I've been meaning to do this, but I've been some what lazy. Now I've got some time to talk about my growing technique, which isn't special. I'm somewhat of an experimenter, so I have clay, glazed, and plastic pots as my bases. I heard rumors about clay pots that aren't glazed can be dangerous but I'll be the judge myself. So far so good though, I actually water plants by water trays. I dislike top watering because it causes a lot of the mediums to clump up, and sometimes get in the mouth parts of the flytraps. Now if it rains, it's no big deal, everything is evenly distributed and filtered out some. I do have a neph. x alata, which is in a hanging pot so I actually have no choice but to top water that one, which is actually encouraged do to root rot if too much water is present. I live in the Athens region of Georgia, go dawgs! Up until now I've been trying to be very conservative when it came to getting more cps, I've been telling myself to wait until next year to get more since this is my first dormancy period. I think if I get more it will be from trading or something similar since that's not going to hurt my pocket much. That's that though, been a pleasure everyone
I am a lazy gardener. Most of my plants are in buckets from Lowes, filled with LFS. I think the buckets make it so easy to work with. Just add water. Handles can stay on for smaller plants, or take them off. And best of all, just add water.
I'll start! I grow all of my plants (for a complete and up-to-date list, check the "Grow Lists" section of the forum) in a pretty standard CP mix of about 50/50 peat perlite. I have my plants in pots of various sizes and i alternate top/bottom watering (leave tray dry for 1 day then top water, after 1 more day fill tray up again). They all get FULL sun all day long on an approx. south facing porch. I have a makeshift shade area (cut up white t-shirt, lol) that i use as "intensive care", i put my germination chambers, pullings, and things that need filtered light under the cloth (kinda like a little tent).
I plan to keep everything outside year round, except for my tropical varieties, and i will put them inside a portable greenhouse wrapped in bubble wrap when it gets really cold. To my knowledge, the conditions here in GA will allow me to do that without worry...but this will also be my 1st winter with CPs here so maybe you guys have some suggestions or tips, or maybe you do the same.
Thats about it! Everything is growing REALLY well..except my d. adelae which i cut down to almost nothing in hopes it might come back. It seems some plantlets are coming up and doing ok so far. It was a Lowes rescue which i admittedly didn't acclimate though, so i am sure once it adjusts it will do fine. All my VFTs (5 typicals) are showing vigorous growth and starting to color up! I very much hope to be coming into a couple Bohemian Garnets very soon as well, which is my absolute favorite variety of VFT. My d. filiformises, d. binata, s. purpurea, s. leucophylla & rubra are ALL shooting up new growth too. Looks like growing season in GA is in full swing!