with water levels fairly close to the surface works great. pure peat works for soil as does peat and sand mixes
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    Go with a lighter mix for reniformis and DO NOT let it sit in water. The last couple years I have done numerous abusive things to small divisions of reniformis just to get an idea of what they do and do not like. One thing I consistently find is that prolonged standing in water is usually going to result in a quick demise. I recommend a mix of equal parts fine grade orchid bark and LFS topped with live sphag works best. Put it in a large pot and top water only often enough to keep the moss from drying out. Here in ATL that amounts to once a week for my main plant which resides in a 9 x 12 bonsai tray sitting in 50% shade on my deck. Obviously conditions will vary for you.
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    sorry i didnt elaborate on the U. reniformis. im hoping my issue is humidity related and my new highland nep setup will do it wonders. i am growing it like Pyro says though.
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    The sit in water rule is also not an absolute. Drought here has led to some forced experiments and most of the terresterials have proven to be quite hardy, continuing to thrive even with the surface nearly bone dry, so there is leeway. I grow most of mine on a wet to dry cycle, flooding the tray and then allowing it to stand for several days without water. These are easy plants to grow. Water U. reniformis as you would a houseplant.
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    huh most of my terrestrials show stress long before the top of the soil even gets close to being dry. they really seem to do their best when the water table is fairly high. like ive always said not everything works for everyone.
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    I wouldn't suggest that you let the pots dry out, just wanted to say there is a bit of leeway there...actually a lot more than I would have thought for many of them. U. lateriflora and U. sandersonii were bone dry at the surface and continued to thrive much to my amazement.
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    possibally a differance in clones or something else. i have seen my U. sandersonii start suffering with low water levels and this is with me using shallow pots. if the water level drops so that only 1/8 of the 2 inch high pot is in the water for a week or more than it starts dieing back. as long as i keep the water atleast 1 inch deep for most of the week my U. sandersonii does great. 1/8 inch of water still keeps the soil nice and damp but this species really seems to do better for me in saturated conditions. the U. aureomaculata clone i have doesnt mind the same drop in water table and it has the same growth pattern as sandersonii. like i said not everything will work for everyone. and the sooner yah realize this and are willing to do a bit of experimenting the better off you will be. heck the way im growing Darlingtonia leaves most shaking their heads. i am also growing a colorful and compact Venus flytap over 12 inches from flourecent lights. it shouldnt be doing well there but it is.

    anyways other than reniformis, in my experiance those Utrics do well in pure peat, a shallow pot and a high water table.
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