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  1. I've now had an email asking me to close the dispute, so that the money can be refunded. The problem now is that if I close the dispute and a refund doesn't arrive, then I can't reopen it. So I'm going to let paypal settle this - if he wants he can email paypal about issuing a refund and they will close the dispute early. I don't think I am being too cynical; the trust has gone in this sale. Too much delaying and faff - if I were the seller, I'd be mortified and would have issued a refund well before now. I wonder how long this would have went on for if I hadn't emailed? It's already been 6 months since I placed the order. @Carambola - yeah, that sucks. It does seem pointless to ask for dead plants to be shipped around. I'm puzzled as to what is going on with this seller, to throw away what seems like several years building a business. It's not like CP enthusiasts are a gigantic group, and word will spread.
  2. I received the following response on paypal from David: "I am very sorry for this situation and complication,paypal is blocking money to you,I will refund you money, of course.regards, david" I've now escalated to a formal claim with paypal. Glad I paid using credit card for extra protection. As far as I know paypal does not block refunds until the case is escalated to a formal claim, at which point they lock the funds until they make a decision. So his response that paypal would not let him refund me at that stage seems dishonest.
  3. I have just put in for a refund via paypal. I ordered 335Euro of plants from David for my University on the 28th February (I tried to order more, but many listed on the website were not available). I get the feeling the plants will never arrive. I have been asked to confirm my delivery address twice, and I have "confirmed" a delivery date several times only for this to pass with no word. My last email on the 1st August remains unanswered. I have ordered from David once before, with a small order around 100euros. I received quite a few free plants (some small Pinguicula and airplants) and the overall quality of plants was reasonable - a few were rather small, but they have settled fine. My only small complaint was that a specimen of Utricularia 'jitka' was missing, and the specimens of Drosera finysonia were broken during shipping, and arrived DOA. However, at the time I was very busy with teaching and did not email David to tell him - so I can't really blame him here as I did not give him an opportunity to act. But it is worrying that missing plants does not seem an isolated occurrence, judging from the responses here. I'd rather not get freebies and just get the plants I actually order. I don't think I will order from David again, and cannot recommend him to others. It's just not worth the faff compared to other sellers.
  4. Thanks everyone for the replies (sorry for radio silence, I moved house recently and did not have access to the internet). It is interesting to see this in other species too - and I was growing mine in very high humitidy. I've had a lot of success growing utrics in Rotho plastic containers, where they flower profusely and grow very rapidly, but it does change the leaf morphology a lot in some species (e.g. U.calicifida begins to look like U.sandersonii). None of the others have produced leaf traps so far, but I'll keep an eye out. I wonder if only certain species can do this (e.g. subgenus?). Thanks for the paper link as well - it looks an interesting read (I'll try dive into this at the weekend!).
  5. Here are some photos - The first photo (6.3x mag) shows the general form as best I could snap quickly under the microscope. The second is taken at 12.5x mag and shows individual traps. I'm sure someone else has noticed this, but I was still excited to see something "new" nonetheless. -Grant
  6. Hi Folks, I wanted to ask if anyone else has noticed traps arising from the leaves in U. sp. "Hermanus"? I noticed a small row of traps in the middle of the leaves the other day. At first I thought some small stalked "animacules" (e.g like a big Stentor) had taken up residence, but under the microscope they appear to be traps. I don't think I've ever seen this on any other species of Utricularia (I'm no expert though). Is this something found in other species? Is it a character that defines U. sp."Hermanus"? I tried a quick google but didn't have much luck finding other examples (the only one close I could fine was be U.graminifolia, but these seem to be coming off leaf+stolon extensions of the plant, rather than directly from the leaves). I'll try to get a photograph later. Cheers, Grant
  7. I have to admit I'm not that familiar with al the T5 stuff (I use Dulux systems which nobody else seems to use ). I had a look on a UK site called Dartfrog.co.uk for a comparison and they have T5 bulbs - a 14W high efficiency 5800K biovital (UVA,UVB) 549mm bulb is £12.49. The higher the wattage the cheaper the bulbs are and they dip to around £7 for the 35W ones (although they can't ship these outside the UK). It seems your deal is rather good, although I can't tell you about the brand. On an aside, I get good results from the Dulux units (same website). They run at 55w or 80w but I only use one rather than several T5 bulbs. They are quite useful for tall enclosures which might be an idea for your Nepenthes.
  8. I spoke to a few people prior to buying mine as it was reputed to be a difficult plant to culture...I have not met with success! I think it is difficult to culture in terraria, owing to the difficulty in keeping it colder (14-22C). Also: Poor spiders!
  9. Wow, you can get this actually grow? I have one in a terrarium and it is just existing day to day. Tried to keep temps low but it seems very fussy. It would be mega awesome to have this plant as ground cover however, it's very pretty when it is growing well.
  10. I use a spore of moss designed for bonsai, known as "Kyoto moss". You can buy it from www.dartfrog.co.uk amongst others. I bought a pack and have absolutely tons of spores, way more than you'd need for a 2ft tank (you could probably do 5 tanks! of this size). It tolerates warm humid conditions well and appreciates decent light levels once established. It is low growing and mat forming. I agree with above posts suggesting that Ping's and Nepthenes are not great partners. I always found my pings would rot if humidity was too high without decent airflow. Do you have any fans on the terrarium BTW? I find an extractor fan to remove heat and stop air becoming stale to be essential.
  11. ID suggestions?

    Mobile - interesting. I used to flood the bottom of the container but initially it looked like the plant was struggling. Now that it's settled I'll see how it grows waterlogged :) Marcus used to culture U.graminifolia and it seems this is a good contender. [Edit = also, your specimen there is looking very good!] Actually, I forgot to mention the second plant has tuberous growths underneath the leaves - U.graminifolia have these yes? I suppose that would make a putative ID easier (d'oh!). Maik: I don't think the second is U.dichotoma as I have a culture of this growing in another portion of the tank from definite ID and it has a more compact leaf, grows in a more dense pattern and does not have tuberous structures underneath the leaves as mentioned. Thanks for the help, I'll wait and see if I get any flowers and try for a more definite ID.
  12. ID suggestions?

    Heh, thanks - U. graminifolia is what I meant indeed. Thanks for the help, with luck they will flower and I can try a more reliable ID. I got these from a friend and many lacked labels(I think marcus just knew what they were), so I only had a growlist with which to narrow things down (unfortunately, he had lots of Utrics that all look similar at a glance!).
  13. ID suggestions?

    Hi All, I have two Utrics that I'm not sure of the ID on. I think they might be U.tricolor ( or U.nephrophylla? - less sure) and U.geminifolia. No flowers unfortunately, just foliage. Utric 1: U.geminifolia? (The small round leaves are from common duckweed, the Utric is the one with elongate leaves. Utric 2: U.tricolor? U.nephrophylla? Kind regards, Grant
  14. Yeah, I like to plan ahead, these will be spring purchases :)
  15. Ah yes, I actually used to have one of these, how odd that it should slip my mind They are quite pretty plants, although the one I had never reached it's full potential and sadly passed on after about a year of average growth. I think in my new set up it should probably thrive. I actually found this website (below) which has really good photos of some interesting species. Utricularia I think I'll try hunt down U.reniformis, U.pubsecens, U.nephrophylla and U.nelumbifolia, as well as U.menziessi. The trouble I have is that I have yet to see my specimens flower, which would aid ID. I received my Utrics from Marcus Rossberg, and many have either lost their ID or were swapped into new pots without ID attached. I'm sure people with more experience could ID at a glance, but I get stuck with some of the similar forms. It will be nice to buy some with definite ID's. :)