For the time being they are inside the house, I can move them back out tonight. My concern right now is the complete lack of new growth since I got the 2 new ones / moved the typical outside.
The typical was doing ok in the windowsill inside before I moved it outside with it's neighbors. That's why I thought it was a water problem of some kind and was giving a little bit of top water. Basically in the morning I was taking the pot out of it's saucer and pouring the water near the VFTs, letting it cycle like that. I was already watering a new pot out there (which was bone dry, fresh, media) when I flood watered the VFT pot, too.
If it really works sufficiently, I could just tray water, but I was worried about root rot -- that 4" of water in that picture will take 2-3 weeks to empty out, for example.
The light question has me worried. I might have to accept that my deck just does not have sufficient light to grow CP on, unless I can sneak the pots out into the gravel a little ways -- but I think even that would only add a little extra time to them each day. I have Sunday off, I'll try and get some pictures of the various light levels at the hour marks throughout the day.
My other worry was temperature. It's been down in the 34-35ish range the last few weeks at night. Never hitting freezing, which is why I put those plants outside. http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...ery=83301&MR=1
The soil mix I kinda eyeball. The problem with perlite is that when top watering the peat moss settles before the floaty perlite does, so you end up with a LOT of perlite on top after a short while -- but I am not sure what kind of horticultural sand to get to replace the Perlite with. The local brand is Whitney Farms, and they have "White Sand" and "Washed Sand".
I used the "Washed Sand" before, it basically turned the soil mix into a thick cement. The VFT in said mix grew very poorly, and upon repotting into a Pete/Perlite mix, I discovered the roots were gnarled and kinked up where it just couldn't push through the soil. The White Sand appears to be silica, but the bag says it's only supposed to be a top dressing, so...