Using OrchidBox to Cultivate Drosera lanata


Drosera lanata 2 Darwiniana by Rosťa Kracík


Drosera lanta is Australian sundew that thrives year-long in the northern part of the Cape York Peninsula. This part of Australia experiences a tropical savanna climate and two distinct seasons - an arid, dry season and a wet monsoon season. Looking at a chart of yearly climate data for Mareeba, a city on the eastern coast of the Cape York Peninsula, shows how the weather changes throughout the year.

Yearly climate data for Mareeba, Queensland, Australia

Yearly climate data for Mareeba, Queensland, Australia

Using ClimaLink to simulate this climate is extremely simple. Use the device climate configurator to input this information, and OrchidBox will automatically vary the climate so that the temperatures and rainfall match, on average, the inputs given. For more advanced users, you can even control the statistical variance of the temperatures and the average time between rainfalls. 

Alternatively, you can use ClimaLink to link to live weather feeds (requires an inexpensive subscription, <$12 per year). Doing this will make the climate in the box, as of 6:00 AM local Mareeba time, something like this:


However, since the sun is not up yet in Mareeba but may be in your local time zone, ClimaLink has the option to cache weather data so that the device is always simulating the sun cycle and weather at synchronous local time. So if it's 3:00 PM where you are right now, you won't see this weather & sun level occurring until 6:00 AM your time. If this option is not selected (live weather), your sun cycle and the remote city's sun cycle will not be in sync with the weather.

In order to vary the temperatures so much as described, a thermoelectric chiller (TEC) is required. Fortunately all OrchidBox models come with the option to have a TEC installed, so simulating this type of environment is possible on whatever your desired size or budget may be.