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Hey there! My cephs are doing great thank u for the great info. I purchased a heliamphora heterodoxa x minor since we chated last. My question this time is what are the easier species of helis for terrarium growth? I read that hybrids are more forgiving than pure species, is this true? Any tips on keeping it happy? I mist it often and its under a 4bulb t-5 set up in a 55 gal terrarium w/all my other terrarium subjects. I also hav a floor fan blowing on it wile the lights are on to keep temps under 80 f. Its usualy between 75-80 during the day and drops to 55,60 usually at night. How am I doin so far? Thanks again for everythin!

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Heliamphora  x nutans..
Heliamphora x nutans.  

Heliamphora x minor   &   nutans
Heliamphora x minor  
Hi Norman,  So glad to hear from you again! I have been gowning Sun pitcher plants now for over ten years and I have found them easy to grow in terrariums but don't like being transplanting! The special need for cooler night is a must the lower the better but lots and lots of light without the warm temperature and no warmer then 80 degrees, for this is very impotent to keep them thriving! I have three different Heliamphora, (Sun Pitcher Plants# and the Tatei have grown the fastest and has the best color as you can see in the photos. I have the Nutans and the Heliamphora X minor and found that if you move the roots or even move some plants next to your Sun Pitcher Plants you plant will go a little dormant or slow down it's growth, so try not to move or transplant them much for the thriving will stop!  I enjoy seeing some photos of your plants and then I could check them out!  Is your lighting fluorescent? and if so what watts and color temperature and note watering by having then stand in about 1" to 1/2" of distilled water has been ideal for all my Heliamphora and never let them dry out for this will kill off a lot of your plant and with cuttings try to do all this and transplanting in the fall once a year. Your set-up sounds great and if you send me your e-mail I can send you my newest youtube video of my plants! jbowen004@satx.rr.com Later my Friend and know I'm here for you.  Dan #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!

Experience

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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