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I'm still fairly new with plant terrariums, though I've done animal terrariums for years. Ever since I was a child I've loved and had a few carnivorous plants. I have bought a few basic kinds (few venus, couple pitcher, one butterwart and one sundew) along with some live terrarium moss and a lichen for this terrarium that all do well in moist environments.

I found a wide mouthed bowl (almost a 16" diameter sphere but for flat bottom and ~6" hole at top) that I love and this will be my enclosure, and my wish is to put it as the centerpiece on our dining room table. The issue is the dining room window is northern facing and I'm not sure that is enough light. Right now I have a couple plants in my eastern facing kitchen window awaiting transplantation to the terrarium.

I am wondering if more light is needed and if so, how I can accomplish this while still having the dining table look presentably nice. If I put a bright, full spectrum light in our dining room light (with dimmer) would that be enough :bright but diffused light" for the plants? Also wondering about sconces or something? The room gets enough diffused light during the day that we don't need a light on or anything, is this enough? The only other free space I can think of that has decent light and a flat surface is on top of the dog kennels, but those aren't exactly eye catchers...

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Hello Jessica,
      Thanks for asking me for your help for I have been growing thriving carnivorous plants in terrariums for over 50 years! OK to get started a carnivorous planted terrarium is NOTHING like a reg. plant or animal terrarium, I mean NOTHING!
       Know from the start placement can be anywhere as long as these growing requirements are meet! 1. Wet all the time but not soggy! 2. Mineral-free water best is distilled water what is what I have used for all these years. 3.Mineral-free soil and I only have used long Faber sphagnum moss. 4. Lots of light. My carnivorous plants have never seen sunlight, I use artificial lighting. You will always have the control! Lowes has low priced plant & aquarium F-40 2 and 4 foot sizes! I give my plants 12-16 hours a day for them to have great color and to thrive for six months to be taken out of the terrarium and placed into dormancy for six months! 90% of ALL carnivorous are NOT tropical meaning they will need a dormancy(a rest) of 5-7 months for your plants to grow and thrive in getting larger! No dormancy and in time your plants will start to slow down in size color and in speed of growth to then longer just die away!  If this is long term terrarium I can help with a list of needed thing, like in a 10-20 gallon size tank, for these are the best sizes for beginners and a great place to start this hobby and by the way this is starting a hobby for sure and will take time to care for your plants! Once we found out what tank or bowel you FOR SURE will be using and you want me to help with set-up I will but just so you know I don't half step with this hobby for I love it so much and a carnivorous terrarium is so much more then a add place of art! Looking forward to your plans and plants list I will help you with!  

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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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