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    Well, my little PFT terrarium and 2 VFTs came in today (Woohoo)! The little guys seemed a little 'tired' from their trip, but there was only 1 black pod an both plants had around 6 or 7 healthy looking ones, so I'm guessing that's pretty good. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I dropped the soil I bought into the terrarium and had to add a bunch of water since it was bone dry. It was hard to get it to even look wet at all. Unfortunately, I think I may have went a bit overboard. When I was digging little holes out for the plants, there were actually little puddles accumulating in them. Am I right, Is this too wet? If so, is there any way to take care of that or should I just let it sit a few days and see what happens? The plants are planted directly in the soil (no pots).

    On a side note, about how wet should I keep them? Also, should I water the soil near them, or water the soil off away from them and let the water seep over to their roots?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated...Thanks for reading!

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    VFT's like WET soil... pick some up and pinch it.. water should run down your arm and drip on the ground like grease from a really good hamburger (lol can you tell its almost dinnertime??)
    Good luck with your new plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    What kind of soil did you use?

    IMO the potting mix should be fairly moist. I would let the water level go down before adding more so they are not constantly sopping wet.
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    Woah! Quick replies! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

    I used a 50/50 Peat and Perlite mix. The soil is just about like that greasy hamburger...nice analogy. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Thanks!

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    Dry peat is notoriously hard to rewet. I suggest you knead the mix until the water is absorbed like a sponge. VFT's like it wet, but also appreciate aeration about the roots, puddles in a closed terrarium seems to wet to me. Provide good air circulation by opening the terrarium.
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