Live plants for Redfoots enclosure

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Hello All,

I was wondering if any of you could advise on live plants that are suitable for a Redfoot's enclosure. I know that live planting helps with humidity, which is a big reason I would like to include them but obviously I want them to provide shade and an authentic forest environment too.

I know they are likely to eat the plants but I'm happy to change the plants regularly and happy to grow my own over time but will have to buy the plants to begin with for my first set up.

Thank you in advance for all of your help!

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Spider plants are low light tolerant and tough.
I've also never seen any of my Redfoot try to eat them.

Spider plants were on my list as a possibility as they create nice overhangs the tortoise can get under as shelter too. Interesting that they haven't attempted to eat them!

I think I'll add a couple of spider plants! Thank you!
 

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Hello All,

I was wondering if any of you could advise on live plants that are suitable for a Redfoot's enclosure. I know that live planting helps with humidity, which is a big reason I would like to include them but obviously I want them to provide shade and an authentic forest environment too.

I know they are likely to eat the plants but I'm happy to change the plants regularly and happy to grow my own over time but will have to buy the plants to begin with for my first set up.

Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Lu
A warm welcome to the forum!

Yep, plants definitely help with humidity.

Would you please post pics of your tort and his/her enclosure?
 

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A warm welcome to the forum!

Yep, plants definitely help with humidity.

Would you please post pics of your tort and his/her enclosure?

I don't have either yet. But I do have a pic from my last visit to see the tort.

My set up is gradually all arriving in the post. I'm having a custom made viv, which is made from an extremely thick plastic not impacted by the heaters needed for Redfoots. I've gone with this set up as it won't be degraded at all by humidity. The company comes highly recommended by keepers of Redfoots in the U.K. and other humidity loving reptile keepers. As it is custom made I've been able to allocate the ventilation I require. Once the viv has arrived I'll trial my irrigation system and thermostat etc. I'll be collecting the tort once the humidity and temp gradient are ideal.

My main area of research currently is on plants and finding ones which are safe for Redfoots to eat and will be something I can source.

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I don't have either yet. But I do have a pic from my last visit to see the tort.

My set up is gradually all arriving in the post. I'm having a custom made viv, which is made from an extremely thick plastic not impacted by the heaters needed for Redfoots. I've gone with this set up as it won't be degraded at all by humidity. The company comes highly recommended by keepers of Redfoots in the U.K. and other humidity loving reptile keepers. As it is custom made I've been able to allocate the ventilation I require. Once the viv has arrived I'll trial my irrigation system and thermostat etc. I'll be collecting the tort once the humidity and temp gradient are ideal.

My main area of research currently is on plants and finding ones which are safe for Redfoots to eat and will be something I can source.
Oh, he/she is simply adorable! :D

As far as plants are concerned, @Pearly might e able to help you. She is a wonderful person and always willing to help. (Thanks @Pearly :<3: !)
 

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Oh, he/she is simply adorable! :D

As far as plants are concerned, @Pearly might e able to help you. She is a wonderful person and always willing to help. (Thanks @Pearly :<3: !)

Thank you! I'm particularly in love with him/her but then I'm biased!

Any advice on plants would be hugely appreciated! Thank you so much for the warm welcome!
 

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Thank you! I'm particularly in love with him/her but then I'm biased!

Any advice on plants would be hugely appreciated! Thank you so much for the warm welcome!

You are most welcome.

So sorry, personally I cannot help you with plants. Apologies.
 

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I don't have either yet. But I do have a pic from my last visit to see the tort.

My set up is gradually all arriving in the post. I'm having a custom made viv, which is made from an extremely thick plastic not impacted by the heaters needed for Redfoots. I've gone with this set up as it won't be degraded at all by humidity. The company comes highly recommended by keepers of Redfoots in the U.K. and other humidity loving reptile keepers. As it is custom made I've been able to allocate the ventilation I require. Once the viv has arrived I'll trial my irrigation system and thermostat etc. I'll be collecting the tort once the humidity and temp gradient are ideal.

My main area of research currently is on plants and finding ones which are safe for Redfoots to eat and will be something I can source.

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What a cutie!!!! With the baby redfoot you will be able to plany gorgeous vivarium which will last for anywhere from 7-9 months, after which time your baby will destroy every new plant the very next day. They turn into little bulldozers, and that is how they are supposed to be. That's normal and healthy behavior. And I am very impressed with all the planning you have done! That is very smart and responsible. Your tortie will have an awesome tort-Mom, I can already tell:)
 

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Thank you! I'm particularly in love with him/her but then I'm biased!

Any advice on plants would be hugely appreciated! Thank you so much for the warm welcome!
I was very much like you, searching all over for good viv plants, ones safe for the torts in case of munchings and ones that can take the extremes (high heat, very high humidity, low light). I would start with making trips to your organic nurseries and see what they have that can thrive in those conditions, and then once identified, check each plant against our edible vs toxic list. I have used several shade loving plants, spider plant was one of them. Let me look for my old enclosure pictures, I'll post some with my best plants for you. But maybe tomorrow. I'm exhausted now and can barely see straight anymore. Long day at work:) oh and btw, I keep the redfooted too, i adore them!!!! You have made an excellent choice!
 

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A lot of plants will need grow lights to live in your enclosure full time or you'll need to take them out and rotate them into natural sunlight often like you mentioned doing. But you could try shade loving garden and house plants. Spider plants was a good suggestion. Flowers and succulents would be pretty. If you see houseplants etc at the store that you like, you can always just keep them out of your baby's reach. Some good shade loving tortoise safe plants: some ferns (Boston, Asparagus, Ostrich), Hostas do well, African violets also work well in enclosures. I've had decent luck with snap dragons. One thing that is handy about Hostas and Ostrich ferns is that you can often by them as dried dormant bareroot varieties, so you don't have to worry about pesticides and fertilizers as much.

