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    My 'test' light setup I'm playing around with is in a 30cmx20cm tank lined with mylar. I'm only using half of it - so estimate a 20cm x 15cm area that contains two small pots with drosera aliciae in them. Both were repotted from a crowded pot. Neither looks very well at the moment - probably because I keep experimenting on them ;-) both are about 10cm from the lights balanced on upturned plant pots.

     

    The lights. Both on the same heatsink (20cm x 8cm) - I have 5 lots of 20cm 5050 led 'grow' strips with the red/blue leds. Claims to be 14.4w per meter. I also have 4x 3W COB leds (6500k).

     

    I can run either or both.

     

    Is either suitable for the two small pots? Is running both better? Is running the red/blue better? Is running the white better?

     

    This setup is really just me playing around with LEDs and improving my soldering skills but I'd like to ultimately use this setup or one similar with more power across the small tank as a propagation/small plant tank especially for winter growing plants. Any advice from the group would be welcome. I find LED threads have some great ideas, but are hazy on just how much light is required.
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    The light itself uses 1m of grow LED strip, cut into 5x20cm strips and soldered back together. This claims 14.4W of light in the ranges plants need. The white LEDs are all 3W COB LEDs of 6500k. The whole thing looks very very bright to me, but I've no idea if my plants would like it. I'm planning on growing chilli seedlings in it with some also on my window sill in the same room, see if there is any difference. If I ever get satisfied it works its going to be a germination/seedling tank for carns - probably cephalotus as I'm a bit obsessed with getting cuttings from mine. The heatsink does get quite warm. I've added a PC case fan powered from the 12v adaptor thats powering the strips and this seems to work quite well at keeping things cool.

     

    I'd love to hear peoples thoughts - even if you're just telling me its not suitable. It was/is only ever really meant as an experiment in LEDs and electronics as its been a very long time since I've done anything in this area.

  1. Disaster! My greenhouse has been flattened by the recent storm. f5cadf2f49d5d63e63c7480d6ae72d3f.jpg It's even moved a foot! 213bfeba267a5dae01946c30a0fcbf3b.jpg7d8f9dcf23e144bef26586b0d33f8458.jpgf8cb61a97f2bcb8268db4a07330079eb.jpg

    This one could barely stand being touched let alone being in a 45mph wind!

    Luckily my stronger greenhouse, used in the summer for tomatoes, has survived and they have been temporally stored there. But the other greenhouse may be beyond repair I suppose the stronger greenhouse will be their new home.

    Source: Respect the wind with a weak greenhouse

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    Have a small excess of Darlingtonia seed and i would be interested to see if anyone would like some of it let me know if you are interested and i will let you know how to recieve some there is no charge for the seed but if you send me a self addressed stamped envelope ill send the seed, how much seed you get will depend on how many people would like some LA guys and ladies of course Pirate. Please do not ask if you intend to sell them on, i was donated two cephalotus and its my way of helping people to get a plant they may not be able to afford thanks

  2. I guess I'm not alone in finding this hobby taking over my life! What started out as a cute idea for a novelty plant that might help keep down a few flies (which thankfully disappeared the day before the first CPs arrived) is taking on a life of its own.

    My latest thought, mainly motivated by the lack of space in the house, was to look into an outdoor bog garden. I reckon I'll have to wait until the spring for this, it's probably not the time of year now, but I can start dreaming. Also, being the impetuous type, once I've come up with an idea, I have to check it out right away. So, I went to the Bog Gardens section of the site with the intention of asking a question, and found that several people had got there before me. Great, means there are answers already!

    In particular, I found this excellent thread started by Floydsdad. This had several advantages for me over the other posts there. First, it was started last January, way before I got into this hobby, and has been updated ever since, so there's a good follow-up. Secondly, he's added loads of photos, so we can see what he did. Thirdly, and maybe most important for me (psychologically at least), he only lives a few miles away, so I can have confidence that if his bog garden can survive here in tropical sunny (ahem) Manchester.

    So, off to the phrontistery (fancy word for a place where you go to think) to plan this out. Hopefully I'll keep a record of what I did here.

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    Hello all who stumble across this. . . . . ..

    I originally read an interesting post by NialFM and rather than fill that with nonsense I thought it best to start this blog and link it from there

    Producing plantlets of VFT and drosera via water immersion technique

    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=55419

    So, what's going on here?

    - After reading the above experiment I decided to have a pop myself. I have the time and patience so why not?

