Varun's (vraev) CP/Orchid terraria

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
Don't despair, we're here for you. It's taken me over 10 years to get some success with some of my parasitic plants. At least there are no squirrels inside (I hope and pray).
 

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member

Fungal relationships are complex. Fungicides may just kill the symbiotes.
 

MimiStew24

Carnivore
New plants from the recent group order. I really love the colour of the purps. Amazing. I hope I can keep it alive. Luckily we have a backup with someone else who has it.



N. macfarlenii always makes the biggest pitchers in the dark (was buried in between pots)

Is your Tank heated? Or you just keep it at room temperature with the the lights on the plants?
 
notice you pay $6.50 \gal. For distilled water. I use a 5 stage ro and the water is great ( especially on water that is already great out here in Vancouver)....one could buy a water distiller appliance (eg craigslist, marketplaces) and probably pay distilled water for 0.20/gallon. Also, anyone into leca/hydroton hydroponics for their house plants ? Seems many gardeners are trying that out for their plants witH great success...not sure for carnivorous plants though. Using clay, nano clay, one day they think they can grow fields of crop even in the desert. The secret is the right mix along with the right amount and kind of clay.
 

VarunA

Carnivore
Is your Tank heated? Or you just keep it at room temperature with the the lights on the plants?
At room temperature only. Heating isn’t really an issue with the lights I use.

notice you pay $6.50 \gal. For distilled water. I use a 5 stage ro and the water is great ( especially on water that is already great out here in Vancouver)....one could buy a water distiller appliance (eg craigslist, marketplaces) and probably pay distilled water for 0.20/gallon. Also, anyone into leca/hydroton hydroponics for their house plants ? Seems many gardeners are trying that out for their plants witH great success...not sure for carnivorous plants though. Using clay, nano clay, one day they think they can grow fields of crop even in the desert. The secret is the right mix along with the right amount and kind of clay.
Yes! I do have an RO system at home, but i once found that whenever i used it, the sphagnum didn’t like it and eventually showed signs of slime and algae. DI water helped me resolve it. My water is really hard and at A pH of 8+ in my city, So perhaps that has something to do with it as well. I did once buy a big bag of LECA from hydroponics store, but haven’t tried growing CPs with it. Issue could also be salt in some forms of clay formulations. I don’t know honestly. I did however see that some people on other forms have successfully used it...although they didn’t achieve the same success as traditional mixes. Keep in mind, plants need a lot of macro and micro nutrients for growth..same with CPs..this doesn;t include other beneficial microbes and commensals in the soil. There is a lot of suppplementation that would be required to get the same affect as growing them in regular CP mixes. I think it depends on the genera you are planning to use. Tomatoes..yes...CPs, I would be skeptical.
 

MimiStew24

Carnivore
At room temperature only. Heating isn’t really an issue with the lights I use.


Yes! I do have an RO system at home, but i once found that whenever i used it, the sphagnum didn’t like it and eventually showed signs of slime and algae. DI water helped me resolve it. My water is really hard and at A pH of 8+ in my city, So perhaps that has something to do with it as well. I did once buy a big bag of LECA from hydroponics store, but haven’t tried growing CPs with it. Issue could also be salt in some forms of clay formulations. I don’t know honestly. I did however see that some people on other forms have successfully used it...although they didn’t achieve the same success as traditional mixes. Keep in mind, plants need a lot of macro and micro nutrients for growth..same with CPs..this doesn;t include other beneficial microbes and commensals in the soil. There is a lot of suppplementation that would be required to get the same affect as growing them in regular CP mixes. I think it depends on the genera you are planning to use. Tomatoes..yes...CPs, I would be skeptical.
I use a single T5HO Sunblaster for my plants. And gives off a warm light as I can feel it.
maybe this Is enough for my plants at 20C.
Lights about 13/14inches away from the plants.

looks like everyone on here doesn’t use heat pads and rely on the lighting to heat the plants at room temperature.

I’ve got exo terra 24x18x18. I’m looking go pexi glass top vents to keep more warmth / humidity in there.
 

VarunA

Carnivore
I have used an exoterra 24" x 18 x 18 since 2013 as well. It was my primary tank for the longest time.

I used to grow my villosa for 6+ y in there. However, I recently had issues with plants not being happy and dying in there and lost a lot of valuable seedlings. I attributed it to high heat from the lighting + lack of humidity and probably conditions amenable to fungi.

I made a couple of changes: 1) I covered the open top with seran wrap. 2) I changed the lighting to a lower power but more "cooler" fixture that isn't as focalized 3) added a new fan at plant level that gets turned on during the day time.

Both together have raised humidity and I try my best to make sure I spray only twice a day at day time and once at evening before lights go off. I aim to now not water after the lights go off. All these helped, but keep in mind, I am not cooling my tank at all. the seran wrap does lock in the heat.



Only time will tell when the plants reach a critical size and stop effectively cycling their internal heat under the given conditions and require actual cooling.

 

VarunA

Carnivore

MimiStew24

Carnivore
Here are some pics of the plants in here

An interesting intermedia/upper on my glabrata. cool to see lowers and uppers (ish) on the same plant.

DSC_4826 by Varun Anipindi, on Flickr
DSC_4828 by Varun Anipindi, on Flickr
DSC_4829 by Varun Anipindi, on Flickr
DSC_4830 by Varun Anipindi, on Flickr
DSC_4831 by Varun Anipindi, on Flickr


A couple nice little N. mollis with some variation in between them.
DSC_4772 by Varun Anipindi, on Flickr
very impressed!!!!!!! Awesome!! You went for natural grow in substrate!
 

VarunA

Carnivore
Great pitchers. The cute little lids remind me of this commercial.

lol. Thanks ... yea. A field of baby pitchers is cute. Although my biggest bane is to keeping plants well into adulthood. All these plants are really easier when small and get harder as they grow older. I think it is the body mass of the plant and their needs for overnight cooling that have to be met Adequately.
very impressed!!!!!!! Awesome!! You went for natural grow in substrate!
I use a typical sphagnum, bark, perlite based mix for my neps.
 
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MimiStew24

Carnivore
I have used an exoterra 24" x 18 x 18 since 2013 as well. It was my primary tank for the longest time.

I used to grow my villosa for 6+ y in there. However, I recently had issues with plants not being happy and dying in there and lost a lot of valuable seedlings. I attributed it to high heat from the lighting + lack of humidity and probably conditions amenable to fungi.

I made a couple of changes: 1) I covered the open top with seran wrap. 2) I changed the lighting to a lower power but more "cooler" fixture that isn't as focalized 3) added a new fan at plant level that gets turned on during the day time.

Both together have raised humidity and I try my best to make sure I spray only twice a day at day time and once at evening before lights go off. I aim to now not water after the lights go off. All these helped, but keep in mind, I am not cooling my tank at all. the seran wrap does lock in the heat.



Only time will tell when the plants reach a critical size and stop effectively cycling their internal heat under the given conditions and require actual cooling.

mid that kitchen wrap over the top off the Terria?
 
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