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Thread: All things considered...how'd I do?

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    All things considered...how'd I do?

    I'm curious about my indoor setup. I'll be moving them outdoors soon as the weather is getting ripe. For now, flytrap love lamp.

    The ultimate question here is whether or not I'm going to kill my flytraps, if they'll thrive, or if this setup will just "do".

    I got the Savage Garden a few months back, and have talked to many of you. I finally bought two VFT's last week from flytrapshop and got them all set up yesterday. I just need one more VFT to fill the the empty spot.

    Specs

    Bulb (5000K/1650 lumens): this one. It's pretty close to the plants and isn't overly hot. I'm running on 14-16 hour light cycles at the moment and leave the ceiling fan on medium to try to trick them into thinking they're outside. I don't think they're fooled.

    Soil: 50/50 sphagnum peat & washed play sand (hand-mixed wet).
    - Thoroughly wet but not overly soaked.

    Water: Reverse-osmosis activated ultraviolet purified.
    - Using tray method; 1/2" to 3/4" of water in tray.

    Pot: Ceramic (glazed on the outside, unglazed on the inside), dime-sized hole in bottom to support tray method.









    My biggest concern, obviously, is the light. Is it enough light (not compared to the sun...compared to lights)? If not, I might see about hanging a shop light with three or four 800-lumen T12's...or something?

    Thanks for assessing my newbie setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valydius View Post
    My biggest concern, obviously, is the light. Is it enough light (not compared to the sun...compared to lights)? If not, I might see about hanging a shop light with three or four 800-lumen T12's...or something?
    Four bulbs in a shoplight would definitely be better.

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    well I would put them on a sunny window until you can move them outside or just but the lights and use them for tropical plants like nepenthes or drosera. that is after the flytrap is moved outside.
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    If you're planning to move them outside soon anyway, I bet they'll be fine there (or maybe a sunny window?). Long term- I would go with shop fixtures. They're not going to be inside too much longer right? As you can tell by the growth, the 'Dente Traps' is already waking up from dormancy, and the typical is still in winter growth... It shouldn't take long for the typical to wake up and start throwing the larger/erect growth... For some reason, the typical are the last ones to wake up for me...
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    Don't eat me,... Mr. Flytrap thbjr's Avatar
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    While I agree with xvart, more is always better, here is what about 3 months in a 10 gal terrarium with 2, 100watt CFL's about 10-12 inches from the plants can do.



    Here is what the little ones looked like when I got them. As you can see, the largest of the 2 small ones has reddened up very nicely with just the CFL's. The large one was a Lowes rescue.

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    I just can't see suggesting the purchase of better lights if the plants will be moved outside in 2 or 3 weeks....

    Edit: unless you want great looking plants faster and don't mind spending some money
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    thbjr, gorgeous coloration in your flytraps. I am hoping mine wiill get there in a couple of months!

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    Don't eat me,... Mr. Flytrap thbjr's Avatar
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    Thanks for the compliments, guys. Here is where they live. You can see the Lowes rescue VFT in the back right corner of the pics with the plants in the terrarium. Rather green looking. The 2 small one looked like this, on arrival.
    I hope they inspire you to get more of them .... from Andrew of course!!!!! Imagine how nice they'd look if I'd started with quality plants from him.

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