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    Hi guys,

    As you can see in the pics on my sig...I have this little setup with 4 VFT's. I am getting a couple more soon right off tissue culture. Now Keehns has told me that tissue culture plants are very strong and show amazing recovery right off tissue culture when planted. I am noticing this as ...its been 2 weeks and all my new plants have adjusted well and show growth...There were few (2) per plant trap and leaf losses but it was not too bad.

    Now the traps on those plants are fine...BUT...notice this:::

    EXHIBIT 1




    The first is the trap of my DENTATE. It was the one from walmart. I guess I can SAY that it is healthy becos there are many more small shoots coming from the base. (2 to be precise). Now this specific one (the small one to the right)...has been like this for atleast 2 weeks..with little to almost none progress.

    EXHIBIT 2


    However, exhibit 2 is the BRAND NEW trap from my new 2 weeks ago recieved tissue cultured B-52. As you can see...in these two weeks that was fast growth. That seems normal as the leaf is aptly sized...and the trap is BECOMING the right size.

    Just to report the growing conditions....My plants grow in 70% peat+ 30% perlite...kinda not uniform....the lighting involves INDIRECT....DIM light.... well......light from a north or south facing window.(not sure)...NO DIRECT SUN. Yet....I use this OTT-LITE lamp for atleast 18 hrs in a day.



    http://www.ott-lite.com/productdetail.asp?product_id=42

    Now....some of the traps have to be more apt....a minor redness in them..... not entirely as it is SUPPOSED TO bE for a B52.



    But I guess....as long as the plants grow atleast slowly but kinda healthy till next april...that should be fine till I go back to home from uni. There really isn'tmuch more I can do for light....I am a uni student....last yr I had a east facing window....but Alas! This yr ...I wasn't fortunate enough.

    So my question would be.....how long does it take for a regular VFT to make a new leaf entirely? The tissue culture ones seem pretty fast. All of them are in this same stage now....the leaves are ready to get their teeth and semi opening in the process. How long does it take to reach full size and growth for the leaf??


    -------excuse my crappy 0.3 MP cell phone camera----------

    regards,

    vraev

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    13 watts is not enough to grow a Dionaea well, much less anything else. Your plants look etoliated. Also, this time of year the plants should be getting ready for dormancy, 18 hours is too much.

    In optimal conditions, about a week.

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    What is an easy type of minimal light required (table sized lamp) that I need to get my VFT's to grow NORMALLY and happily?

    thanx

    vraev

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    Oh i dunno. I grow mine on a lake at our cabin in full sun
    They are very light hungry.

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    How about this one? I am planning one or 2. But I wont mind someting smaller? any suggestions??

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortm....ch=true



    Lights your plants fast and easy
    No special wiring required - just plug in to use
    Does not need a fixture
    Frosted lens
    Rotary switch
    Uses one fluorescent tube with a maximum wattage of 33
    2"h x 2"d x 25"l (5.1 x 5.1 x 63.5 cm)

    However, the problem is that my terrarium is only 45 cm long. I would prefer something that size....but I got no idea what to do now.

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    how about this one?? the good size



    Premium twin under-cabinet lights
    Extra outlet
    No hum, flicker-free
    Turns out instantly
    Stardardized length to align with designer kitchens, home offices, and studios

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    If you have to grow inside, then 2 of the second one would be best.

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