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Thread: Would it be safe to collect rainwater for my CPs?

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    In nature, the plants get rained upon. Now if you have Mexican butterworts and they are sitting in containers that don't allow quick drainage, then you could have a problem. On page 24 of Savage Garden the author gives a small tip for dealing with white-fly.

    Rainwater is good, like Grundels.

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    I collect rainwater. I have bunches of containers outside and after a rain, I dump it all in a rain barrel. I also fill jugs with water for the indoor CPs. When there is no rain, I buy RO water at the grocery store.

    Rain is good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Sep. 18 2006,11:17)]On page 24 of Savage Garden the author gives a small tip for dealing with white-fly.
    Hmmm... I don't have Savage Garden, can someone let me know what this tip is?

    Thanks everyone

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    "whitefly can be greatly reducedin enclosed places like greenhouses where a couple of large sundews in hanging pots are grown. An excellent species is Drosera dichotoma 'Giant', whose pale, yellowish green leaves attract whitefly."

    Finding a specimen of this particular sundew may be a bit of a challenge, but finding its related plant - the D. binata - is a whole lot easier. You've seen this pic before, but it wasn't identified:



    And I'll bet that this plant, D. capensis (the Cape Sundew) might be easy to come by and be effective as well:



    A quick Google on whitefly shows these links:

    WF homepage

    WF study

    More WF study

    WF infopage

    WF control

    wF Google page

    LOL! you'll be the forum's foremost expert on whitefly in a few hours!

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    Hi jimscott

    Thanks so much for all your help.

    Can I just ask a non-related question, what do you put on the top of the soil in your pots. Is it small stones? Does it help to keep the plants 'clean' and does it help reduce evaporation?

    Thanks

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    You're very welcome! In the case of the Cape Sundew it happened to be pool filter sand and that was because the lower portion of the plant was exposed and I wasnted to fill it in. Now soil media, in general, is another 'can of worms' and we all do something different. Generally speaking, I like to mix sand and sphagnum peat and add a layer of LFS (long fibered sphagnum) on top. That's like having a standard baking mix! The idea is to achieve some semblence of drainage and water retention, as well as the antisceptic properties of live LFS. It approximates nature to a certain degree. So by allowing drainage, it keeps the plants clean and by retaining water, it reduces evaporation.

    How's the whitefly research going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Sep. 18 2006,11:17)]Rainwater is good, like Grundels.
    waitaminute, isn't that from the my little pony movie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Presto @ Sep. 22 2006,12:08)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Sep. 18 2006,11:17)]Rainwater is good, like Grundels.
    waitaminute, isn't that from the my little pony movie?
    Finally someone recognized it! My 21.6 year old daughter used to watch it and have the collection of those pink and purple things. I was forced to watch them with her... honest!

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