First of all apologies for being not so active writing here but I have my reasons. I had the worst flu I've ever had with some fever(not Bieber fever, Justin Bieber visited Finland recently though and a friend of mine went to his concert and liked it) so I really had no energy to update this blog. I've also traveled a bit and working on some other important projects.
Summer is luckily just around the corner here in eastern Finland. Weather forecast shows that during next 10 days temperatures will range between +8 °C(46.4°F) and +15°C(59°F) during days and during nights between -1(30.2°F) and +5°C(41
). In May I will move the main part of my collection to the greenhouse again and also receive some of the plants that I have already booked.
Now for the main course. I have a new terraria. This old aquarium is about 74 cm (29.1") long, 33 cm (12.9") wide and 36 cm (14.2") high so it can hold in about 85 liters of water, which is roughly 22.5 US gallons. Total price for this used aluminium framed aquarium with fluorescent light with a plant tube and a 80 cm(31.5") high table was just 35 euros which equals 46 USD.
How the terraria looked soon after buying it.
The only things I really needed to add for this to work better with my plants were three walls and bottom of the terraria, which got aluminium foil cover to reflect light back to plants and make the terraria more eco friendly. Only things I need to make it work even better are the glass cover which I'm going to purchase when I have time during the next week, a PC fan from my old terrarium, a hygrometer and a thermometer. Without the glass cover humidity seems to stay between 50 and 60%, and I think my lowland nepenthes will appreciate higher humidity levels.
For now I've moved my Nepenthes pitcher plants into this new terraria. In their older growth space my Nepenthes didn't receive enough light nor humidity and that's why they look really sick now. The older terraria for Nepenthes was planned to be only temporary terrarium for them but my plans changed just a bit.
Nepenthes 'Rebecca Soper' looking a bit anemic. It will start pitcher production soon I hope.
N. albomarginata, rafflesiana, x 'Ventrata' and Utricularia longifolia settling to their new growth space.
Trying something artistic with N. ampullaria 'Brunei Red x Harlequin'
D. omissa x pulchella flowered again. Seriously, this is the easiest pygmy sundew I know. Maybe someday I could get few more easy to grow pygmy sundews. Any recommendations about which plants would fit in my criteria?
Now after lot of reading let me introduce you to my new plants.
D. intermedia x filiformis
D. x 'obovata'
G. flexuosa 'Furnas, Minas Gerais'
G. roraimensis 'Cerro Huachamacari'
U. minutissima 'Gunung Jerai'
U. minutissima 'Gunung Tahan'
U. spec. Hermanus
Thank you Krzysztof Ciesielski!
After a while my all new terraria looked like this:
I think I already need to get second and even third old aquarium to transform into a terraria. Two other terraria I have are two plastic storage boxes covered with aluminium foil, lit by megaman plant ESL with so far good results.
Couple of D. paradoxa are at last warming up to each other and are flowering at the same time. Hope to have seeds if I succeed in cross pollinating them.
Brocchinia reducta will be in terraria for a while until I will move it on my windowsill and greenhouse.
The 5 Genlisea cousins, from top left corner clockwise G. hispidula, G. filiformis, G. roraimensis 'Cerro Huachamari', G. flexuosa 'Furnas, Minas Gerais, Brazil' and G. aurea. lower corner of this pic there are also 2 blurry soon to bloom D. tomentosas.
As we Finns say in form of an old folk poem which was kind of a rule of when there's summer in Finland:
Kuu kiurusta kesään
puoli kuuta peipposesta
pääskysestä ei päivääkään.
or in English:
Moon to summer from skylark
half moon less from finch
from wagtail not too long
from swallow not a day.
The swallows have returned to Finland, so in other words summer is also here here. In summer I will again take most of my collection outdoors or to greenhouse. I have made blueprints for my bog garden and will soon turn it into reality.
We get more light and plants start to grow better after a long winter so there will me more updates and it will surely not take me another 2 months or how long was it again, to make a new blog post.
Happy growing. Give lots of sunlight to your plants and also to yourself!
About the Finn in the other end of the cable
- Eastern Finland, Finland
- Hello and thank you for visiting my blog! I'm DW and I'm 19 years old Finnish guy who has grown carnivorous plants since 2009 alongside with orchids, bromeliads, cacti and chilies. Besides growing plants I keep this blog, take photos, cook, read books and watch movies. At the moment I'm highschool graduate studying audiovisual communication in career college. For contacts my e-mail address is kihokki01[at]gmail[dot]com. You can also find here my grow list and want list