Tim Caldwell

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About Tim Caldwell

  • Birthday 06/05/1970

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  1. Starter Pinguicula

    I think it's always exciting to get flowers. If you're able to grow mexican pings then you can't go past P. laueana when it comes to spectacular flowers, and the rosettes are attractive too.
  2. Albomarginata in UK garden Centres ?!?!?!?

    I've grown albomarinata for years in a terrarium that's mostly in bright shade and it does very well, pitchering all year round. In winter temps can get down to 10 C or lower. In one very hot summer with temps in the mid to high 40s C its growing point died, but it sent out a side shoot and recovered just fine. The pitchers of this species have really thick, rigid walls and they last for a surprisingly long time, with the result that even a small plant can have quite a few pitchers at one time. Mine is the (boring) green form, but it's a very pleasant shade of green! Seriously, a very nice and easy lowlander. I wish I had more termites to feed it with.
  3. P. esseriana Giant form

    I love seeing series of photos like this that show a plant's development over time. Thanks for that!
  4. Utricularia graminifolia wallpaper...

    Stunning photos of a beautiful Utric, and spectacularly displayed! Awesome. Cheers, Tim
  5. Utricularia leptoplectra flowering

    Tropicbreeze, I saw what looked like a Drosera binata in one of your photos. What other species of CPs have you found in your area? Cheers, Tim
  6. Five new species

    Fantastic pics in a fantastic environment! You guys should share your stories of adventure with some film studio in New York. Of course in a movie, at least one of you will end up getting eaten by one of your discoveries. But it'd be a great movie, and I can hear the cash registers chiming :-) Cheers, Tim
  7. Drosera gigantea

    It's great the plant can survive in those conditions - very convenient! I've never really tried to cultivate any tuberous drosera, but I live in an area where D. auriculata, D. peltata and D. aberrans are extremely common. Summers here are very dry and I suppose that would be the safest, most ideal conditions for tuberous Drosera during their dormancy. But hey, if you can get away with having a wet pot and some Pings in there with it, that's fantastic! Cheers, Tim
  8. N. campanulata blooming

    I had a N. maxima that flowered from stress once... and the stalk only produced three flowers! Your flower stalk isn't that bad but it doesn't have many flowers on it. If that's the best the plant can manage at the moment then maybe cutting the stalk off now while it's young might be a good idea.
  9. pinguicula laueana question

    Thanks for the offer Jim, but I'm kinda hoping I'll get both :-) P. laueana's flowers really can be spectacular, and this particular clone wasn't a disappointment. "Deep bright Pink" doesn't really do justice to the colour, which deserves a new name in the English language. Maybe 'superpink', 'ultrapink' or 'megapink' or "quick, find my sunglasses" pink. The whole point of the carnivorous summer leaves is really just to fuel the production of more 'megapink', which must require quite a lot of nutrients.
  10. pinguicula laueana question

    Thanks Sean, that's reassuring. And yes, I bought the P. laueana at the VCPS show a year ago, it's a bright pink-flowered form that was labelled "SP 1 x CP 2". It's produced a couple of tiny summer leaves, but mostly it's just flowering, probably a dangerous thing for my eyes if I forget to put my sunnies on :-) The other plants I bought at the show last year: U. longifolia var. forgetiana, D. rotundifolia "Lake Woahink Oregon" and a Cephalotus, which are all doing well so far. The U. prehensilis is loosing to the U. subulata it's competing with, but it's still hanging in there. The Drosophyllum I bought immediately went downhill and died, but produced some nice flowers first. I'd say at least a few of those probably came from you. Cheers, Tim
  11. pinguicula laueana question

    It's spring here and my P. laueana is just sending up its fourth consecutive flower, which is nice, but it hasn't really started to produce leaves yet. Is this a sign it's in trouble and flowering itself to death, or should I just take a "chill pill" and enjoy the flower display? Cheers, Tim
  12. Newbies new plants

    Hi, It's always exciting to get your first plants from a genus you've never tried before - especially if that genus happens to be Nepenthes! It's completely normal for them to suffer a little bit of shock from transport. The species/hybrids you chose are all very easy, great beginners plants, so once they settle in they should do well. Cheers, Tim
  13. Nepenthes article in the Financial Times!

    True - that's what artificial fertilisers are for :-) Their trap has made an ingenious use of the most abunant local resource - water. We all know that water can make things slippery, but on this tiny scale insects have the advantage, with their ridiculous size-to-weight ratio and intricate claws. Nepenthes have maintained their own advantage by finding a way to turn water into a lubricant that even works on this minute scale. And now human scientists are proud of replicating the achievment. Cheers, Tim
  14. Nepenthes article in the Financial Times!

    Thanks Phil, it sounds to me like they're talking about the peristome. I've read that it works much more efficiently in high humidity or when it's wet, which seems to be what they're describing in these articles. So if I understand correctly, they're saying that in addition to being smooth and inherently slippery, the peristome has water-resistant properties that work to make it even slipperier by ensuring that any moisture between an insect's foot and the peristome will slide over the peristome's surface and prevent traction. Devilishly evil. Cheers, Tim
  15. Nepenthes article in the Financial Times!

    Does anyone know which surface on a Nepenthes pitcher they're talking about? Is it the peristome, or part of the inner surface of the pitcher?