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    Ok ok...
    One at a time XD

    [using pure water too? (rain water, RO, or distilled) what do you mean by "daily watering"? are they sitting in trays of water? if not, they should be..]

    Yeah... Rainwater, I live next to the sea so there's no air pollution that could contaminate it... The thing is... When humidity is high, water tends to warm up instead of evaporate... Imagine Sarracenias (or any CP) in 42°C water (I've measured)... That's why I water abundantly...

    wait.what? im not sure what that means..are you saying you are giving them less light on purpose?
    if so, stop doing that!

    Well, I used to have my tray in a table on my backyard... They would get direct light like 3 hours, then indirect (due to a neighbor´s tree) during the hot, hot hours if 12-3pm then again evening sun like 3 more hours...
    But THEN, mi sister's dog discovered that EATING CP's and chewing pots was fun... I returned one day to discover nothing of my beautiful Cephallotus... And I mean nothing... It was eaten along with the soil... That one was the more painful, but I also lost that day 2 Sarracenias and 1 Nepenthes...
    So... That's why I can't give them the light they deserve...

    still..if you can give them 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day, that would be good.. but 12 or more hours of direct sun, with temps about 30C, could defiantly be too harsh..
    Indeed it is... I only see dew on my Droseras at night, when I spray water on them so that they can thrive on the butchering mosquitoes...

    how are you going to handle winter dormancy?
    Step 1) Place the plan in a cardboard box with holes in it, with a piece of ice melting inside to lower the temperature in order to give the impression that there is less light and it's cold.
    Step 2) Plastic baggie and into the fridge after a bit of fungicide.
    Do this in the week around Halloween and keep it there until the birthday of Benito Juarez (March 21st)

    Is this plant indoors or outdoors?

    Indoors mostly... When I started, I had all my plants in my window... But then along came Spring, the Earth shifted and sunlight stopped entering my room...
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    if you live right on the coast your rain water might have salt in it, would be best to check it with a tds meter with a large amount of watering you might have a salt build up in your soil mix

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    Your conditions are certainly a challenge, probably beyond the experience of almost all the growers here. Cindy in Singapore can probably give you the best advice as well as some of CP forums in that region.

    Some insects and bugs will burn the traps. Bees, wasps and large ants tend to. Probably from their venom or high sugar content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEELE1 View Post
    Rainwater, I live next to the sea so there's no air pollution that could contaminate it...
    yeah, I agree with Mickey..strong chance that the sea could be contaminating your rain water! adding salt to it..
    you need to check it..

    Quote Originally Posted by SEELE1 View Post
    But THEN, mi sister's dog discovered that EATING CP's and chewing pots was fun... I returned one day to discover nothing of my beautiful Cephallotus... And I mean nothing... It was eaten along with the soil... That one was the more painful, but I also lost that day 2 Sarracenias and 1 Nepenthes...
    So... That's why I can't give them the light they deserve...
    well..in order to sucessfully grow them, they need to be outside..
    we all have wildlife issues! I have birds and squirrels..I have to rig ugly chicken wire covers over my plants..
    you have a dog problem..you need to make something to dog-proof your pots..
    that would be MUCH better than keeping them indoors..how about just a simple wire cage?




    Quote Originally Posted by SEELE1 View Post
    Step 1) Place the plan in a cardboard box with holes in it, with a piece of ice melting inside to lower the temperature in order to give the impression that there is less light and it's cold.
    Step 2) Plastic baggie and into the fridge after a bit of fungicide.
    Do this in the week around Halloween and keep it there until the birthday of Benito Juarez (March 21st)
    hmm..I wouldnt bother with the ice cube..unless you feel like adding an ice cube several times a day for about 60 days in a row..
    (all of September and October)..otherwise, its not really going to do anything..
    and being in the box would also be bad, because you be cutting down the light levels way too much..

    I understand you have a challenging climate..but IMO you have two options:

    1. If the temps and photoperiod naturally drops somewhat in Aug-Sept-Oct-Nov, the plant might go "semi dormant"
    on its own..in which case you can just leave the plants outside 24/7/365 and see how they do..

    2. If the temps and photoperiod naturally drops somewhat in Aug-Sept-Oct-Nov, the plant might go "semi dormant"
    on its own..in which case it might be "dormant enough" to go in the fridge by December, and keep it in there Dec-Jan-Feb..bring it back out in March..

    Depending on the difference between your summers and your winters, one or the other might be good..
    if the difference between summer and winter is virtually no difference, they probably cant go in the fridge, because they wont really be dormant.
    if the difference is just different enough, then you might have some luck..

    What is your latitude? how much does the photoperiod vary throughout the year?
    and what is your average winter temp vs. summer?


    Quote Originally Posted by SEELE1 View Post
    Is this plant indoors or outdoors? [/B]
    Indoors mostly... When I started, I had all my plants in my window... But then along came Spring, the Earth shifted and sunlight stopped entering my room...
    really needs to be outside..VFT's simply die when grown indoors..
    outside is *always* better..even in your climate..

    Scot

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    Ok, sea... Nope... If I lived right in front of it, the salty wind would be an issue... I live about 1Km inland and between me and the sea there are several high trees and others houses...

    Photoperiod winted-summer... Practically nule... And the temperature isn't a deal breaker either... Lest's say my house is here: 19°12'59.42"N 96°10'54.62"O (it's near enough)

    I though about using a large plastic container as a pot, covering it with chicken fence and hope the dog would keep away... But it's a golden retriever...
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    I live about 1 mile from the ocean. Salt spray is a concern as everything outdoors gets a gray film and iron and steel rusts in very short order. I spray down my plants now and then and flush out the pots.
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    I do the same every 2 days...
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    30C is extreme for vfts ??
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