my sundews, flytraps & pitcher plants are outgrowing the pots they came
in. i'd like to transplant them into a terrarium so i can install a
growlight & keep the humidity up. currently they're on my kitchen
windowsill, which has good light for them but is right over the propane
tank & water heater vent. that can't be good for them.
what soil mix should i use for a terrarium? how deep should it be? once
established in the terrarium should i arrange for a winter dormancy
period? my round leaved sundew (drosera rotundifolia) is the only one
that has ever gone dormant, apparently being more day length sensitive
that the rest of my collection. it just broke dormancy about 3 weeks ago.
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So far the "little terrarium" in my office only used about 0.75 or 1
inch thick of soil mix. They are doing fine, but I think I might need
to use thicker mix. I am using the transparent plastic container
(sold in pet stores for hamsters or mice) for my terrarium. I do not
put the cover on -- the Sarracenia flava and S. leucophylla outgrew
I moved the terrarium from office (air-conditioned and dry; not much
preferred by carnivorous plants) home in the front yard, from middle
November to middle February as the dormancy period (I am in Seattle
area). I grew flytrap (regular and red dragon), S. flava, S.
leucophylla and S. purpurea in one terrarium.
From the books and web sites I have read, yes, they need a dormancy
period. Not sure about the Sarracenias, but for flytraps, if you do
not provide a dormancy period, they probably cannot survive more than
two years, and they might not grow well.
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