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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-14-2010, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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i could use some help

Hello...i just picked up my first carnivorous plant yesterday, and i could use some help on what to do first. it is a sarracenia purpurea and i got it at on of the small plant stores here in Spokane.
first should i re-pot this plant or is the pot they sold it ok for now.
second i would like to grow this on my back deck (south side) and it get sun all day, is this ok not very humid out there. i do have 2 55 gal terrariums in my basement...but i realy do want to try a bog container garden on the back deck, and i want more as soon as i get this right.
So any help would just be great, as i am a bit confused doing searchs on the net...Thanks Rick

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-15-2010, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hello...did i not ask the right questions or is everyone just busy being summer and all, thanks

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I would put it on the deck, and maybe have a small 10g with glass hood to keep it humid. (?) This part of the forum is usually quite slow, just so you know.
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If the plant has filled out the pot, it might be time for a replant. If not, let it grow out some. I always keep mine in full sun. Put a decent sized tray underneath and don't let the water dry out of it. I top water in the summer too, and only water it from the tray in the winter when it goes dormant. As long as the tray doesn't dry out, it'll be fine. Top water for the pitchers if they start to look empty. Sarracenia aren't like Nepenthes in that they need that water added to the pitcher.

There's a couple of people that are really into CP's on this forum and they'll likely post more advice when they read the thread.

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Cool...thanks for both of your ideas, i will put in on my deck and will repot after this winter time and it is just a small thing, the pictures have not formed out yet.
It is not purple yet so i am guessing the i would need to limit the time each day that it is in full sun.
Alos i have been on this forum for a few months and this is the first place i go and i do know that it is a bit slow, and Thanks again Rick

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Hi Rick, just saw your post. Lycosa has given some very good advice.

You are correct to say you are going to SLOWLY acclimate your plant to full sun. If you are able to give it morning and evening sun (up till 10 AM and after 5 PM for about two days with bright shaded light between, and then upping the sun time by about an hour each day, you'll be fine.

As said before, keep your plant in a shallow dish filled with soft (less than 50 ppm TDS) water-rain water is ideal. Distilled/RO water is good too. This will provide all the humidity it needs. Don't fertilize ever. Let them eat bugs.

Make sure you use sphagnum peat moss when repotting. Either long fibered or milled works fine. If you want to use sand, make sure it is lime free silica sand. I almost killed all my CP when I didn't test the sand. It turned out to be almost pure limestone/dolomite. You can use Perlite if you wish, I don't. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perlite

If your plant is not bursting out of the pot, don't worry about repotting yet.

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One more thing Rick. I may have missed your post because the subject line is too general and doesn't mention anything about Carnivorous Plants. I could easily pass that by, and maybe others too.

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Hello...i thought about the headline after i posted it but i could not figure out how to change it, my bad.
thanks for the great info, the water wont be a problem as i have a couple of reef tanks so i pack my own RO unit.
Again i am now to these forums and just not sure on how to post right yet...but i did get the info that i was looking for, so far this site has been great...and i cant wait to expand my terrarium collection to more off the norm plants...Again Thanks Rick

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