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  1. my 'adentate'

    I have been searching the internet lately, looking for nice photo of interesting Dionaea clones. For example I was looking for ‘adentate’ on google the other day, but not that many interesting photos available. So I though I would share a photo of my clone. Coloring nicely due to the colder nights. I have them outside in a cold frame until winter is coming. IMG_
  2. Dionaea"Chicot" evolution

    Hi Lucien, nice clone! How does this differ from your other similar clones like RMT Giant, Diable Rouge and Red microteeth? Can you give us some history lesson in this cloning evolution? What crosses did you make, what are the parent plants, are they seedgrown e.g. Kind Regards, Youri
  3. As an amateur I have been researching artificial growth light for Carnivorous plants some time now. I have even tried some new small Led lights with specific blue and red spectra for growing some Drosera. My initial goal was to turn any Drosera dark red with the lowest Watt’s. Although LEDs have great potential, I cultivate these plants in our living area, and the purple Led lights are not that fun to look at. This color spectrum is not suitable for human eyes. So back to fluorescent lighting, or white light. I am working on a new light armature using a combination of 3 fluorescent light tubes (PL). I have done my research on what my plants need and what the fluorescents light wavelengths can bring me. A combination of 3000K,4000K and 6500K will do fine, total Wattage of 70 watt. As I was doing my lamp research I stumbled on Fluorescent light tube replacements with LED tubes. Although the Lumen amount is less, the wavelengths are the same, 3000K-6500Kelvin. MASTER LEDtube InstantFit (HF) by a famous Dutch company… Has anyone here tried these fluorescent tube replacements with same color wavelength Kelvins? With what results? Kind regards, Youri
  4. Drosera intermedia "Cuba'

    a year ago I bought some Drosera intermedia “Cuba” seeds. I now have some doubts iff they are indeed “Cuba”. Although they are slow growing plants like Cuba. They are in bloom now, but the flower stalks are long and curled and the flowers seem pinkish. I have not seen the flowers open yet, so I don’t know the definitive flower colour. What do you think? Drosera intermedia “Cuba” or not? They are all year round/tropical. IMG_7258 by Youri Verbaas, on Flickr IMG_7259 by Youri Verbaas, on Flickr IMG_7260 by Youri Verbaas, on Flickr
  5. Hi I am planning to make a small terrarium with artificial lighting with the sole purpose to colour up Drosera intermedia tropicals, in a healthy way. Thus I am studying the various light spectra and purposes of different wavelength colours suitable for plant growth. It is a difficult subject and every grow light manufactures states their product are the best. Most of them use a combination of red and blue light, ratio 7:1. Does anyone have experience with these LED grow lights in relation with Drosera, and particularly Drosera intermedia tropical forms? This is an example of how I want to achieve my red colour, a sort of maroon red (picture not mine) https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/14581772523_4f4fe51bea_o.jpg What produces the redness in Drosera? I think it is mainly Antocyanin. So which colour spectra or colour LED combination makes Drosera produce Antocyanin? Some LED manufacturers state that the use of green LED in combination with Red and Blue produces the largest amount of Antocyanin. But scientific articles state that plants in particular cannot use the green wavelength tot heir benefit and thus stay green? I am a little dazzled right now, so want some advice of LED users. Any help is welcome, Youri
  6. Hi I am planning to make a small terrarium with artificial lighting with the sole purpose to colour up Drosera intermedia tropicals, in a healthy way. Thus I am studying the various light spectra and purposes of different wavelength colours suitable for plant growth. It is a difficult subject and every grow light manufactures states their product are the best. Most of them use a combination of red and blue light, ratio 7:1. Does anyone have experience with these LED grow lights in relation with Drosera, and particularly Drosera intermedia tropical forms? This is an example of how I want to achieve my red colour, a sort of maroon red (picture not mine) https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/14581772523_4f4fe51bea_o.jpg What produces the redness in Drosera? I think it is mainly Antocyanin. So which colour spectra or colour LED combination makes Drosera produce Antocyanin? Some LED manufacturers state that the use of green LED in combination with Red and Blue produces the largest amount of Antocyanin. But scientific articles state that plants in particular cannot use the green wavelength tot heir benefit and thus stay green? I am a little dazzled right now, so want some advice of LED users. Any help is welcome, Youri
  7. Now that the Temperature is rising, I have the same symptoms showing on my Darlingtonia as last year. Symptoms like not properly developing pitchers (due to stress?), small dotlike bitemarks spreading, starting near the bottom of the plant. Although there are some small spiders settled in my bogs, I noticed more smaller webbing possibly not from the spiders. I have thoroughly inspected my plants today and noticed small moving bugs on the bottom of the spotted pitchers, hardly seen with the naked eye. So to conclude: webbing, bitemarks dotlike shape, increasing with the increasing temperature, tiny bugs moving arround, could this be spider mite? I know my bugs, and they are definitely not aphids ore scaling bugs. So is spidermite the culprit? What can I do to get rid of them, chemically/ biologically without harming Darlingtonia or the environment? Any idea? Comments and suggestions are welcome. Regards, Youri
  8. I finally pimped up my outside plant growth rack, making it blackbird proof. The new rack can hold all my plant trays and has spare room left. It is easily accessible by a frame on hinges. What do you think? The things you got to do in lack of a greenhouse...
  9. semi-anthocyanin free flower