If you're looking for other ideas, here's a few lists that may help you out...
These are some of mine...http://www.tortoiseforum.org/thread...ls-cold-hardy-perennials.110773/#post-1030304
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/sulcata-diet-sheet.64290/
http://africantortoise.com/edible_plants.htm

Here's a link to a post where I had a conversation with another member about enclosure plants. Maybe you see something that helps you...
Growing food in habitat
 

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agapanthus is a umbrella type plant that's commonly used in box turtle enclosures it should work fine for a red foot.
 

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What a cutie!!!! With the baby redfoot you will be able to plany gorgeous vivarium which will last for anywhere from 7-9 months, after which time your baby will destroy every new plant the very next day. They turn into little bulldozers, and that is how they are supposed to be. That's normal and healthy behavior. And I am very impressed with all the planning you have done! That is very smart and responsible. Your tortie will have an awesome tort-Mom, I can already tell:)
You're all so lovely here! This has got to be the best forum I have ever joined! Thank you so much for being so welcoming and helpful Pearly, it is really appreciated!

Could you point me in the direction of the edible vs toxic list? Thank you :)
 

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A lot of plants will need grow lights to live in your enclosure full time or you'll need to take them out and rotate them into natural sunlight often like you mentioned doing. But you could try shade loving garden and house plants. Spider plants was a good suggestion. Flowers and succulents would be pretty. If you see houseplants etc at the store that you like, you can always just keep them out of your baby's reach. Some good shade loving tortoise safe plants: some ferns (Boston, Asparagus, Ostrich), Hostas do well, African violets also work well in enclosures. I've had decent luck with snap dragons. One thing that is handy about Hostas and Ostrich ferns is that you can often by them as dried dormant bareroot varieties, so you don't have to worry about pesticides and fertilizers as much.

If you're looking for other ideas, here's a few lists that may help you out...
These are some of mine...http://www.tortoiseforum.org/thread...ls-cold-hardy-perennials.110773/#post-1030304
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/sulcata-diet-sheet.64290/
http://africantortoise.com/edible_plants.htm

Here's a link to a post where I had a conversation with another member about enclosure plants. Maybe you see something that helps you...
Growing food in habitat

Thank you so much for naming specific ferns, I was struggling to work out which ones were suitable. I've found a list saying bromeliads are suitable and edible to Redfoots and they love humidity so might try getting a nice tall one to create shade. Really can't get over how lovely and helpful everyone is!

My mum grows and propagates African violets, can Redfoots eat them? I'm not sure they'll like the humidity but I could always pop one in with the expectation it won't last long or just feed the leaves if it's a suitable food?

Thank you for the links too :)
 

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You're all so lovely here! This has got to be the best forum I have ever joined! Thank you so much for being so welcoming and helpful Pearly, it is really appreciated!

Could you point me in the direction of the edible vs toxic list? Thank you :)
I have yet to figure out how to attach links here when on my iphone, but I just googled "the tortoise table plant database" and the site popped up. It has a good (not exhaustive, but good) list of plants. The rest members of this forum will help you figure out
 

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Thank you so much for naming specific ferns, I was struggling to work out which ones were suitable. I've found a list saying bromeliads are suitable and edible to Redfoots and they love humidity so might try getting a nice tall one to create shade. Really can't get over how lovely and helpful everyone is!

My mum grows and propagates African violets, can Redfoots eat them? I'm not sure they'll like the humidity but I could always pop one in with the expectation it won't last long or just feed the leaves if it's a suitable food?

Thank you for the links too :)
I think the ferns with more rigid leaves (like Japanese or bird nest fern) would do better then the soft, delicate leaved ones. I put my ferns on darker side and they tried growing but my babies just bulldoze everything down at this point. If you try bromeliads try to anchor the roots above ground. Mine didn't like it and died couple (3-4)weeks later. Play with things. It'll be a while bfr your baby starts tearing things down so hopefully you can get some good plants established
 

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ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1471356298.145409.jpg this was my 40 gal tank way in the beginning with Umbrella plant and Parlor Palm, hens & chicks did really well, other succulents didn't like their roots so wet all the time ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1471356506.364569.jpg here's Umbrella plant ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1471356665.779844.jpg variegated plant on the lt side is dracaena ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1471356762.134362.jpg here you can see Parlor Palm ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1471357054.498160.jpg here's my poor bromeliad :( ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1471357115.612046.jpg of course there is always option of growing from seeds. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1471357334.488653.jpg here's more current picture with couple of small ferns and plants from my garden
 

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@Pearly thank you so much for sharing your fantastic set up! I feel inspired now and can't wait to get shopping! I'll trial a good size bromeliad, I'm going to have a small fenced off area with plants stood in pots so might make the bromeliad one of them.

But I'll plant some spider plants and ferns out in the enclosure. I love that umbrella plant, I have no idea where I'd find one but I definitely want one! Can they eat it?

Thanks again x
 

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@Pearly thank you so much for sharing your fantastic set up! I feel inspired now and can't wait to get shopping! I'll trial a good size bromeliad, I'm going to have a small fenced off area with plants stood in pots so might make the bromeliad one of them.

But I'll plant some spider plants and ferns out in the enclosure. I love that umbrella plant, I have no idea where I'd find one but I definitely want one! Can they eat it?

Thanks again x
Haha! Umbrella plants are grown as commercial hedges in Florida. Here in Texas They sell them as house/patio plants
 
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