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Live Plants In The Enclosure

Discussion in 'Desert' started by 311Style, Feb 27, 2005.

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  1. 311Style

    311Style Elite Member

    So I was at home depot today picking up another bag of playsand, and I wandered into the plant section or whatever and noticed they had these little bamboo things in like small pots with rocks in them. So I picked 1 up and was wondering... Would it be safe to burry the pot in the enclouser with the bamboo in it? What would happen if my beardie "sampled" the bamboo :confused:

    Well Thanks in advance

    -Ryan
     
  2. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Although I don't think the bamboo would hurt him at all, most potted plants in stores have fertilizers and pesticides on them. Give the plant a thorough rinse and completely change the potting soil to one that's pure, nothing added. I'm not entirely sure if the bamboo can survive in the BD's habitat, but if it can, it should be ok if you ask me. Its just a type of grass. To the best of my knowledge there aren't toxic species.
     
  3. 311Style

    311Style Elite Member

    Yeah it came in like a little pot with rocks in it ill just remove it and clean off all the stuff and put it back Im hoping it'll do well with the uvb and heat :)

    Thanks again
     
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    If you are talking about the plants sold as "Lucky Bamboo" I doubt it will work. There are 2 problems. The plants grow in a tub of water. This may raise the humidity of the beardie enclosure too much. Also these plants grow in low light situations. I know exposure to sunlight will fry them! The strong UVB lamp and the heat will probably do them in as well.
    If you are determined to put live plants in the cage you are pretty much limited to the cacti and succulent family.
     
  5. 311Style

    311Style Elite Member

    Eh thats the kind of technical answer I was afraid of... Ill have to look into those other two families of plants aswell.. Thanks for your help Merlin

    -Ryan
     
  6. Scaley Fetish

    Scaley Fetish Elite Member

    ALso keep in mind....Dragons are infamous eaters, they will tast and eat pretty much anything that is offered to them.....hence killing, possibly, any plants you put in with them. I like the idea of Jades and ponytail palms in my enclosure, both are considered "safe" as well as both are drier climate plants and both pretty durable.
     
  7. SpindleHead

    SpindleHead Elite Member

    If you check the bottom portion of this page you will find a list of "safe" plants that can be used in your enclosure. In my experience the heat and lack of humidity kills plants pretty fast, I got tired of replacing them all the time so quit all together. You may want to use fake plants if you are determined to use foliage in your enclosure but as pointed out previously your beardie may end up trying to eat them. You will want to use something that cannot be chewed off or swallowed just to be safe.

    Safe plants link-
    http://www.beautifuldragons.503xtreme.com/Nutrition.html
    The list is near the bottom.

    Later
     
  8. venus

    venus Founding Member

  9. SpindleHead

    SpindleHead Elite Member

    OOPS! Sorry Venus, I hadn't ever seen that list or I would have directed the poster there. The information available here is top notch, I would always recommend checking here just wasn't aware. I am now.LOL
     
  10. venus

    venus Founding Member

    LOL...No worries Chris ;)...Their information is good to.
     
  11. harold

    harold Elite Member

    I use silk plants in my beardies' cages. They try to sample them once in a while but I think they know the difference from real. When ever They sample I give them the real thing. They've trained me real well. lol
     
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