User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Results 17 to 20 of 20

Thread: Best Drosophyllum Media Mixture

  1. #17
    I am a CPaholic... DJ57's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Near Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    1,756
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thank you. You write it, I will buy it...but you have to sign it

    Mine germinated in about 14 days inside under lights in winter, 2 out of 3 in one pot and 1 out of 3 in another, but seeds were over a year old. They grew like weeds once I put them outside in spring. They did survive a couple of light frosts with no visible effects before I brought them in for winter. I am going to get several more started in separate pots to experiment with how long they can be left outside in Pacific Northwest fall/early winter temps.

    Do you scarify and soak your seeds before planting? Do you notice any ill effects in direct sun with temps over 100 degrees? How, or do, you feed your seedlings/mature plants when they are inside? I have to bring mine inside the garage under a shop light because we get extended periods of freezing temps here. The garage temps are between mid 40s to upper 50s all winter, so don't know if they even need to eat as dew production is lower with the lower temps and lower light levels, but they still look healthy in these conditions after over a month now and I am giving them baby crickets and whatever flies they can catch in the garage. Okay, I will wait for "the book."
    Last edited by DJ57; 11-24-2011 at 01:41 AM.

  2. #18
    Natalie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Posts
    295
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by SDCPs View Post
    Here you need to water the 10" pots every other day. And the fact I was using both together with plants that are sensitive about their water requirements did not work well for me.
    You had to water your 10" pots every other day?? I watered mine once a week in the height of summer, and our summers up here are hotter than yours (weather sites say the average high temperature in summer in San Diego is in the mid-70s). Well, hotter during the day at least - our nightly temperatures in the summer are still in the 55-60 degree range and usually dampened from abundant fog and dew, but I think your nights in San Diego tend to be warmer than that. Do you get regular nightly fog and dew where you are? That seems to be one of the defining characteristics of their native range, and why they are only found next to the coast on moisture-collecting slopes.

    Another big factor in the difference in water needs could be the substrate - if you're using primarily decomposed granite, which doesn't really hold any moisture, that would likely be one reason why you'd have to water so often. But since my soil has a sizable fraction of vermiculite in it, which is designed to hold a bit of moisture but still drain freely, that combined with the fog allows the plant to have enough moisture to be watered more sparingly.

  3. #19
    Tony Paroubek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Far Away NY
    Posts
    4,641
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ohh yay nice pics! Look good. I think you are correct that the larger pots give a more stable root zone which helps alot. I had a mature multigrowth plant in a 7" ceramic pot sitting on my deck one summer, in full sun, and I would pour some water into the pot every day. By the end of the day the shallow tray under it would be dry and the surface of the mix was getting crispy again.

    I use a mix that has vermiculite, perlite, sand, and a touch of peat so it does hold a bit of moisture within some of the ingredients. I am using a much larger pot this time around so we will see how they do next summer.
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

  4. #20
    SDCPs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    1,197
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Every other day for 10" at the height of summer is just how it goes. I grow mine in FULL sun...desert like conditions...they actually do better with a bit of shade but you only have so much room. Where I live full sun is too much for some CPs that everyone says need full sun. Most sundews can't handle it.

    Right now maybe every 3-4 days is the watering schedule?

    As to the "book": I've gotta get a full growing season or two in before I consider publishing it of course You'll be waiting a while!

    I scarify with sand paper. Sometimes a water soak works well. Germinating seeds still isn't a science ...especially since what I though worked so well isn't giving me many sprouts right now!

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

Similar Threads

  1. potting mixture
    By Ridetsu in forum Venus Flytrap (Dionaea ) Care Information & Tips
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 06-16-2007, 03:48 PM
  2. Would this mixture work?
    By buddha646 in forum Greenhouses, Terrariums and Bog Gardens
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 10-01-2005, 07:08 PM
  3. Ok my mixture
    By buddha646 in forum Greenhouses, Terrariums and Bog Gardens
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-01-2005, 04:38 PM
  4. Soil mixture
    By jensgot5 in forum Venus Flytrap (Dionaea ) Care Information & Tips
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 08-28-2004, 04:55 PM
  5. Soil Mixture
    By TazZduDe54 in forum Venus Flytrap (Dionaea ) Care Information & Tips
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-19-2002, 10:48 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •