March232014

stickytraps asked: I really like the look of your new Nepenthes terrarium! What are the dimensions, and what sort of mister / cooler are you using? Is it a reptile / frog misting unit? Would you use tap water in that, or cleaned rainwater (algae may be problem??) Sorry for all the questions - it's such a tempting set-up! Sure it will give you great results. Cheers!

Hi, it’s an ‘Exo Terra’ terrarium is 45cm deep, 60cm tall and 60cm wide, and I recently picked it up for next to nothing out of a classified ad. It came with a three bulb cover and a mesh lid. I am currently fitting a perspex cover to the mesh lid to seal in the humidity, leaving the mesh as I found that it further defuses the mist. The mister is ‘Repti Fogger’ which I purchased off eBay last year and it is perfect as it produces huge amounts of mist and is very low maintenance. I only use rain water in the fogger / mister. I’ve not had any problem with algae, but do religiously clean the fogger every time I refill it with rain water. I was tempted with a cooler but have not found it necessary yet, the drop in temp when I turn off the lights and flood the tank with mist appears to be sufficient for the neps. The only further additions that I need to make are cutting another hole in the lid for a vent and possibly some extra lighting and perhaps a temp / humidity monitor so I can monitor the highs and lows. I’m hoping to post more photos soon, thanks for following and taking the time to contact me. Happy growing!

1PM

Just a quick test of the mister in the terrarium before I cut more holes in the lid for a cooling fan and then screw it all in place. Seems to be working well.

4AM

Part way thro setting up my new nepenthes highland terrarium, more grow room for my little monsters.

Need to cut holes in the Perspex cover today for inlets for the mister and a cooling fan. Then it’s time to clean up the old fishtank I was using and either plant that up with drosera or sun pitchers not sure which yet.

March202014
Drosera waking up an stretching its arms and grabbing some flies

Drosera waking up an stretching its arms and grabbing some flies

March172014

nopenothanks:

Kokedama is a Japanese art form that satisfies my deep lust for plants, crafts, round things and hanging things.  Instructions here.

What an amazing way of displaying plants, I just love this!

(via horticulturehaze)

March162014

The moss wall is coming to life, I’m all excited again!

March102014
The flowers on my nepenthes Rebecca have started to form. I’m totally amazed that I have flowers as the plants sits on a windowsill and does get very humid at all except for the once every other day spray from a water squirter.

The flowers on my nepenthes Rebecca have started to form. I’m totally amazed that I have flowers as the plants sits on a windowsill and does get very humid at all except for the once every other day spray from a water squirter.

March92014

The Venus flytrap gardens have survived well thro the winter. Interesting how the royal reds died back down totally and the others remained green and healthy and ready to feed all winter. Perhaps it’s an age thing.

10AM
Wow I think it’s getting a little warm in my glasshouse.

Wow I think it’s getting a little warm in my glasshouse.

March12014

33 darlingtonia, or cobra lillys, pricked out and planted in a new bog garden.

The first blurred photo is the tray of seed grow cobras, the second and third show their new home. The bog is made from a layer of clay pebbles a layer or horticultural sand followed by a layer per perlite covered with a growing medium of sand perlite and peat. The v shape is the pond or reservoir and it is lined with capillary matting with a base layer of clay pebbles and sand, then filled with old moss from the seed tray and filled with water.

That was a rewarding hour spent in the garden, the suns out and the birds are singing. Happy growing to you and thanks for visiting.

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