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instead of top watering or using a drip system to water darlingtonia, could you use Ice placed on the soils surface, and as it melts it would water it,? it would also be constant cool water flow over its roots.

Hi Dillon,

You could, and this is mentioned in some books, but I'm a bit dubious of doing this.  Depending on your pot size, and how much ice is used, you could end up making the soil too cold.  Also, what seems to be more important to Darlingtonia than temperature is oxygenation.  Moving water does that.  

You can also cool their roots by using terracotta clay pots.  The bare sides have a tremendous cooling effect.  Here's an example of this concept:

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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