Hey ladies and gents,
My name's Robbie and I hail from Chicago. I just purchased some VTFs yesterday on a whim and with some dead time at work, I stumble across these forums.
Unfortunately, I didn't do much research before buying my plants so do have to do some last minute shopping after work tonight. The plants themselves aren't great quality... I saw them during lunch at Wal-Greens. Should I expect these to not last long?
Worse comes to worse, after looking up the info on VTFs, I'm interested enough to replace them from a place of higher quality if these go the way of the dinos.
I've read through a bunch of sites on-line and the stickies at the top of this forum, but was wondering if anyone else had any tips. I plan to keep these guys indoors as I live in the middle of the city with no way to safely keep them outdoors. Should I be concerned with feeding them small live crickets every week from a pet shop, or will the typical apartment have enough things hanging around for them to be fine? Chicago's also had a weird outburst of spiders recently... would those be fine for plant food or does that not sound so palatable to the green?
I plan on getting some distilled water tonight and some dishes/gravel to keep the pots in if Ace Hardware is still open when I pass by it. I have them in the windowsill right now and they'll get about 4 or 5 hours of full sun there and a few hours more of indirect.
Not many people here seem to live in the middle of the city... does anyone know how apartment plants will do and if there's anything in particular I have to pay attention to?
These plants are pretty small right now... about 3 inches across and I'm thinking of not letting them go dormant over the winter. Is this a bad idea?
Any random tips you have will be well appreciated.