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  1. carambola

    We all love free seedlings

    Lots of Drosera (maybe most) come out of the ground with round leaves, they get longer or wider (or both) as they grow older, provided they have enough light. So, there's no way to tell which species those seedlings belong to! It's pretty hard to kill Utricularia, as it doesn't have any roots or leaves. Any part of the plant can continue growing. It will look miserable for a while, but most likely it'll come back and invade all of your pots.
  2. carambola

    The fastest heliamphora growing?

    All Heliamphora are really slow growers compared to most other plants, but the Heliamphora nutans on my windowsill sends out pitchers like there's no tomorrow. In the past 6 months it's gone from 1 growing point to 5, and as soon as each pitcher is fully grown the next one is on its way. All it needs is water and light.
  3. carambola

    How poisonous pitcherplants are?

    Drosera rotundifolia (and therefore most likely a lot of other Drosera, too) apparently contains some beneficial substance for something, although I'm not entirely sure if this is real or quack medicine.
  4. carambola

    My poor nepenthes collection :(

    Honestly, the pots look bone dry and I can't see how they could retain any moisture as it looks like all of the water would just drip out of the bottom. Most of the damage to the plants also looks like it was caused by drying out.
  5. carambola

    Couple of Piggybackers

    You're right, it does actually look more like nidiformis. I automatically went for temperate species to match the Sarracenia.
  6. carambola

    Couple of Piggybackers

    Going by the leaf shape, it's likely to be a Drosera intermedia, the smaller Drosera at the bottom is probably the same. The other plant is just a weed, it's a common sight but I don't know what it's called.
  7. To grow Sphagnum, you only need water and some patience, no need for humidity. It grows much faster than most of the small carnivorous plants, by autumn you'll probably have more than you could ever need. Eventually you'll start buying more plants because you don't know what else to do with all of the moss.
  8. Whilst I would agree with the sentiment, it doesn't help if you don't mention anything about what happened to make you feel that way. No one can learn anything if you only say "don't order from them", and it makes others with bad experiences look bad.
  9. carambola

    Hello everybody !

    Sundews are the best, I could stare at them for hours and never get bored.
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    Well, I wouldn't call someone who destroys the native habitat of these plants for profit a reliable seller, no matter how fresh the seeds, no matter how low the prices.
  11. carambola

    Winter deaths and survivors

    Don't lose hope just yet! I thought I'd lost a fairly large binata this winter (I don't have a greenhouse or anything, so simply leave everything outdoors, admittedly the climate here is ever so slightly warmer), but just a few days ago a small bump has started growing from the side. It certainly must have suffered more than the other plants which all have several leaves unfurling or fully unfurled by now, but it survived!
  12. I just came across this funny video on Dionaea, Drosera and Nepenthes:
  13. It's not a good idea to keep the light on during the night, because plants also like to sleep. If the light is on, they never know it's night time, and they tire themselves out. As silly as it may look, I would just turn on the light during the day. Is the plant really starved for light?
  14. carambola

    My Darlingtonia Setup

    I agree with Bluedog0628, it looks fine to me. Darlingtonia are definitely not as hard to keep as some make it out to be. I think most (mis)information on that comes from people who buy it as their first plant because it just looks really cool, don't really know what to do with it so it dies, then they want another one and look up which conditions it grows in, and convince themselves that the only way you could ever grow Darlingtonia is by mimicking their native growing conditions to a T. Then you end up with the classic, ludicrously complicated 'Darlingtonia setup', where people go so far as to get a constant waterflow by any means possible. Somehow not realising that all temperate plants like warm leaves and cool roots. The crazy setups aren't harmful, they're just pointless (and expensive). One thing to note, however, is that it really needs intense, direct (not filtered through a window) sunlight to get the red colour in the leaves. You'll probably notice in a couple of weeks when more leaves start coming up, they'll be green.
  15. carambola

    Bog garden

    Yes, as long as the Drosera you put in there are temperate (like Drosera anglica and rotundifolia) or really tough species (like Drosera capensis, binata or regia), it should always stay outdoors. The climate here is fairly similar to the one Venus flytraps are from, and species like Drosera anglica, rotundifolia and intermedia are native to our region. The tough sundews like Drosera capensis aren't native and they'll look like they died when they freeze, but they come once the temperatures rise again.