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By stitz25b
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Joined:  Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:10 am
I dont spend much time but it depends what i doing.
If im just checking, i would say 5 minutes
If im repotting all my plants ready for the growing season then about 1-2 hours
I dont spend unnecessary time with them as they grow fine without you staring at it
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By Earthy
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Joined:  Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:58 pm
Usually 15-30 minutes in the morning. I move them from the protection of the nighttime greenhouse (so they don't get soaked or hailed on or eaten by curious wildlife who are nocturnal lol) to the table-top screen greenhouse I made (to protect them from curious rambunctious young cats who love to get up on the table and unpot them for fun. Oh and birds as well lol). If I see an issue, something that doesn't look right, or any that need trims then it might be longer...I check their moisture levels as well during this time. Then throughout the day it's just random glances to see how they are doing...especially if it's hot out. Make sure no one is drooping lol :)
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By iamjacksplants
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Joined:  Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:13 am
Jds197 wrote:I'm currently trying to build a highland terrarium, so I spend alot of time watching the humidity and temperature. I also have alot of flytrap and drosera seedlings that I feed.
I too am building an enclosure. I would love to compare notes with you Jds197.

I'm currently spending 10+ hours a day doing something pertaining to my plants or their Dungeon home.

I have several projects going at the moment:
1. Primary grow area expansion.
2. Seedling/germination chamber.
3. Additional lower level chamber. Not sure yet if I'm gonna go "Ultra Highland" or dormancy on this one yet.
4. Completely automated cooling system for nighttime temp drops.
5. Moonlight experiment.
6. Little CRAPPIE aquarium I found at a yard sale for 3$
7. Completely automated water level and humidity monitoring and control system.
8. Central control unit that I can access via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so I can monitor and control watering, temperature, humidity and photoperiod remotely once I return to work and may have to be gone for a week+ at a time. :/
9. Research. Research. Research. Some reading. More research.

So yeah, 10 hours a day MINIMUM.. I've pulled several all-nighters when making any internal modifications as I wait until "lights out" to remove them so as not to disturb their photoperiod. I try to avoid any movement at all, but sometimes it simply cannot be avoided.

At the risk of laughter, and against my better judgement, here's the most recent picture. Just remember, it's a work in progress if there ever was one. Also, it's built on a disability budget, so it's mostly scavenged bits from what would otherwise be junk or trash. Believe it or not, this was a regular old coffee table just a little over two months ago. 7/14/15 marked it's slow transformation into this FrankenStrocity [yes, I just made that up] I call the Dungeon
9/17/15 2:24a.m. yes, I momentarily interrupted the photoperiod to bring you all the most recent haha. ...Get it?
9/17/15 2:24a.m. yes, I momentarily interrupted the photoperiod to bring you all the most recent haha. ...Get it?
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"The author of this post may or may not be shuffling to automated pharmacy ...hello? Hello? ... I forgot my wallet." 8-)

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By senti
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Joined:  Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:05 pm
I spend most of my time around my 2 new little pitcher plants ... I like to chat to them and keep them company .. as they are new .. as time goes on i hope to spend less time with them .. it seems to be working as they still look great .. but have only had them for a few days. Image
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By heathenpriest
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Joined:  Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:53 pm
Most days, I ignore my Flytraps unless they need watering, weeding, or dividing - or unless I'm cutting off seed pods or something. Same with my Purple Pitcher. They're all pretty self-sufficient. Other days, I spend a good bit of time either taking care of them or admiring them. Lately, I've gotten into Sundews, and since they're newer to me, I'm paying more attention to them to make sure I'm giving them what they need. They're also in shallower pots and water trays, so they need watering more often than the others.
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By stephen777
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Joined:  Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:45 am
Some days I spend no time, but probably the most I spend just looking at them would be about an hour, observing insects getting caught mainly... In winter though when I repot I sometimes spend like 5 hours every day for days on end repotting... the joys of having too many Sarrs lol
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By Mufasa
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Joined:  Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:45 am
not sure... i enjoy just going outside and misting the plants a couple times a day, often i'll have some projects, or new things i'll wanna keep an eye on... like, newly divided stuff, new plants, seedlings, etc... might end up as like an hour a day if i'm just watering, and don't have to pot some stuff, or something like that
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