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  1. How is the progress going? Any update on this?
  2. I think that's the problem. I had droseras and vft struggle to digest the food and it just rot, eventually causing the whole trap to die. Once I fix the air circulation, everything was fine and my plants were able to digest the food properly and react very positive to it.
  3. do you grow them indoors? because i had that problem with some plants, but once i got them outside in good air circulation, that problem went away. In a house, air circulation is pretty bad and if you combine that with humidity, you get yourself a fungi problem.
  4. From my experience, they benefit a lot from insects. That's not a surprise either, after all that's what they evolved to do. I never understood why some people think that all they need is sun, water and the poor nutrient soil. That's not true in my case. I had a sarracenia that was doing ok-ish, but was not fed. As soon as i fed it, it started making bigger traps and even started to flower. So, i'm trying to grow all carnivorous plants outside so they can catch their own food. Even if i had a greenouse, i would let the door open for the insects to go in. As for the plants that are growing indoor, i use bloodworms or random flies i can get my hands on. I guess it depends from plants to plants but insect feeding is an important element for these plants.
  5. Yea the VFT don't look too happy. I would cut the flower stalk on the ones that didn't get to that size. I don't think they can afford a flower stalk at the moment. They need more light for sure and air flow. I would suggest a peat + perlite mix and let it dry slightly before waterings. But you can experiment with sphagnum moss if you want. Since you said growing outside is out of question, I would suggest a setup like this one
  6. I don't think VFT are good for terrarium, I'm not saying you can't make it work but usually it kinda suffers. My first few vft died because i grew them indoors and they died of fungi, lack of air circulation. The light is also very important. If you can't grow them outside then I suggest getting them out of the terrarium, put them under grow lights in a place with some fans for good air circulation. There is no reason to keep them in terrarium since they don't need the humidity, I grow mine outside in full sun scorch heat and they flourish ( ofc the soil is wet, tho i let it dry a little bit before watering again ) The humidity in your terrarium and lack of air circulation is creating the mold. As I mentioned before, my first VFT were grown in a pretty aerated room and they still died to fungi. Once I solved these problems, now my VFT flourish. So yea, get it under good growlight with some fans or smth. Also are they out of dormancy or still in? P.S. Some photos would be useful to see your setup.
  7. Glad to hear about this
  8. any practical reason you grow Cephalotus like that? is there any beneficial thing to it? Awesome plants!
  9. Anyone knows a good miticide against spider mites? My drosera spatulata has some spider mites and the miticide that I have burns the plants. If anyone knows a place within EU where I can buy it ( preferably not too expensive) I would appreciate it a lot.
  10. i think it's the other one, the one who is white-ish with a black spot.
  11. I'll try that, I'm ordering one bottle and i'm going to try it. Spider mites are my nightmare, I'm starting to have dreams of them killing my entire collection of plants.
  12. Awesome! I'm looking forward for the release day of the podcast :)
  13. What do I do about the adult ones?
  14. The sarracenia northwest podcast didn't stop but it's only once / month and it's short, like 15-20 min long. They call it podcasts but it's more of an update in my opinion. Here is the latest from this month That said, I would love an actual podcast, it would be a blast. I'm sure other CP growers would love it too. There's one podcast that sometimes talks about CP but it's mostly about all plants, it's called InDefenseOfPlants. If you create a well detailed, well researched podcast, you won a viewer in me :) . As for the poll, I would like to see all of those topics, so I can't vote 1 in particular, since all of them seems of value.
  15. oh so not all of it is yours. I thought this was on your property where your house is located.
  16. You have one of the most amazing Nepenthes I've ever seen. How big is your greenhouse? do you have a photo from the outside?
  17. Looks ready for some divisions. What sarracenia is this btw?
  18. I love it for many reasons. One of them, big leathery pitchers, it looks beautiful, it's probably the nepenthes that shows carnivory the best. Some of the growers I know found mice, some even sparrows ( it seems to have a thing for mice...). All in all, it's my favorite Nepenthes of them all, it's a beast!
  19. Got one also and was thinking exactly the same. My pot seems full with seedlings so I'll see in the spring if that is so, if not I'll just repot it.
  20. My vft look way worse.Few with some black leaves, some almost buried. As for sarracenia, all traps are pretty much out of function. But here is very cold, it gets to -20, so I had to protect my plants with nylon plastic.
  21. the light is kinda so-so because it's winter and I don't have bulbs for extra light, but heres how it looked in summer around june-july It had dew but very little, compared to what it had before the transplanting. It used to be full of gnats, but this year not so much. I think the soil seems to be the problem, is not aerate/ loose enough. The longer leaves right now, is probably because of the light.
  22. Vft

    Yea don't make them go dormant. I think I lost one small seedling because I thought he could take the low temps here. I'm in transylvania east europe, right now it's like -19 C so I protect my plants with nylon plastic from harsh wind. The soil is rock frozen but the plants seem to be doing ok so far.
  23. I got a bicalcarata not knowing much about it this summer ( young plant ). It seems it really likes warm temperatures, is not doing well in cold, and is not enjoying fluctuations either from my observation. My plant is not doing great, no traps so far but it's putting leaves slowly. I might get traps in 2 months, maybe. I saw some people growing it in a windowsill with heatpads underneat the plant.
  24. Well I don't think everyone is leaving for somewhere else. I think the reasons are simple. It's winter so not much is going on and people frequent many CP websites. Myself i browse cpuk, terraforums, sarracenia forums,Flytrap forums, savage garden subreddit and few pages on FB. As for forums vs FB, I find FB lacking. Good to spread news to a larger audience but it sucks for useful info or communicating. Forums are very valuable for me.
  25. What is the mix that you are using? Also what is the temp? My ping was doing great for a year until I decided to transplant it in Peat+ perlite. Since then it is struggling. I think the media might be a bit too hard for the roots to make it's way, i plan to transplant it in a peat with more perlite and sand. Here are some photos so you can get an idea of how the plant looks. Also forgot to say, it's not making dew as it used to, it's been like this for the whole of 2016