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  1. The D. pulchella Gemmae are growing up rather quick, a quick head count was at 50+ so basically 100% sprouted. I'm steadily introducing them to less humidity into exposed air outside, while also increasing direct sunlight exposure. Gave them their first feeding with a weak seaweed emulsion that's extremely diluted in pure RO, that I feed the adult plants with too with great success so far. Using a syringe with 18G needle, making a drop form on the tip, then letting it rub off on the tentacles of the plant. This ensures it gets absorbed into the leaf while avoiding any fertilizer to enter the substrate. Nothing else too exciting happening. Just collecting loads of seeds, while watching all the plants grow at a steady pace....
  2. A quick update on the Drosera pulchella Gemmae. They were sown on 11·11·2017 And this pic was now taken on 26·11·2017
  3. So today I noticed something is up with Mr. Pinguicula ehlersiae. After much deliberation and Google-Fu seems it's throwing out adventitious roots, and probably getting ready to divide. They just seem a tad high up on the plant though? The D. pulchella are still spitting out Gemmae at a steady rate. Around 65 were collected off two plants on Saturday, and by today they are filled with new ones, with an additional two plants having some too. Seems I'll be doing lot's of out of season trading, have already been offered VFT offsets in trade (7 VFT's for 130 Gemmae) which sounds very fair to me.
  4. cephalotus follicularis on sale locally

    Ofcourse it's true, who lasts 3 hours to get such spectacular results!?
  5. Another normal day in my strange life... While inspecting the Drosera pulchella I noticed they look different (I'm a first time pygmy owner, have had them since July though) After consulting Peter Hewitt , Therese and Jaco van den Berg turns out they have Gemmae! That in it's own isn't unusual, right? Except I'm in Pretoria, South-Africa, and it's the 10th November with Spring being at it's peak... Kinda strange seeing them with flowers all over and covered in Gemmae too.
  6. Any chance at identification and issues

    A good general insecticide is the one from Margeret Roberts, all organic formulation, as suggested by Peter Hewitt to treat Carnivorous plants with. My D. capensis had a bad infestation, and that cleared it right up.
  7. Any chance at identification and issues

    That looks like a Nep from Hungry Plants. Peter Hewitt ID's it as Red Lantern, a N. gracilima x ventricosa hybrid, or aka N. Rebecca Sopor. Hungry Plants has it ID'd as N. Red Bell, a N. Alata x unknown hybrid. As for the red spots, I'm assuming that would be light related, where it got hit with too intense or unfiltered sunlight? If that's the case the leaf will keep it and will only be able to remedy it on new growth by avoiding too bright light or direct sun.
  8. Hello from Sunny South Africa

    Hi and welcome from a fellow SAfrican! I'm over in Gauteng, Pretoria's side.
  9. I've got the normal just under full palm of hand size outside in the garden. Please, don't let them escape to outside... They decimate in order of most expensive down to cheaper plants it seems. Haha
  10. My first cactus

    Congrats man! Prickly pear's used to be one of my fav's when growing up, buy a bucket full on the way home from school and they would not survive the trip before being all eaten up I see unfortunately this one is an invasive here, explains why it was EVERYWHERE
  11. Went to have a look at one of our local nurseries on Tuesday, friendly guy named Jaco of Bizarre Tropicals. And yep, you guessed it, more plants for the collection! First off some Orchids. A few new Carnies. And while I had the camera out, some snaps of the D. capensis flowering.
  12. I ordered some extension tubes from Wish about a month ago, which arrived at the post office yesterday. Took a few shots using the 55-250 lens, and seems much easier to use than the reverse ring method, and can get a bit more of the subject into the shot. Well, here are the first trial shots. Will practise a bit more in the coming days.
  13. It was identified as an adventitious root which is still steadily budding out. Signs that the plant is maturing. Spring is now in full swing! D. tracyi, D. capensis wide leaf, D. capensis all red... Everything shooting up flower stalks Last count on the red form, the first stalk has around 40 flowers budding, and if nature does it's thing well about 100 seeds per flower, even if only half are viable that's a hell of a lot of new potential plants. And it is busy shooting up a second flower stalk, so who knows how much seedlings may come from this plant
  14. The pulchella are still flowering along. At least one flower per day, which starts opening at around 9am and is almost completely closed by 12:30pm. Today two of them had a flower that bloomed in sync. Mr Hitchhiker Binata is also making steady progress... Also have my first successful strikes on capensis leaf cuttings that were first floated in RO water, but moved them to a wet peat bed rather for stability, everything moved all over when I looked for progress every time while in the water container.
  15. I realise this is probably boring to the vets, but being my first CP's I'm quite excited that my Drosera pulchella's first flower opened today!