Surprise, I have more questions. I just want to do this right from the start and learning from you guys has gotten me some great info. Thanks for all the help so far.
I have two pots of about 4 VFT's each at the moment. Above them are six T12, 6500K, 3300 lumen, 40-watt fluorescent bulbs in three 48" shop fixtures.
The temperature in the room they're in is typically about 78-82 degrees.
I'm using the tray method and at present the Lowe's-bought VFT's are about 3 inches tall on thin, high-climbing spring leaves.
The humidity above the tray, among the VFT's is about 50-55% or higher.
Currently the tallest traps are about 3 inches from the lights. I'm worried that this is too close. Should I back them down?
I use the tray method with reverse-osmosis water and have been keeping about an inch of water in the trays. When I water from the top I often disturb the soil a bit (I'm kinda clumsy and don't have the steadiest hand). This brings me to three questions:
- Can I water at the tray, or should I be watering from the top, over the rhizomes?
- How exactly do you know when your plant needs watered? There's the tray water level to consider, as well as keeping the top soil moist.
- Should you water them a little bit daily, or should you let the tray water all but evaporate completely and then add the water back in?