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  1. Test for browser compatibility

    Internet Explorer often fails to work correctly, it's rather poorly made. Personally I've never had any problems using Firefox:
  2. Flower stalk

    Flowers only weaken a plant if it's already weak(ened) to begin with. It would be particularly strange if every plant risked its life every time it attempted to reproduce itself. The problem here is that the stalk wouldn't do a whole lot, because it's soon going dormant and there's no longer any time for it to fully develop, unless you would keep it indoors under lights for a while longer so the plant would think it's still summer.
  3. How many lumens of led light for lemon trees??

    As much as they can get, but they grow just fine in a relatively bright room (which is why they're so popular as houseplants).
  4. Norman Parker has grown

    Dormancy occurs naturally as the plant gets less light and the temperatures get colder. It essentially goes to sleep for a couple of months, during which nothing will happen. It's like trees losing their leaves and then doing nothing until spring, but on a smaller scale. Some people keep their plants in the fridge during the dormancy period, but if you can place it on a cold windowsill it should go to sleep just as well.
  5. new members posting crap

    Guys, it's just run of the mill "you won the lottery" spam. These aren't even automated posts, but real people paid pennies to manually post "find a nice husband" thousands of times anywhere on the internet where people are allowed to post. Not much you can do about that stuff, only delete it. The more barriers you put up to keep them away, the harder you make it for people with legitimate questions to come here, too, and because the spammers are humans, they will always eventually find a way around the barriers.
  6. Drosera id

    I've never bought or been anywhere near Drosera intermedia, and yet somehow it suddenly started growing in one of my indoor pots. There's no way this is either of the two species you listed, unless the leaves are very elongated and the very long snap tentacles don't show up on the picture. My guess is your Drosera spatulata is really Drosera tokaiensis, and the plant in the picture is simply one of its somewhat different looking offspring. This is Drosera sessilifolia: And this is Drosera burmannii: Then this is Drosera tokaiensis (because it's a hybrid, there's a lot of variation in looks - especially the width and length of the petiole):
  7. My plants-werds

    Are they open again? I thought they had closed after the founder unfortunately passed far too young.
  8. Drosera id

    Drosera burmannii is really small and has very long dewless tentacles at the edge of the leaf. This looks more like a Drosera tokaiensis to me (a hybrid between Drosera rotundifolia and Drosera spatulata).
  9. Pom pom mirror

    Nice mutation. The new traps look like they're coming out fuzzy as well. Are they functional?
  10. Where there's muck there's brass?

    The seller is not hurting anyone by selling dried leaves. Who knows why someone would be looking for dried Sarracenia leaves (maybe for a school project involving a herbarium), the important part is that clearly some people do, and since they aren't really the easiest plants/leaves to find in the wild, might as well buy some. No need to harass him any further (or at all to begin with) - I'm pretty sure eBay doesn't take too kindly to that, either.
  11. The first one must have been a Pinguicula moranensis I got from a family member who was a fan of carnivorous plants, but I was 6 years old at the time and I can't even remember anything about it except for taking it home. Needless to say it probably didn't survive all that long. It's hard to pick favourites, but based on looks I would say Heliamphora grown in ideal conditions are some of the most beautiful plants in the world, with those alien green leaves with beautiful red rims, the spoon on top and the general shape of the leaves is simply a sight to behold. The only thing I don't like about them is that they're so brittle! Drosera are very interesting with their leaves full of tentacles, and Stylidium are brilliant in their own way, with flowers that look like tiny butterflies and like to hit any insect landing on them pretty hard (and the carnivorous part doesn't even have anything to do with that!). Of course all carnivorous plants are fascinating in their own right, with all the different ways they've evolved to lure and catch insects.
  12. Paypal payment request.

    Nothing in your spam folder? I would never send a payment request if there hadn't been clear communication on what, how much, etc, but I'm sure there's no ill intent behind it.
  13. Are these winter leaves?

    If you have some time to spare, you can take a look under each leaf and use a toothpick to prick the aphids. Keep checking for a couple of days and you'll be rid of them soon.
  14. So now Sarracenia purpurea eats slugs!

    Assuming innocence without proof to the contrary has never hurt, but you're right that correcting info wasn't explicitly mentioned.
  15. So now Sarracenia purpurea eats slugs!

    Hey, at least they don't claim the plants are tropical and should be grown indoors with mineral water. It's nice to know they're willing to correct the wrong info (and that they even replied in the first place).