    You are right that it is not totally anthocyanin free, but the green bud is rather interesting. Maybe a semi-anthocyanin free clone? I am not claiming to have an Othello, or wanting to proclaim this name for this clone, just sharing my passion of Darlingtonia californica. As I said, I have to wait how this clone will develop in the future, but indeed very interesting flower and that in full sun.
  10. semi-anthocyanin free flower

    I got a Darlingtonia clone from someone for this years white mobile Darlingtonia bog expansion. It is a clone bought at a bug fair about 15-20 years ago by the former owner. He kept it growing outside, and I got a large piece of it. This years new bog only consists of live red Sphagnum with a bottom grit of charcoal pieces. No other substrate. The piece I got also has one flower emerging. The pitchers are all old growth, so don’t know the coloring yet, but here is the thing. The flower is not out of the ordinary. I have seen some photo’s of Freds “Othello”flower…, here is mine: Maybe this clone I got lacks red pigment by the look of the flower. To my recall, any Darlingtonia with the lack of anthocyanin including the flowers can be called ‘Othello’? I have to see in the future how this develops. What do you think?
  11. Darlingtonia flowers 2015

    Hi Fred, My mobile Darlingtonia bog is flowering too. They have survived outside for over a year now, with fowers as a result. I also have a question concerning a strange flower I encountered this year on a new Darlingtonia clone. But I will review this in a new post. I don' t want to spam yours;) Kind regards, Youri
  12. I noticed a mutant Drosera rotundifollia leaf today. Two leaves on one leafstalk. My question as follows: Will the genetics of this part of the leaf produce two leafed stalks when I take a cutting for propagation? Does anyone have experience with twoleaved Drosera rotundifollia and cloning this? I Will try to post a photo of the leaf lateron. Regards, Youri
  13. What to do against blackbirds? This year I have a hard time dealing with blackbirds. I always thought they were after Sphagnum moss for nesting e.g. But this year they are scavenging my Dionaea trays. No Sphagnum moss there. It looks like they are looking for worms or so, tearing up the substrate and ripping out the plants. Anyone have an idea to keep the birds at a distance? By the way don’t come up with the high pitch sonars or sirens, I don’t want nothing to do with those. I also cannot put up a giant net… Any help is welcome. Regards,
  14. Cephalotus Early Spring pictures

    Hi Matthew, I checked some of your Flickr account photos of your Cephalotus collection. Very nice. But I noticed you have some plants with (probably) powdery mildew. For example: IMG_20150425_170510035 IMG_20140820_112349926_HDR IMG_20140814_210655501 If this is indeed mildew and you are aware of this, how do you keep this at bay? What is your solution to the mildew pest? I have my plants in open air, full sun outside after winter, but this type of mildew is hard to get rid of. Regards, Youri
  15. Don’t let your Darlingtonia catch wasps. I caught my Darlingtonia catch a wasp. To escape the pitcher, he ate his way out. I removed the wasp that was munching my pitcher, just to find another living wasp inside this same pitcher. I did not know wasp were around already this time of the year. Last year wevils were eating my pitchers, looks like this year wasps are doing the same… By the way, I could not be an innocent bystander and removed the first wasp and try to drown the second still in the pitcher… Nature is cruel IMG_9387 by swerfer, on Flickr IMG_9388 by swerfer, on Flickr IMG_9390 by swerfer, on Flickr IMG_9389 by swerfer, on Flickr IMG_9391 by swerfer, on Flickr