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Discuss water requirements, "soil" (growing media) and suitable planting containers

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By Vern
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coline wrote:No, take it out. Lean the tray to a side to slowly drain it
I thought it was a good thing to flood it on occasion.
By coline
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#175988
On ocasion, but not to let it dry by its own. I do it only once a week and, and not completely, then it slowly drains in a hole I have at medium height of the tray.
By Vern
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#176216
I see, I guess that makes sense, standing water would create stagnant water and anaerobic growth-and algae.
By Vern
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#176271
So Coline, when would you flood it versus misting it? Which method do you think would be more effective for a small container like Tupperware?
By coline
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It is neither of both, the thing is to fill the container up to 2-3cm below the tips of the moss, and then wait a whole week at least before watering again. or when the tips look dry more water is needed.
By Vern
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#176276
coline wrote:It is neither of both, the thing is to fill the container up to 2-3cm below the tips of the moss, and then wait a whole week at least before watering again. or when the tips look dry more water is needed.
So fill 2-3cm below the tips, drain out to around that level if its more, and water again after a week or if the tips need water. Correct?
By coline
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#176663
Not from every sunday, but I realized I did take several photos of my sphagnum.

First one from february
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This one from march
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And this one today
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As you may see, I took chunks from the big and nice one to populate and help the other trays. Also, I took out a big amount from the big one today to make pots of sphagnum, so photos would show a lag on growth if I take new ones.
Also for time comparison, you may see the growth of the D. capensis that live in the moss, they grow much faster.
By coline
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LAKJP wrote:How tall are those trays? Their height is okay for mature Capensis?
I've never worried for pot height of small drosera, they are only 2 inches tall I think, as all the rest of my small pots, only sarracenia, dionaea or taller drosera get bigger pots.


Looking as the sphagnum is growing right now! Ericrud
By Vern
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Looking good Ericrud.
I was just checking on my little thumb side bit of sphagnum, and I was surprised to see tiny bits of green growing on the tips of the dried sphagnum I had placed in the container. I might be getting some more sphagnum as well!

I watched a video recently on youtube, apparently this kid managed to grow several large amount of sphag in about 3-4 months. Said something along the lines of lots of sun, 70% humidity and light ferts.
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