Hello everyone, looking forward to learn from you. In his book, Peter D'amato gives the example of a dark apartment in Quebec City as a difficult place to grow carnivorous plants, and that is exactly my situation! My challenge is to provide light and humidity to my beloved CPs while keeping the place nice to live in for their human caretaker. The only CPs you find here are Venus flytraps and the occasionnal nepenthes ventrata. I bought a few more in Montreal, at the Botanical Garden. I would very much like to add rarer plants to my collection! If there are other CP lovers in the area, maybe we can start a club?
Bienvenue à bord. J'habite aussi Québec, près des ponts.
I'll continue in english for the benefit of other members.
First, be aware that it is not easy to grow CP in Quebec City. I don't want to discourage you, only be realistic. To make thing easier, you would need a South or SE/SO window that do not get shaded by trees in Summer. If not, you will need artificial lights, lots of them and as you see, it is not always easy to get it look nice. Here's a thread of another Qc member who has done something nice
For temperate cps, you'll need a place to wintereized them. Over the years, I tried to let a few outside and the difference between Montreal and Quebec is noticeable. Not much Cps do it outside here ... even with the snow cover so I'm putting them inside an unheated garage. They take a 6 feet X 6 feet spot and (in Spring and Autumn) I have to get them out when the temperature is nice and bring them in when it is too cold.
For inside growing, there was plants everywhere around the windows with extra fluorescents so ... after a time, I build a 8 X 10 grow room. That way, all the plants sit in the same spot and I can put as much light as they need.
Also, relative humidity is a problem in Winter because of heating. So I'm growing almost all my Cps, even non tropical one in tank or under dome. It doesn't seem usual and it is not nice to the eyes but seem a necessity for me and have nice success that way. Some easy nepenthes can be kept at room humidity without problem.
What I would recommend is to choose wisely the Cps you want and see first if you can give them the care they need. Afterward, find a place/corner to put a rack with 3-4 shelves. Each shelves should be large enough to that kind of tray
Or, if you want to make it nicer, buy an aquarium from kijjiji (to one that have higher sides), put a glass cover on it and put the light directly on top. For this, to prevent heat build in the tank, I suggest T8 over T5. T8 fluorescents do not produce heat (it is the balast that does). In Summer, you leave the cover or the dome crack open and in Winter, you close it. The goal is not to keep the plants in tropical conditions (so no water dripping on the glass) but to keep the humidity higher.
Sooo, good luck.
I'm really busy at them moment but will sometime sell some stuff. Otherwise, member Bonfield is the way to go to start your collection.
I have had a few plants for a about two years, including a drosera I grew from the seed. They are under artificial light but all at normal room humidity. Fortunately, my apartment doesn't get too dry thanks to a big turtle tank evaporating and electronic thermostats. My mexican ping, two droseras and nepenthes are doing well, though probably not as well as they would in a hothouse. I do consider my needs for a nice dwelling as well as the plants' needs, although I would run to buy a terrrium if I had any chance to acquire an heliamphora ,
My main problem is my venus fly trap. I tried to put it in the fridge for the winter but only a baby clump at the base of the main plant survived. My main challenges at this time are to figure out the best feeding regimen and what to do with my venus flytrap next winter.
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
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