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  1. Looking at the dates in the last picture it looks like you replied just before the weekend, and it's only Tuesday, so it seems unfair to accuse them of going mute, at least on the issue you opened on PayPal. That said I hope they will manage to work it out soon.
  2. It gets up to 40 degrees in Cape Town so I doubt a UK windowsill would be too hot. Your windowsill is just less ideal than the environment it was growing in prior to being sent off to the shop and sold. Don't worry too much about it, it will start looking better soon.
  3. It's possible that the older leaves won't regain their dew and will die off eventually, but all new leaves should be dewy again.
  4. Haha, wow. Reminds me of the bloke who bought a photo of an Xbox for £450.
  5. Looks like right now they're sold out on everything that isn't Dionaea, Sarracenia or Pinguicula. Even the Drosera capensis is sold out! I might order a Pinguicula gigantea white flower as well, but I think I'll wait until they get more in stock again. The prices and pictures look great, at least.
  6. Honestly I'm at a loss for words, this is just terrible. All you can do is move forward and start anew. I can only wish you the best of luck.
  7. Boiling the water doesn't get rid of the minerals inside, you have to use distilled, deionised, demineralised, rain or reverse osmotised water. You can buy demineralised water cheaply in your local supermarket, it's the same thing you buy for a flatiron (although you best pick a variety that isn't perfumed if you don't want your plants to smell like eucalyptus). It doesn't hurt if you only water it once or twice with tap water, but if you do it on a regular basis the minerals will build up and the plant won't survive. Are you able to grow it outside? You can repot at any time of the year as long as you don't damage any roots (and even if you do, the damage has to be pretty bad before the plant succumbs), the plant won't notice.
  8. Using tap water just once shouldn't be a problem, it's the buildup over time of minerals in the soil that causes them to kick the bucket. Luckily I still have some rain water left over, but some leaves (or animals, hopefully not) must have gotten in the tank, because it smells horribly foul. Distilled water it is, then!
  9. Great to hear, just goes to show many plants are a lot tougher and more adaptable to less than ideal conditions than some people make them out to be. Thanks for the info and the lovely pictures!
  10. Those Nepenthes are looking wonderful, are they standing on heatpads? Superb pitchers on the one sitting on the table, too.
  11. I recently ordered off Roraima and have to say it was a pleasant experience. The plants arrived in great condition and I even got a nice freebie as well. For some reason the order status on the website showed the package as sent even though it wasn't sent yet, which made me a bit worried at first, but everything got sorted out in the end. Great prices, great plants, great experience. Highly recommended.
  12. I've tried taking pictures but they don't really come out well. If I get a better camera I'll give it another go, but it's more or less a combination of the two below (except the plants are still younger and there are significantly less flowers yet). I don't cover the top because it would get too hot. For reference, the first picture is from here and the second from here.
  13. If you don't harden it off it will look sickly for a couple of days but afterwards will get right back to its regular growing schedule. However if it's excruciatingly hot and dry outside you're better off hardening it off because the shock might just be too big for it to shrug it off.
  14. I recently (about two months ago) filled a fish bowl with live sphagnum moss and put Heliamphora minor x heterodoxa, Utricularia sandersonii and some pygmy sundews in it and sprinkled some Drosera regia seeds on there as well. So far they all seem to be liking it and all the seeds germinated. It's on a south facing window but the light is filtered slightly. The lack of drainage isn't as big of a problem as some make it out to be and the living moss provides ample 'breathing space', and even if something should go wrong it's easy to see it on time through the clear glass bowl. Next time I won't put pygmy sundews in this kind of setup anymore, though, because they're so small you can barely spot them against the moss. I water until the water level reaches 2 or 3 cm, then wait until it's fully depleted again (but the moss is still wet) before watering again. Easy to keep track of, easy to care for and it looks nice (and will look even better as the plants slowly fill up the bowl). The plants would grow just as well in a normal pot, though. I'm thinking of doing a similar setup with a Nepenthes, but the only one I know of that would stay compact inside the bowl is Nepenthes argentii and it's pretty expensive.
  15. The first one at least looks like it's still somewhat alive. You could try snipping off the good-looking leaves and put them on your soil mix and keep them moist. If they're still alive you should get several tiny plantlets sprouting from those leaves in a matter of days/weeks. If they aren't alive anymore you won't have lost anything. Of course if they're still alive they will just resume growth eventually anyway. I hope it works out, Drosera rotundifolia is a lovely plant (and I hope someday someone will discover a tropical variety of it so it can be kept indoors).