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So i have a couple questions actualy, i hope you dont mind. First off i life on the central coast of california zone 16 i think, the weather here is very mild,the last frost was 4or5 years ago and wasand probly 5years before that so i grow most of my cp's outdoors exept for a nepenthis alba and a pinguicula  moranensis wich i riecently obtaind and hav in a 50 galon terarium with 3 other subtropical drosera. i just orderd a cephalotus wich should be here by the end of the week hopfuly. This being my first ceph i realy want it to be happy. I was wondering what your thoughts were on where i should grow it? I was planing on having it in my terarium because i figure i could keep a beter eye on it but would it do beter outdoors year round here? Also is there any tips or tricks to minimise transit shock? Superthrive maby? I orderd it from sarrecenia northwest so im not sure if they were greenhouse grown or not, the plants are established seedlings in 3in pots. What would be your ideal terarium set up for a 50 galon rectangle aquarium to grow the most wide range of cps? I want to have nepenthis,cephalotus,drosera, mexican pinguicula,and other random cp's in one tank. What temp range should i keep it in to keep all these plants happy? And how close should i keep my ceph and neps to the lights if im using a 4bulb t-5 set up? 8bulb set up? Im curently using an8 bulb t-5 set up right now because thats what i could get for free but i plan on downsizing to a 4 bulb set up when i can afford it. Lastly what spectrum do you recomend for all around plant growth? 2cool 2warm or 4bulbs ofwarm lights or 4bulb cool lights i think that would be blue and red spectrums. Thank you for your time and any help provided. Norman C. Much love from Cen Cal!

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Hello Norman, So happy you have plans to start growing your first 'Western Australia Pitcher Plant know I was and for me I have been growing CPS for many years BUT, only two years in trying the Ceps, because of the cost and just found them of good size, etc. I have great news for you, from everything you have stated about your set-up you are going to have little to NO problems in having thriving Ceps! I have found that most CPS and yes the Ceps. thrive with the 'Red spectrum but I have been using the, 48" fluorescent F40T12 I get at Lowes or Home Depot,and have been using these for over 10 years now with great great and thriving plants! I have three double tube fixtures with each tube 40 watt/1900 lumens! You will found that your Ceps enjoy fresh air from time to time but still need lots of humidity to thrive! The best conditions are with Day time Temps 75-88 degrees with night time temps. 50-70 degrees and I keep mine at about 65%-75% humidity and even your sundews will thrive with great humidity I have found! I have my lighting about 6"-12" from the tops of my CPs for the best coloring! I grow all my CPs in terrarium something 'Sarrecenia Northwest' don't a prove of but these guys have some great plants for I have ordered many from them! I hope is helps you and if I can help after your plant is planted please let me know! Your friend, Dan #Daniel Lee Bowen#

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Daniel Lee Bowen

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SOME HAVE CALLED ME THE TERRARIUM EXPERT BECAUSE OF HAVING OVER 50 YEARS IN THIS WONDERFUL HOBBY. NOW WITH MY GREAT TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE AND KEEP THE BEST LOOKING CARNIVOROUS PLANTS AND A LIST OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS BEST SUITED TO USE IN YOUR TERRARIUM. IF YOU NEED HELP OR INFO. ON HOW TO GROW OR SET-UP YOUR OWN TERRARIUM THEN I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU. NOW WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS OF SET-UP WITH CARE STEPS OF GREAT INFO. AND THE RIGHT CARNIVOROUS PLANTS FROM GREAT GROWER YOU TOO WILL HAVE THOSE THRIVING COLORFUL PLANTS YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED INSIDE YOUR TERRARIUM!

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I have been joying growing many species of carnivorous plants and in the study as to how best to get them to thrive in different kinds of terrariums set-ups. I have be in this wonderful hobby for well over 50 years now and I have faced all kind of problems head on and thru learning how to grow carnivorous plants with the right kind of lighting thru great set ups that support and protect long term care. I started this wonderful hobby by growing my first Venus Flytrap at the age of 6 and today at the age of 59 I now have well over 600 thriving carnivorous plants. I face questions and answers all the time with my friends on line and all of them tell me I should be doing this kind of support work and please note, I'm not here to sell anything but to give help to whom ever needs it. Please let me know if I can help, Thanks!

Organizations
I'm the host of "How to Garden Work Shop" Lowes at 7848 Hw 35 North San Antonio, Texas where we meet every Sat. from 10AM-12PM Also work as a Garden Pro. Wed. thru Sun. I'm starting the first 'Carnivorous Plant Club' in Texas with the great help from some kind garden clubs outside the state. Have it up and running by July 2014 so if you are wanting to join please sign up now for field trips and many work shops and how to shops with a lot of good stuff coming up soon.

Publications
Author of, 'A Carnivorous Planted Terrarium' found at 'Barns & Nobles' finer book stores rated my book at 4 1/2 stars. I have five other books under my belt and working on my next to be out in Oct. 2012

Education/Credentials
B.S. Math/accounting 1974 Owned D & R Design a large landscaping & Pool co. for 34 years Carnivorous plants have been a big part of my life 1961-2012

Awards and Honors
I recieved "The Best in Swimming Pool Design" from 'Better Homes and Garden" with a four page layout and story in 1996 and again with story and layout in 1999 I also recieved "The Best in design of a Pond and Water fall" First place 'Better Homes & Garden' with a three page spead in 2001 and again in 2003 'First place' also for Best landscaping Design award with "The Mcallen Garden Club" for the following years, 1990,1992, 1995, 1997 and in 1999

Past/Present Clients
I have well over 20,000 past clients and all from Texas. I'm retired but still take on some pool, pond, waterfall, lighting and landscaping design work

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