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  1. Although this one has been flowering for a number of years it was only last year that it first produced some berries. Only put them in the soil around the base of the plant but they didn't come up. So hoping that this year there might be more berries and that I'll have better luck some seed growing.
  2. Don't hate me Nigel , but my place is just over 9 hectares with about 30% of that laterite, as a mixture of fine soil and/or fine gravels up to metre diameter rocks. Lateritic soils would be the most dominant type in this area and because we have many native CP's it's not unusual to see some of them in this type of soil. Cheers, Zig
  3. Thanks Nigel. So I gather you're wanting to try it in the soil type it naturally grows in. I initially thought there may be some characteristics of laterite that made it good for growing CPs, but I see where you're coming from. Here I've seen D. burmanni and D. dilatatopetiolaris growing naturally in lateritic soil, though not exclusively. Cheers Zig
  4. I'm curious to know what's the interest in laterite. Haven't heard anything about it's use for plants, always imagined there'd be an imbalance of iron and possibly aluminium. So I'm keen to find out if it'd be useful for me (well, my plants actually).
  5. Thanks for the comment Manders. It does get a bit complicated. I think they did over do it with the slow release. There was a lot all through the soil and then a handful of it sitting on top of the soil. The plant is starting to develop a lot of new pitchers now but we're in our wet season. There's also 3 new shoots coming up from the soil. This morning it was 30C and 90% humidity, but dry season it'll be far from that.
  6. Thanks TCurrel. Funnily enough, the advice on the tag that was on the plant said not to give it fertiliser. However, the soil was full of it. The nursery that produced it doesn't seem too good at taking its own advice.
  7. Thanks Picol. I was also hoping for an opinion on the slow release fertiliser in the potting soil but anyway, I'll replace it. There are reddish spots inside the pitcher. Here's a couple more photos giving an idea of the size of pitcher and the inside of it. Thanks again for your input.
  8. I'm new to Nepenthes but I recently bought one from one of the big stores. I'm assuming it's a ventricosa. Didn't realise it at first but it's flowering, male. It has one good pitcher and 2 that are past their 'use by date'. Pitcher and leaves are quite large. The soil in the pot is very light but full of slow release fertiliser. Looked like there had been a handful of fertiliser thrown on the top of the soil as well. So my main question is should I replace the soil (and the slow release fertiliser)? I understand Nepenthes like most cps don't like inorganic fertilisers. There are red brown blotches on some of the leaves, and a larger blotch which looks like sunburn. I don't know whether the smaller blotches are natural or a result of the fertiliser.
  9. Their size certainly makes it difficult to get a photo. This is one in habitat together with Drosera dilitato-petiolaris and U. hamiltonii to give an idea of its size.
  10. I've been growing these over many years, so I'll just have to disagree with you.
  11. You've done well. Getting the cuttings to root and small tubers to develop isn't so difficult. But it's after that where the difficulties arise, getting the first leaf.
  12. Vanilla is really the only one I know of but it needs to get high to flower, and the flowers aren't particularly remarkable. I'd think with a min of 18C though it shouldn't be a problem. But could depend on how long it stays that low. There is Erythrorchis cassythoides, but it's a saprophyte and difficult, if not impossible, to cultivate.
  13. Your post prompted a check up on Habenaria which has resulted in me realising that my species is in fact H. halata and not H. ochroleuca. To add to that confusion, one of the online databases I use for IDing orchids lifted one of my photos labelled "ochroleuca" without my knowledge and added it to their entry for H. ochroleuca. As a consequence they're wrong but they've never picked it up. They should have at least checked it for accuracy. I'll have to let them know. We have 9 species of Habenaria native here although so far I've only identified one on my place.
  14. I put the wrong URL link, for a thumbnail instead of the larger image. Try again.
  15. Medusa is special. My species is ochroleuca.