w03 wrote:On another note, I see no problem with U. alpina as your first highland plant. It's quite tolerant of different conditions and is the easiest of the Utricularia from sect. Orchidioides.
Also, I forgot to mention that Genlisea tend to grow a little wider than the leaves might indicate, since they make two types of traps. One goes straight down into the ground, and one is shorter going sideways just under the surface of the soil (these make good trap pullings once the plant gets bigger). It's just something to consider when thinking of pot sizes and top-dressing.
Sorry for the rant :p
Hey w03 and SerMuncherIV,
Thanks so much for all the detailed information.
And w03, by all means, rant to your hearts content! That's what I'm here for! Both you and SerMuncherIV come across as very knowledgeable, and also very passionate about these plants and your personal experiences with their needs, as well as conditions which can be detrimental. I'm passionate about my knowledge base, and my plants as well so I respect and appreciate the advice and opinions of those who are ...like minded shall we say. So, no apologies needed.
I do regret not replying to this thread sooner, however I haven't been on the forum much since that day as I immediately set about the task of corrections to my grow area. It's a little slow going, but I'm getting there bit by bit. I'll have higher humidity and much stronger light by the end of the day. I hope to have my expansion complete by mid week, as well as one cooling fan for nighttime.
I'm designing an automatic cooling system, but it's going to be a couple weeks before I can implement that.
Fortunately, keeping the plants drier than I originally intended seems to be working quite well as all three plants are spreading rather rapidly. However, I am a little concerned with their coloration as all of them were a tiny bit yellowish green, rather than the deep or bright green I'm familiar with in all my other plants, upon arrival. As I said they ARE spreading rapidly, but they have NOT "greened up" much if at all.
Any thoughts on that guys?
I'm running 6500k tubes in all my fixtures. I added two more Friday night and will be adding a third as soon as the postman brings it.
Some folks have had luck with a variety of color temperatures combined in one area. For instance, in a 4 lamp fixture, one each of 3000k, 4100k, 5000k and 6500k. This makes sense to me as it would simulate the varied intensity of the natural daily sun cycle, rather than just blazing "day light" all day.
So...uh-oh! Gotta run, my stuff just got here!!!
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