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insulation

  1. swords

    Mylar, Panda Film, reflective insulation, oh my...

    I'm getting ready to build my new plant shelf and wondering what would be the best thing to use for a reflective covering? I've looked at Mylar which is mirror finish foil like stuff and then something called "Panda Film" which is waterproof, bright white inside and light blocking black...
  2. swords

    Highland chamber design

    I've been out of Neps for a couple years but after starting with Lithops and Cacti I've gotten the plants back in the blood! So this is the highland Nep/Orchid & CP chamber I want to setup, I will have 3 times the floor space of my old highland chamber with this design and mounted mini orchids...
  3. swords

    New highland chamber design, thinking about lighting...

    Well I couldn't stay unpotted for long, I've been percolating the idea of a new highland nep/orchid/cp chamber here's the initial blue prints: The shelves are 4 ft L x 2 ft W x 6 ft H - spaced 2 ft apart Braces/frame will be built of 1" x 4" pine The actual shelves will be egg crate to allow...
  4. swords

    Tiny succulents under lights?

    I'm wondering if any of you are growing small succulents under lights? If you grow them indoors, what kind of lamps do you use, do you set it for 12/12 or other? Some plants I've got are colored obviously from intense light and not genetics (some are obviously genetics) but I wanted to know if...
  5. DroseraBug

    Highland Chamber Series

    Hi, Wanted to shared my highland chamber with you folks. I welcome suggestions, criticism and ideas. I built this from top to bottom out of wood, 1/4" plexiglass, metal, and glass. The frame is cast iron. The table is wood with outdoor water resistent paint. I used spare treated wood in...
  6. DroseraBug

    My Highland Chamber Attempt

    This is my attempt at building a highland chamber. It is not finished yet but 3/4 of the way done. If I fail at getting the temps where I want them in the summer I'll just use it as a normal grow shelf. I've still got the add some insulation and panda film to the sides and need to figure out...
  7. J

    Sensitive Heli

    So I have a H. Minor (or I think) it was doing great when I got it from Thrb(not cool enough) so it was growing and so on.. Then it got warm say 72F all day with a minimal nightly drop. The pitchers started dying back then after awhile I got frustrated threw it on my diffused windowsill with the...
  8. ilbasso

    Cranberry Bog Photos (LOTS of pics)

    Unfortunately, I only had about a half an hour on the island and it was part of a guided tour group so I was limited by what I could do (or what I could get away with doing). Unfortunately the tour took place at midday which is the WORST time to photograph outdoors. For those that don't know...
  9. Veronis

    VFT Dormancy in PA (early, I know)

    I've read a lot on dormancy but the information I've read is kinda general. I've got other care info down pat for VFT's at this point, but this one is still a big hole for me, so I'd like to fill it. I seem to really have two dormancy options. (I'm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 90 miles west of...
  10. H

    Any way to tell if my Sarracenia's done for?

    We've had something of a brutal spring here in central IL (temperatures hovering below 40), but those sorts of days come unexpectedly. When I went home for spring break, I took the insulation off of my sarracenia, a judith hindle hybrid. Over the course of that week, we had a rain then a frost...
  11. Clint

    Help with planting Darlingtonia on a stream.

    Alright. So I've got about... I'd say 30 Darlingtonia (If I split up some clumps) with more on the way. I want to plant them on the bank of the little creek at our cabin in the mountains. I was going to plant them directly in the soil that's already there, but I've got a BUTTLOAD of peat that...
  12. Ozzy

    Kingsnake Kills Cable Snake

    You heard me right my kingsnake Lucy killed and tryed to eat a cable snake. I have pics and a video to prove it. That's right she attacked the cable going to my tv. I saw she had already bitten through the insulation and it would have to be cut and replaced anyway so I went ahead and cut it...
  13. MrFlyTrap2

    The Vault - My new home... (pics!)

    First the sob story, recently I had to move to a new location, the move coupled with a new setup ended up being a total disaster for my plants. I was close to loosing everything, all my dews, all my Neps, all my tropicals, even my fish... it was horrible. No matter what, I couldn't get the...
  14. B

    Great Stuff foam

    Has anyone had experience using this stuff? (It's Door/Window insulation foam) It's mostly used for backgrounds but I've seen it used on the floor of vivariums before. I was gunna spray it about 6 inches deep and use a hole saw to cut out holes for potted plants. Then put like a 1 inch hole...
  15. C

    Spotlight on vermiculite

    Thought I would pass along an article from the November/December issue of How-To Gardening. ccgpro Spotlight on vermiculite Is vermiculite safe for houseplants? If not, what's a good substitute? -Ruth Allen, Snohomish, WA. Vermiculite doesn't pose a threat to plants. It's humans who are at...
  16. noah

    Survey of shipping methods

    Hi All, I'm the editor of Drummondii, the quarterly NASC newsletter. I'm working on an article for the upcoming edition outlining best practices when it comes to shipping Sarracenia in the mail (legalities included). To ensure that the content reflects the experiences of more than just a few...
  17. N

    Winterizing outdoor plants

    So our high temperatures dropped below seventy degrees this week and it made me realize that fall is fast approaching. I've been growing CPs indoors for a few doors but put together a small outdoor CP garden for the first time this past spring. So this is the first time I've had to think about...
  18. bohdisatfa

    Solexx vs. Polyethelene, Polycarbonate, . . .

    . . . Poly wanna cracker . . . Hiya All- My missus and I wanna put up a greenhouse in the backyard (of course i'm the one doing all the research) and I was thinking of going with a Solexx GH. It supposedly has a great insulation properties (check out website), guaranteed for 8 years, does no...
  19. scottychaos

    Need a new dormancy method this year.

    My Carnivorous plant collection is coming up on its 12th winter.. As a bachelor, I had no problems storing my plants for the winter, because I had my own refridgerator! I could stuff it with plants. (see this thread for the background on my CP dormancy)...
  20. 7santiago

    Snow insulation?

    Last year i insulated by bog by using snow. I made a gigantic mountain about eight feet high. Every two weeks it snowed, and the pile that was reduced to 5 feet was refueled. Then in spring the snow melted and i got some pretty S. leocophyllia tarnoc flowers (i realy wish i had taken pictures)...
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