I live in the Russia, in the middle Siberia. I grow carnivorous plants about 5 years. I have bought first my plant in Singapore 6 years ago, it has lived only 3 months, unfortunately. Then I tried to buy a fly-trap at Trev from Ireland, through the Internet, but he has not sold to me a plants. A year later I nevertheless have got 3 venus flytraps, 1 sarracenia plant and 1 nepenthes in Holland, since then plants at me have started to grow and educe very fruitfully. In February, 2007 I have decided to grow carnivorous plants and orchids in the one florarium, having united a terrarium and an orchidarium. I call it the orchiterrarium.
I wish to tell about my orchiterrarium. I am sorry for my bad English.
Construction. My orchiterrarium is made of a glass trading show-window. It dimensions is 80cm length x 50cm width x 130cm height. It is divided inside into 2 tight parts that the distilled water carnivorous plants did not blend whith the fertilised water for orchids. In a bottom of a terrarium two foramens for plum of waters. Orcid's part is had vertically, and occupies a back side of a orchiterrarium, the carnivorous part occupies the inferior horizontal part of a terrarium. They are divided among themselves by the glass septums glued by silicone.
Substrate. In a terrarium-part I use only pure longfiber peatmoss, a layer depth 15 cm. 5 years all my carnivorous plants fine grow in a pure peatmoss, the minus of a peatmoss is necessity to change it every year. In a orchidarium-part a substrate is the mix of a pine bark, charcoal and it is not enough moss.
Light. Osram L 36W/765 - 3 lamps (827), Comtech Fl 26 36/840 G 13 - 3 lamps (840) and Osram fluora 77 - 2 lamps. Lamps are had in two fixtures on 4 lamps, and locate from two sides of a terrarium, vertically. On terrarium top locate the third fixture containing of 7 - T4 28W lamps: 4 lamps a cold white light (840) and 3 lamps of a warm white lite (827). This is light enough for very well growing of Vandas. The pitcher of carnivorous plant is red inside.
Watering. I watering carnivorous plants with a distilled water, which I do by "Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Tap Water Purifier", water turns out good and already almost year of a plant grow on it well. I watering orchids with ordinary water, fertilizings. The ultrasonic humidifier is connected to an orchiterrarium through a hose. Humidity is sustained in him from 50 % in the afternoon, to 70 % at night. I have computer cooler 12 cm in diameter for an air circulacion iside.
Light, ultrasonic humidifier, cooler are power up or down by a timer.
Dormancy. I tried to create all pathes conditions for a dormancy of carnivorous plants, illumination decrease (it is easy for making) and a cold. To lower temperature in a terrarium, even after connection of a refrigerator it was not possible to me. Therefore I have simply moved all carnivorous plants requiring a dormancy to the tight plastic big container and have placed for 3 months in a refrigerator. After 1 month of hibernation in refrigerator they condition is very nice.
Some about my plants: a lot of Dionaea muscipula, many Sarracenias purpurea, 2 Nepenthes (alata, ventrata), my new little cefalotus and heliamphora. Orchids: phalaenopsis, cattleya, chiloschista, ascocenda, vanda, colmonara, lealia, tolumnia, sophrontis, schoenorhis, howeara, denrobium, paphiopedilium... all 30 species (mainly miniature species).
Edited by Akhenaten, 03 January 2008 - 16:53 PM.