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    So far I have not had any grow lights at all. Just let the sun shine in on it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] The terrarium is one I bought on this website, it's bowl shaped with a hole in the top.
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    I know which one you mean.
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    high humidity won't actually hurt the plants. When was the last time you saw an mid atlantic state that had a low humidity summer? Humidity will not negatively effect the vft. I have all mine outside in N. VA and it is humid as all get out up here right now. 90%+ much of the time, and it will be like that more times then not over the summer. One thing that you need to find out is what works for you, not someone else. I know that this is weird and a bit hard once you start out, but it proves to be invaluable. Actually planting the plants in the terrarium may not be the best route to go. You can do it, but it seems to be more work. Tamlin recommended to me to make for more room and use of my lights, to turn the terrarium on its side. This way the plants are closer to the lights and you have more room. Now, you'll do this with the plants still potted. It also allows for removal for whatever reason of the plant if something goes wrong or you want to try something. Hope this helps.

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    From my experience Venus Flytraps do best Outside. A small terrainium is a good temporary home for them, especially when they are experiencing shipping shock. But for long term I find that after awhile stagnant air gets the best of the plants and they start going down hill from there. The first signs of that are the plants making smaller traps and slower growth. Then root rot sets in and the plants starts to die.
    The most impotant thing to do is to have moving air. That's why a big terrainium like a ten gallon fish tank isn't bad, even though the plants still grow their best outside. That is why plants in the wild don't rot when the humidity is constantly 90+%, because there is always some sorce of aircirculation blowing over the plants.
    The main problems with the small 1 gallon fish tanks is there is no opening for fresh air.
    Most people including me suggest leaving at least a 10 percent oppening in the terrainium for fresh air to flow in. Another option I've heard is to put in a small motor to act like a fan to circulate over the plants. This rule goes for all plants including MOST nepenthes, there are exceptions though... For constant humididty levels I reccommend a constant 65+% at all times to produce best growth. They can take levels much lower with out any ill effects but the growth wont be as big and the overall plant growth isn't as robust.
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    I'm not sure if my VFT would do as well outside here in North Dakota. Strong winds and lower humidity. Plenty of food though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] I have 5 plants in the terrarium.....3 venus fly traps and two sundews. I have read that they have slightly different.......but still similar needs for watering and dormancy. I just transplanted them on monday ( june 7th ), so I don't know if I should transplant them again this early. Would you guys recommend that I plant them in pots? Or try turning the terrarium on it's side? That seems like it would be pretty tough to do since they are all planted in there already. But I could try it. It does make sense to find out what works for me mcrwt644. Thanks guys for the suggestions and comments.
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    Well, alot depends on the condition of the plants right now. I don't know if I would go and transplant them again so soon, but that is a decision you will have to make for yourself since you are the one that can actually see them. I have found in this 'obsession' of cps, that there are two things that are valuable beyone belief
    1-find what works for you
    2-be patient
    I have killed more plants by not being patient, and even at 30, find it hard to do sometimes. I now force myself to leave the plant alone unless I know for a fact that it will do better, or be alright in what I plan to do with it. Case in point-d. capensis are very tolerant of just about everything. This is how I transplant them out of one container to another...I weed them out, gently of course, but just pull them out and repot them. Hey, found it works for me, and causes the plants no ill harm. IF you repot them, I like about a 60/40 peat sand mix. Sand is good for somethings, and somethings are better then sand. some people like perlite over sand, and vice versa. It depends on what you like. Again, good luck.

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    I had my VFT in a former plastic pretzel container. At first I covered it at night. I thought i was doing it a favor by leaving the lid on 24/7. that resulted in smaller traps and some of them turned black before maturing. So I got rid of the lid. The traps plant recovered from my mistake and grew larger traps. Mine ar all open tray. Until recently they were kept inside the lab, which is a very dry environment. Apparently, open tray was good enough in an otherwise dry environment. However, North Carolina IS a high humidity state as is the whole Southeast / eastern seaboard. They DO require humidity, but air circulation was the big factor. In nature they are not covered.

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    VFT'S will do okay in lower humidity, but experts I've heard from say a humidity around 80 percent seem to be optimum.

    The thing that hurts them is shock; if you have them in a terrarium and take them out in the open tray system without acclimating them to it, they will suffer, same thing vice versa.

    vft's are adaptable to an appreciable degree, but like all plants, should be acclimated when a change of environment is necessary.

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