Post by srduggins on Apr 21, 2008 13:17:15 GMT -10
One thing that kept me from building my first greenhouse kit was realizing I needed to add electricity and plumbing if I ever wanted to leave my plants alone and have them survive. The more plants you get, the more you appreciate having automatic watering. With other plants you can just hook up a drip or spray irrigation system using the pressure in your public water supply. Here in California, the water is too hard to use for long term healthy Nepenthes growth.
Post by rainforest on Apr 21, 2008 13:35:18 GMT -10
Srduggins, You say your water supply is too hard. how hard? The water I use here is rather hard and such that calcium deposits occur everywhere when water dries and evaporates. Perhaps this may be a feature on why some growers love peat and others hate it. Hard water does create problems for my drip system and I am just used to either replacing drip lines yearly or every few years. I used to soak heavily corroded lead weighted ends in vinegar to dissolve the calcium before until it got too messy and so I decided it was worth paying extra for brand new drippers. Same holds true for my fogger misters, they need to be constantly scrapped off the openings to remove salt build up. Hand watering for me is still the key. Get that water in the pots and watch it drain out freely.