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    Hi Everyone As you no doubt know, the site was down for a period of around two weeks. Why? I hear you ask... Firstly, this was not due to maintenance or system upgrade of any nature, so don't expect it to suddenly be faster. YET! What happened: The site hosting company took it upon themselves to change the IP address for the DNS nameservers. Why is beyond me. Straight away that means that our domain points to an invalid (out of date) DNS by the domain provider (different company than the hosting). I registered the new DNS with our domain providers and they screwed up, without explanation. They constantly told me that the change was made correctly and that I needed to contact the hosting company. The hosting company constantly came back to me with a report showing the site was still being pointed to the old DNS details and that I needed to contact the domain providers. This went on day... after day... after day! Knowing the DNS problem lay with the domain people, I opened a support ticket with them to fix the issue. They were painfully slow to respond to each reply I made. I'm talking two days or more at a time and also coupled with the fact that they had major outages lasting days that they were also trying to fix at the same time (possibly the reason why my DNS changes got corrupted after I hit submit). Eventually, after them telling me it was done, and allowing sufficient time for the changes to be propagated globally, there was something still not right. So I did several live chats with them, being told their tech team were closed (they're in Australia since before the Society inherited the site). So after three days of live webchats they tried to make the changes themselves only to receive errors. Yesterday morning I received an email saying that the change has been made by them again and that it would take up to four hours to be propagated globally. Finally, it was working!!! The future: This issue has seriously annoyed the hell out of me and one of the Trustees. Our domain is up for renewal soon and we are enquiring about moving it to our own developer at that time. Also, as we've had major problems with the hosting on and off for months, we are also working on moving the hosting to our own developer come the spring, when that is up for renewal. When the hosting is moved we will hopefully be moving to a solid state (SSD) service which will result in the site running faster. We are also getting an SSL certificate, which should have been done by the domain company ages ago, and wasn't. I'm sorry that the site was down for everyone. It was a total head-wrecking stressor for me, at a time when I could have done without it. It's important you keep in mind though that this was at no point the fault of me and neither was it anything to do with the Society. We have not changed any of the site's service providers since we inherited the site from Andy. We are planning improvements to the running speed and site stability in the future, improving backup features, and keeping as many aspects as possible unified and local. Thanks for reading. Richard Bunn CPUK Webmaster The Carnivorous Plant Society
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    Nepenthes mindanaoensis (Philippines) From seeds Nepenthes jamban (Sumatra) Nepenthes robcantleyi Nepenthes spectabilis (Gunung Sibuatan, Sumatra) Nepenthes bicalcarata Giant Red (Sarawak, Borneo) Nepenthes burbidgeae x platychila
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    A few years back, while walking up on the Arnhem Land Plateau, I came across Utricularia fulva that was virtually carpeting the ground along streams. U. fulva is endemic to the Northern Territory and quite common across the Top End in sandstone habitats. It seems to like sandy areas along running creeks where for a good part of the wet season it would be completely inundated. So, some close ups and some habitat photos.
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    A few of my Nepenthes Lowland conditions in the greenhouse (humidity> 90%, day 25/26, the night 21/20) Baskets with Nepentes Nepenthes burbidgeae x platychila Nepenthes fusca Nepenthes Miranda
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    A few more photos of the plants.
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    Ok so ive brought a few packets of seeds from him since february. Ihad mixed results during late winter when temps were lower (1 dubia, 1 aristochioides , 0 naga, 12 lavicola germinated) but in march maxima wavy 50%+ , 0 dairi atm etc and now a few from may are germinating with the speed growing rate amount for the latest 4 seemingly accurate. They were flower stalks collected wild by people there then sold to him, I presume they spread some seed in the area and dont poach them. Hes very good with the amount and sometimes throws in bonus seeds if you buy multiple at once. Never had any issues with him. If they were poached then I wouldnt buy from him but ive never had any issues with him as a seller and hes been truthful about seed stocks when I asked in february if he was getting this and that soon.
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    Hi, I'd leave the plants on the window. The photoperiod will be reduced naturally as days get shorter in the autumn. The plants will still be photosynthesising to some extend so will need light. My VFTs are growing new leaves even in winter and they're outside in a cold frame (even the Beast from the East didn't stop them). Also, windowsills are generally the coldest part of the room (if the heating is turned off). You really need to maintain the temperature below 10 C (preferably around 2-5 C) for the plants to have proper dormancy and reasonable humidity (that shouldn't be a problem if there's no heating and the window's opened). Ventilation is also important to prevent fungus problems. All you have to do is reduce the watering, keep the plants damp but not waterlogged. As a rule, for outdoor plants dormancy should start around Halloween and last till Valentine's Day (or longer depending on weather; dormancy shorter than 3 months will not be enough). If you're hand feeding your plants, stop by the end of September. I would also suggest you look up plants that don't need a dormancy. There are lots of CPs that can be grown indoors all year round, some may need a terrarium/artificial lights but not all. They may be more suitable for your growing conditions, unfortunately temperate plants don't do very well in flats in the long term.
