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By NatchGreyes
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Hey Everyone:

I wrote a book on Darlingtonia, which is now available (nearly) worldwide via Amazon ... 149745185X, some bookstores, and my blog ... rades.html.

It covers everything from the discovery of Darlingtonia to its cultivation and is filled with fascinating tidbits about the different varieties and habitats of Darlingtonia.

Just thought I would post this here to spread the word.
By Veronis
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Joined:  Fri May 29, 2009 8:41 pm
This is great!

I have always had trouble with darlingtonia. I don't know how to emulate the serpentine seeps/cool water running over the root system.

How do you take care of your darlingtonia from that perspective? Any tricks you can share?
By NatchGreyes
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Joined:  Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:17 pm
Well, generally, I grow montane plants, so, once established, I only need to worry about giving them cooler temperatures at night, which naturally happens since I'm in New England. I believe the general consensus is shallower trays (when possible) in live sphagnum is the easiest medium. When I was in the south, I would grow plants like this, placing some ice on top of the medium before going to bed. That would cool the roots over night.

Coastal plants are harder to grow because they generally require cooler temperatures all the time, which is difficult outside their local microclimates.

So, my suggestion would be to ask your supplier for a montane plant, buy it in winter, get it established, and then, maybe, ice it at night the first year, and not worry about it after that, as it should do fine.

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