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    Hello!

    Welcome to Lucas' (Nepenthes Lowii's) new Blog!

    In this blog, you will see many things, mainly carnivorous plants, but also things like aquariums, and pet snakes!

    Thanks,

    Lucas

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    Next time I'll post a time lapse

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    NateCarnivore
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    Must be in USA!!! Plz comment

  3. Well it has been fun getting my little Drosera capensis from seed to flower.

    Planted first set of successful seeds on 2nd October 2013.

    Germinated on 25th October 2013.

    First true leaves 5th November 2013.

    First flower spike seen 28th June 2014.

    Now between the sowing of the seeds and the flower I had fungal problems, mishap with environmental change and fungus gnats but I have now some very healthy and strong plants. Now thanks to a kind member on the site I have more than enough seeds to fill my house a hundred times over with Drosera.

    Things I will be trying in the coming months and in the new growing season:

    Leaf Cuttings.

    Different types of growing media.

    A large scale Drosera setup.

    Wild moss types as surface cover.

    All in good time but hope to have some on the go very soon.

  4. NateCarnivore
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    look at this: lance leaf sundew

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    These plants have grown outside in Kendal cumbria, in my bog bath. large clumps going spare. To good to compost, anyone want them?

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    I'm not very good with plants and the ones I've ever taken care of are ones pushed onto me unwillingy by other people. As you can imagine, someone who is forced to take care of something is not going to enjoy it and has a higher probably of failing than someone who is highly motivated to suceed.

    This is the first time I've ever wanted to take care of a plant AND suceed. I've always been fascinated with carnivorous plants and I've always hated bugs. I like things that serve both function and decor. A plant that is beautiful AND kills bugs/can dispose of the bugs I kill? Can 1+1 = 2 any better?

    I'm a caregiver and my grandmother doesn't speak English (sometimes pretends not to speak English to get away with doing things she shouldn't). One such thing is closing the screen door during the summer when she likes to sit outside on the porch thus letting in my most hated enemies (aside from sleep deprivation and boredom)...bugs!

    At least this time I'll have a pretty sidekick who could benefit from me killing all those pesky things if the little guy doesn't kill them him/herself! Haha!

    So, during the last week of January I finally did it! I bought my first carnivorous plant - a Pinguicula (P. Laueana CP3 - the one with the disposition to have pink leaves). So pretty and just the right size for a room that has no room (because my grandmother and godmother are hoarders).

    My first mishap started within minutes of receiving the little one. When I removed the moss surrounding it I did not expected for it to FALL out of the pot in a tiny clump! It was a heart-in-mouth moment for me! Fortunately the fall wasn't a big one but I was afraid the fall had upset the roots.

    I was so freaked out that I called the nursery I ordered it from and the poor guy on the phone calmed me down saying that it was bare-root and that plants are tougher than we think. I hope he's right because so far I've been fussing and worrying about my little guy but more on that later. xD

  5. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/flood-warnings-issued-in-droughthit-areas-on-wettest-day-of-the-year-7678653.html

    So, we are having a drought that is, without fail, the wettest drought i have ever seen...

    24 flood warnings and counting, and i can pretty much guarantee that Hillsborough, just down the road from me, will have something akin to flooded streets.

    All you with water butts, enjoy yourselves. Everyone else, take care!

    Dan

    Source: The Wettest Drought!

    P.S I didn't forget my blog!

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    Lutz Pludra kindly offered to write a page about tuberous sundews.

    It can be seen here: http://www.growsundews.com/sundews/Tuberous_sundews-general_survey_for_growing_tuberous_Drosera.html

    We are working on finalizing the page now, so any input and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If you have pictures you'd like to add to the page, please let me know.

    A few sample pictures:

    Drosera menzisii var. basiflora in bloom

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    Tubers of Drosera stolinifera

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  6. I did this 5 mile walk on the 19th May 2011. The walk starts in Madeley, a village in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire. Nice walk over farmland with lots of different livestock.

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  7. New and improved Gallery, easy to use so please give it a go and show us your photos.

    Click on the Gallery tab and then click the Upload button. (see photo)

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    Click on New Album and create a new one or Select Album and choose one you already have (see photo)

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    Click To Attach Files and pick the photos you want to upload from your computer. (see photo)

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    Click on Review & Publish (see photo) On the next screen fill in any details you want then click publish

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    You should now be building up an album of your photos. Make as many albums as you like.

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