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#1 SvenLittkowski

 
SvenLittkowski
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 13:03 PM

Hi,

I am living in Jamaica and want to grow Drosera and other carnivorous plants (seeds needed) and also water carnivores, all outside my home, under the real sky. I already got a large plastic pot (with bottom holes at the moment), and I collect my own rain water. I also mixed a - hopfefully acceptable - substrate:
- 50% Perlite
- 50% Mixture of equal parts of Peat Moss and Coconut-Shell Powder (the brown one)

But now I have questions about the best way of pot preparation.

1
Does it make sense, to have an empty vertical pipe in the substrate, to better see and controll the water level?

2
In Jamaica it rains seldom outside of the two annual rain seasons. Should I mount a transparent disc above, to prevent top water and rely only on my "ground water" in the pot?

3
Should I close the bottom holes in my pot to allow to raise the water within this pot to a certain level? Or should I keep the bottom holes and place this big pot inside a bigger pot who then functions as water-tight container for raising the water level to what's required?

4
Should the construction have a water lock-off at the bottom to allow to let out all water sometimes, in order to replace it with new, fresh water?

5
Up to how many centimerts below the substrate top level should the water level reach? The substrate is 27 cm tall, the diameter is33 cm.

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I am still desperately in need/search for carnivore seeds. Anyone able to send me seeds, is very welcome. Here in JM I can't buy any. But I offer tropical seeds for exchange!
I search seeds of variants of:
- Drosera
- Dionea
- Pinguicula
- Utricularia

I offer seeds of:
- Jamaican Callaloo
- Jamaican Sorrel
- Orchid Bush
- Orchid Tree
- Capsicum
- etc.

Question: how to upload an illustration for my thread?