Post by theplantconnoisseur on Jul 23, 2010 2:40:22 GMT 7
See the thing is i dont over do it like a lot of other people. people say u gotta do everything perfect or these plants wont live. no true in my case. yes i do have drain holes at the bottom of my pot. i should of said a drain hole(singular). and my mix i peat and perlite but! wen i was making the mix i 4 got to put a lot of perlite so the mix is mostly peat and a small amount of perlite. i just recently introduced them into early sun and evening sun by putting it in its current location. this is good because the can grow either way (partial or direct lighting) but direct isnt encouraged because of its heat out put. so morning isnt to hot and evening sun is still warm but not burning! so when u give it this mix or partial to direct, it will start to produce large and colorful pitchers. because of the pot its hard to do the water method so i dont do it, plus its not a good idea for these types unless the water is moving or something, like a stream. and something people always say is the key to growing cobra plants is to water them with cold water and put ice on top of the substrate to keep the soil temperature down and cool. this is true, but! it doesnt have to be done on a daily basis. i dont it once a week or sometimes i dont even do it. and i dont even water my plants everyday, i water wen i fell the soil is starting to dry or doesnt have that bog felling. it all depends on location, climate, and what nature does.
i hope this takes a lot of stress of people that want to grow this plant but are shy'd away because of the complexity of care. if u want to go all out and do everything. thats fine it just means you'll have a super healthy happy plant. but if u dont do it, it doesnt mean ur plant will be mad and die on u. it will still be happy and grow but may not be as the same as a plant with extreme care given.
so if ur a beginner u could try to relax or go all out to get a fell for it then gradually adjust yourself to growing plant and getting experience before moving away from whats advised.
Post by theplantconnoisseur on Oct 16, 2010 22:38:36 GMT 7
thanks! ;D these plants put out runners like crazy though! i had no idea they did that. i saw that they have like 5 runner's popping out of the ground and i was like whoa more plants yes! i wish all carnivorous plants have runners
Post by sirkristoff on Jun 21, 2011 11:53:56 GMT 7
Kevin - Your post saying you dont over do things, well of course you dont have to. We are in the perfect climate for these plants, afterall we are just a few hundred miles north of their habitat, not to mention we we are in the same climate zone, we are gifted with warm days in the summer (usually xD) and cool nights into the 40s-50s even if it reaches 100+ outside... They are hardier than people give them credit for, but we can not really talk on this matter since we are spoiled with our location....