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    trixie7777
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    I am really interested in starting my own collection of these types of plants, but when I was reading over the care information I became a little confused on some of it... Hopefully someone out there can help me. I just want to know the best information anyone has to keep there plant from dying. I am looking for information mostly on...

    Watering, Light, Tempatures, and Soil....

    For example: When you recieve your plant, the peat moss that comes in the pot with the plants... Do you recommened leaving in that pot and that moss. Or do you take it out of that pot into a new one with the same moss, or when/if you have to replace the soil do you transfer the moss and the plant or just the plant into new soil?

    Do you recommed leaving the top on until it gets bigger?

    How much artificial sunlight should it have and do you keep the top on or off while in the light?

    Do you have to place the plant in some type of "dormancy" during the winter if it's inside with heat and light?

    Thanks,
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    There is a FAQ for just about everything at the top.

    In short...

    Watering, I recommend Distilled water from a store. Consistent quality, realitively inexpensive and easy. Tray method of putting water in a trap underneath the plant works the best.

    Light, As much sunlight as you can give it, unless you live in 90+ degree weather.

    Soil, I wouldn't worry about this unless your starting from a seed or bulb, which I don't recommend for begineers. The plants don't need a lot of soil and the pots they come in are good for at least a year or two.

    If you get the plants from here, they won't come with live peat moss. I would only take out the peat moss out if you have tiny plants, as I think it helps keep in moisture and its just pretty.

    If you have artificial sunlight I'd leave it on unless the plants are getting really hot.

    Yes, if your plant is big enough it will need dormancy even if you keep it inside. The plant is stupid, it doesn't know it is inside. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Okay, so If I buy a plant from here I can just keep it in what I get it in, just water it and give it sun light? Are they small plant's when you get them? Do you have to feed them asap when they arrive? I was at Meijer last night looking at them and there are about 6 traps on one plant. Do you have to feed each trap of just one? (Weekly) nd if there really small I don't have to put them away for the winter? Where do you recommened I place them when they get big enough (for dormancy).

    Sorry about all the questions... :p Just want to be sure I have everything set before I do this.

    Thanks,
    Jenny

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    You don't have to feed it at all, its a plant first, bug eater second. It can grow very happily with NO bugs at all.

    Just water it and give it sun light and it will catch all the bugs it needs. Trying to feed the plants unless you are experienced can actually be harmful. Yes they come small, but they will grow up with proper care within a year. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    If they are small, don't worry about dormancy.

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    can I keep them in the moss/soil the come in?

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    Quote (trixie7777 @ Sep. 15 2003,09:30)
    nd if there really small I don't have to put them away for the winter? Where do you recommened I place them when they get big enough (for dormancy).[/QUOTE]
    No, the plant will almost certainly need dormancy this year. The plants PFT sells are a couple years old already and will definately want dormancy. If you live in an area with winters similar to their native habitat, you can simply leave the plants outside and they will take care of themselves.
    For more information detailing virtually every aspect of cultivation of VFTs check out the FAQ pages here: FAQ pages
    Im sure you will find answers to all your questions there.

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    Quote (trixie7777 @ Sep. 15 2003,1:08)
    can I keep them in the moss/soil the come in?[/QUOTE]
    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Yes. You can. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] The people over at pft pot up their plants nicely, and with care. Usually you won't have to repot any of the plants for at least a year or two. Some of them you won't have to for a while. The plant will usually let you know one way or another.
    Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.

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    Jenny,
    where abouts in the world are you located?
    unfortunately right now is the *worst* time of year to get new CPs! or to get started in the hobby. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
    because right now everything is getting ready for dormancy..
    and will be going to sleep for 3-5 months..
    you would be MUCH better off waiting until Spring and ordering your plants then, because that way they will just be coming OUT of dormancy and you will have all summer for you and the plants to get to know each other! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    (that is assuming you live in the northern hemisphere! if you live in the southern hemisphere then right now IS a good time to get started&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    let us know where you live (just the city or state is fine) and we can help you more with dormancy concerns..
    Scot

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