Crash Course Guide for Petiolaris Dormancy...

gill_za

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I am just a few days into starting to grow these plants and after having doubts about being able to provide enough heat for them I am pleasantly surprised how well it all worked out for now.

My setup consists of a 7g fishtank that is wrapped on 3 sides with reflective bubble wrap (I left one side of the tank open for observation). It sits on top of a single hydrofarm seedlings heating mat (consumes 17W) and 1cm under 4xT8x48" fixtures, on the topmost shelve. Inside, the plants are sitting on top of 2 layers of egg crate with water level not reaching the pots (plants were dormant upon arrival), and the top is covered by a sheet of acrylic plastic with holes drilled in it. The temperature at the surface of the soil in the pots is steady 80F at night and fluctuates a bit from 105F to 110F during the day. The temperature outside the fishtank on the shelf is ~80F during the day and ~70-75F during night.

So far so good. And I noticed yesterday that one of the plants is starting to uncurl a petiole with a little trap on it already :)

Thank you Amphirion for this guide!
 

amphirion

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@gill: you're very welcome and very nice! keep on the look out for continuous trap development, and elongating petioles!
 
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Here is a picture of how I ran one years back... I did have to fill it fairly often, but not more often then I looked at the plants. :D
Andrew

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and what beautiful plants they are!!!
Thanks so much for the help, and the fact that you have the info as images makes it even easy to retain!
i think my problem was not deep enough reservoir / too much surface area. i blew a heater and will simply need to try again :]
 

amphirion

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great work peat! you can definitely see dramatic transitional growth happening and the undeveloped leaves left from the dormancy stage.
 
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