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    Nepenthes rafflesiana (Johor, Malaysia) Nepenthes platychila Nepenthes ampullaria Red Speckled Nepenthes sibuyanensis x merrilliana Nepenthes bicalcarata Nepenthes robcantleyi
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    Nepenthes veitchii Golden Peristome Nepenthes ampullaria Red Speckled Nepenthes platychila
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    Nepenthes sibuyanensis x merrilliana Nepenthes veitchii Golden, Highland (Bareo, Borneo) Nepenthes bicalcarata Giant Red (Sarawak, Borneo) Nepenthes albomarginata Green Nepenthes bongso (Gunung Marapi, West Sumatra) Nepenthes Miranda Nepenthes robcantleyi Nepenthes spectabilis x ventricosa Nepenthes muluensis x lowii
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    Nepenthes ampullaria x spectabilis Nepenthes ampullaria Harlequin Nepenthes ampullaria Red Speckled Nepenthes ampullaria Williams Red x Harlequin Nepenthes ampullaria Green Nepenthes ampullaria Green (Tayeve, Irian Jaya) Nepenthes ampullaria Bronze (Nab ire, Papua) Nepenthes ampullaria Lime Twist Nepenthes sibuyanensis x aristolochioides
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    Thanks, exactly I feel this way In answer to your question- Yes, of course One of my terrariums with Nepenthes. Only very easy hybrids. Nepenthes Bloody Mary Nepenthes Hookeriana Nepenthes Rebecca Soper Nepenthes Ventrata and Nepenthes Linda
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    Nepenthes rafflesiana Giant 99 (Brunei) Nepenthes rafflesiana (Johor, Malaysia) Nepenthes thai Nepenthes benstonei (Bukit Bakar, Kelantan, Malaysia) Nepenthes ampullaria Harlequin Nepenthes maxima Nepenthes mirabilis (Mengkuang Titi, Penang) Nepenthes suratensis Nepenthes diatas Nepenthes Ventrata Nepenthes campanulata x robcantleyi Nepenthes mirabilis var. echinostoma
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    Thanks I'm not sure what you mean as media As for the camera, I use a Canon EOS 60D, 700D, or more frequently Nikon Coolpix P90 Nepenthes khasiana Nepenthes veitchii Golden, Highland (Bareo, Borneo) Nepenthes sibuyanensis x talangensis Nepenthes Louisa Nepenthes Linda Nepenthes Hookeriana Red Nepenthes ampullaria Harlequin Nepenthes stenophylla Nepenthes albomarginata Green Nepenthes rafflesiana x mirabilis var globosa
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    Nepenthes bicalcarata (Sipitang, Borneo) Nepenthes bicalcarata Giant (Sarawak, Borneo) Nepenthes bicalcarata Nepenthes khasiana (India) Nepenthes suratensis (Thailand) Nepenthes mirabilis var. echinostoma Nepenthes macrovulgaris (Gunung Silam, Borneo) Nepenthes insignis (Tayeve, Irian Jaya, New Guinea) Nepenthes veitchii Highland - Bareo Golden
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    Nepenthes jacquelineae (Sumatra) Nepenthes jamban (Sumatra) Nepenthes tenuis Nepenthes spathulata
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    Nepenthes ventricosa (Philippines) Nepenthes veitchii Ggolden Peristome Nepenthes truncata (Philippines) Nepenthes spectabilis x ventricosa
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    thanks guys Scotcarnivorousplants - this is Nepenthes sibuyanensis x talangensis, he has a very nice pitchers and is very easy to grow, in both lowland and highland conditions
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    Thanks, Scotcarnivorousplants - When I have several plants of the same species, the plants growing in different conditions, not only light, some plants grow only in the greenhouse, and some only under artificial lighting (fluorescent Silvania Grolux). The differences in the pictures may result that photos were taken in different lighting conditions - sun or high pressure sodium lamps - which in the evening light to plants Now some highland Nepenthes (the day max 21, the night 15/16). Nepenthes spectabilis (Gunung Sibuatan, Sumatra) Nepenthes spathulata Nepenthes talangensis Nepenthes sibuyanensis x aristolochioides Nepenthes vogelii Nepenthes robcantleyi Nepenthes tentaculata Nepenthes ramispina (Peninsular Malaysia) Nepenthes platychila Nepenthes petiolata Nepenthes lowii Trusmadi Nepenthes jamban Nepenthes jacquelineae Nepenthes hamata
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    It would appear that this plant has long roots. It's also not averse to having them sitting in water. That's a 3½" square long tom ( 5" deep) skillfully displayed by MrsG.