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  1. May 16, 2011 #41
    I should have mentioned it's labeled play sand & no there is no mention of mineral content. Peter said in his book to use play sand. We have free sand available right out of the pits, I grabbed a couple handfuls Friday night. I did a little test with my TDS meter, the pit sand was 117, the play sand had a reading of 87. Later (after I dumped it) I thought I should see when adding the peat what that might do, so took a handful of each (play sand/peat) and the reading dropped to 47. That should be be OK, my husband also suggested, although it would be a bit inconvenient, to wash the play sand ....
    here goes another experiment!
     
  2. May 16, 2011 #42

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    Awesome. I am so excited for you! Please do post pictures.
     
  3. May 17, 2011 #43
    What companion bog plants would people recommend? or are there any that would be strongly discouraged?
    Forrest posted calopogons, which I had on my future want list. I'm trying to stick to cold temperate types to keep the bog maintenance minimal.
    I'm considering Gentiana catesbaei, marshallia grandiflora, sabatia kennedyana and Stylidium debile, any comments/suggestions?
     
  4. May 19, 2011 #44

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    How about violets and marsh marigolds?
     
  5. Jul 9, 2011 #45

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    Just picked up from Lowe's-Sarracenia flava. Five inch plant. $8.00 :)

    Rose- Juncus spiralis/Spiral rush does well for me.
     
  6. Aug 12, 2011 #46
    I found my favorite!

    I've been taking in consideration the suggestions offered & at this point those plants are a bit on hold. Most of the plants are doing quite well but I'm beginning to think that the tall sarracenias would do better in more light so I'm going to fix up another area that I had in mind, then I'll go back to possible companions. In the meantime .....
    I purchased a plant off my wishlist - Drosera binata var. dichotoma ‘Giant’. I have a small Marston's Dragon that is doing well but I wanted a biggie meateater! It's way to cool!
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    It's in a quart pot, the bottom green inverted base pot is 8", so that can give you an idea of size. As you can see it's not missing any meals!
     
  7. Aug 12, 2011 #47

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    Cool! These kinds look great in hanging baskets too.
     
  8. Aug 12, 2011 #48
    Drosera capensis:
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  9. Aug 12, 2011 #49

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    Our big Nepenthes (possibly Miranda?) sent up a flower spike. Neat. I guess that means it's happy.
     
  10. Aug 13, 2011 #50

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    My Miranda flowers pretty often. Usually I cut it down because it gets too long and messy... Yours should be a male plant, Ernie. I think most Mirandas available are tissue-cultured from only 1 or 2 motherplants..
     
  11. Aug 13, 2011 #51

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    Nice alba!
     
  12. Aug 13, 2011 #52

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    Interesting flowering progression.
     
  13. Sep 2, 2011 #53
    adding to the carnies!

    You know what happens when they say only experienced carnie growers should try these?
    Heliamphora nutans, this is considered a young adult, have had it for about a month now, seems to be doing just fine!
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    This cephalotus I couldn't resist! It's in a 2" pot so the traps are pretty good size, not listed as a 'Hummers Giant' but I have to wonder!
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  14. Sep 3, 2011 #54

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    I don't have room to set up for Heliamphora right now, so color me green with envy that you have one. :)

    My Cephalotus seedlings are putting out non-carnivorous leaves the size of yours or larger, but I have yet to get an adult pitcher on them. I think I need to up the light level for them.

    Rose, would you like some Venus Flytrap seedlings? I have dozens of them that I started from seed, and they are so interesting to watch them grow. I will send you some if you want.
     
  15. Sep 3, 2011 #55

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    Fabulous stuff!
     
  16. Sep 3, 2011 #56

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    Very nice! I have both also. No mature pitchers yet on the Heli's yet, though. What is your plan for how you are going to grow yours (temp. and light)?
     
  17. Sep 3, 2011 #57
    This is the first one I saw on ebay that had so many non-carnivorous leaves plus pitchers. The seller indicated it was in a growth splurt, well I guess it was by golly! He offered it BIN for $32.95, which I thought was reasonable so I took it. The temps are suppose to cool down in the next couple of days & I'm going to move it back to the GH but under the supplemental lights so I can up the light but then have greater temp drops.

    I tried a couple of compots thru the FlyTrap Store, they didn't fare to well but I'm determined to get it right, so yes! Thank You! I'll have to post pics of the 2 adultish plants plants I got from them.


    Personally I think mine could take more light due to the sprawled like growth? but then again this might be normal for it's age, the tallest are no more than 2" right now. In the next couple of days it will go back to the GH, it's got the greatest temp drop (& during the winter higher humidity), I'll put it under the supplemental lights. When we get these heat waves I've been bringing it in the house, south exposure 6" from a vent, 75 degrees, at night I take it down to the basement put it on the floor and then before I go to bed put a blue ice pac under it, I'm guessing that should drop the temps a good 10 degrees. I can hardly wait for summer to be over, these 2 plants have me well trained! :p
     
  18. Sep 3, 2011 #58

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    Very nice additions, Rose.. :)
     
  19. Sep 3, 2011 #59

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    Cephalotus= jealous.
     
  20. Sep 4, 2011 #60

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    wasn't there a thread a few days ago where people are using clay pots and sand to keep water, food and orchids cool in the internal pot? with that you could have it outside most of the time and keep the pot cool
     

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