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Thread: New VFTs are here!  Sunlight?

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    My 4 new plants (rhizomes, not potted) have arrived, in great shape considering the rough road they've traveled, and I've got them in a big 12" plastic pot. Thanks EG!

    I notice that the accompanying instructions warn against direct sunlight. This is the opposite of what every other source I've seen says--is this, perhaps, better advice in Texas than it is in Columbus, OH, where it is cloudy most of the time? If I need to keep them in indirect light, I will do so, but I am worried that on the whole it's too dark here.

    Thanks for your advice.

    --SO

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    I think it means avoid direct sunlight while it is still a rhizome, because it wont benefit as much as if it were green, and could photosynthesize. Sun could also encourage fungus growth, and if theres alot of water, then algea can grow. Too much SUN light is bad if it is in a terrarium too. Put it in like, semi-sunny spot for now...

    Thats wut i think...

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    Mmm. I would say they would need more sun than ever as rhizomes because when it starts to grow leaves it needs more sun to take advantage of what little surface area it has. I've had 17 rhizomes since January and only now are they starting to get going now they have access to spring sunshine. In my experience, you can't get enough sunlight, unless you live in the south where the sun can scorch.

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    The sun in texas burns everthing. These plants are native to North Carolina where the sun is milder. If you live farther down south they need less direct lighting. If you live father up north they can take direct sunlight.

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    I would start them on filtered sun. Once they start growing you can try to transition them to full sun. If they get too hot and they're kept too wet they will rot.

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    Quote: from Dyflam on 8:33 pm on Mar. 30, 2002
    I would start them on filtered sun. Once they start growing you can try to transition them to full sun. If they get too hot and they're kept too wet they will rot.[/QUOTE]

    My question may be completely academic, given March in Columbus--the pot is massive (about 12" across and 12" deep), has no lid and for both these reasons will tend to keep its temperature, while the sun is hidden behind cloud almost all day. Heat will not be an issue for a while.

    I *am* concerned about the dampness--I doubt the gallon's worth of water now in the peat (amazing stuff!) is going to evaporate at any speed in these conditions. When the water in the saucer has disappeared I may wait a couple days before I add any.

    Then again, I've read a CP book wherein a guy had VFTs *underwater* for long periods, and reported no problems.

    --SO

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    Quote: from Alvin Meister on 6:44 pm on Mar. 30, 2002
    Mmm. I would say they would need more sun than ever as rhizomes because when it starts to grow leaves it needs more sun to take advantage of what little surface area it has. I've had 17 rhizomes since January and only now are they starting to get going now they have access to spring sunshine. In my experience, you can't get enough sunlight, unless you live in the south where the sun can scorch.
    [/QUOTE]

    There are some leaves--a few look happy enough to survive, if I don't screw this up. We had an hour of sun today, and maybe 30 minutes of that hit the plants.

    --SO

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    Quote: from Parasuco on 6:26 pm on Mar. 30, 2002
    I think it means avoid direct sunlight while it is still a rhizome, because it wont benefit as much as if it were green, and could photosynthesize. Sun could also encourage fungus growth, and if theres alot of water, then algea can grow. Too much SUN light is bad if it is in a terrarium too. Put it in like, semi-sunny spot for now...

    Thats wut i think...
    [/QUOTE]

    Thanks. I hadn't considered evil growths. I did get some shreds of green moss as a fellow-traveller with the plants. I assume that this is sphagnum and was going to let it grow if it could.

    I hope the plants flourish--we've got those import ladybugs around here, and they will go straight for the pot once they get in the house. Eat hearty, boys! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    --SO

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