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  1. A few years ago I bought a medium sized wacky trap, each season after dormancy it would reappear but smaller, to the point this year that it's almost like a seedling. I have several other clones of flytrap that have become smaller too, they're in the same position and potting mix as all the others but seem to be regressing rather than maturing?. i am a little confused as to why a healthy, large robust plant from last year would re emerge half the size ? it also seems to be all my favourites typically ! any ideas ? cheers Blocky
  2. Oh yeah, I stand corrected.....
  3. There's something doesnt look right , apart from the price... if you look at the sellers feedback it shows they sold an identical plant for £10.00 and £2-50 postage.....
  4. Lovely purps but I'm not buying a bleedin guinea pig !
  5. It's a pain but easiest way I've found is to upload photo to a free photo imaging site , I use photobucket, then copy the image code next to the photo and post it back here.
  6. Nice one Frankie, they're all looking very happy. Cephs don't seem to like being moved around much so I'd find a good spot and leave them there. Semi shaded seems best for size of pitchers and colouring . Full sun will create darker red pitchers but they tend to be smaller, direct sun in high summer can be too much and cause the plant to get stunted . Before I knew this I spent one summer manoeuvring all my Cephs around the garden to keep them in full sun , at the end of the growing season they were looking pretty sorry for themselves but have recovered ok. They can stand in rainwater throughout the summer but best approach is to fill the trays to an inch or two of rainwater and allow the water to empty before refilling. Cheers blocky
  7. As well as being interesting to do, cross pollination is the usual way to produce a hybrid. Produce a good unique one and then you can register it and name it yourself, plus it'll be sought after and command a high price. Whilst I'd love to name something I created it's not as easy as it sounds, the vast majority of seedlings will just take on the characteristics of one of the parent plants but for some , something special will turn up out their batch . iIts a crazily addictive hobby though and most of us have the urge to own far more plants than we can actually make room for. Choose carefully I guess is the message , lots of clones and hybrids look very similar, I'm already considering downsizing my collection as there are too many similar looking plants. Cheers blocky
  8. The drosera look like rotundifolia but they're small and could change a bit and then be more like intermedia, both found in native Britain. You'll find any drosera you have will eventually end up popping up in your other pots but I quite like that habit and only remove them if they start growing in with a small slow growing plant as they can take over the pot. The green vft would possibly split down into 10 plants plus by the looks of it, there's no real need to divide though unless you want more plants. if you were to tip it out of its pot and loosen the soil you'd find the plant root is a type of bulb, some vft's stay as one bulb that gets bigger with age but most will have loads of smaller bulbs in a bunch and then it's just a matter of separating them out.... i have a vft that is a hybrid of an 'all green' crossed with a red vft, it is one of my strongest growing and largest plants, it has the red colouration but the growth rate of the green plant. In my conditions red vft's tend to be slower growing.... your plants all look to be very happy, I hope you get as much out of the hobby as I do, there's always something new to see or try. all the best blocky
  9. There's mixed views on the vft flowering thing. If you don't want the seeds and the plant is weak looking then cutting off the stalk will save it some energy but I usually leave mine to flower as they would naturally and have seen no ill effects , if you see my other post you'll see I have just potted on over 300 new seedlings from last years seeds. If your 'all green' and your 'red' vft flower together you could cross pollinate and see what you get when you germinate the seeds... If you do decide to cut the flower stalk you can get new plants by waiting till it's about 4inches high then cutting it off as low as possible then placing the stalk in either a tray with rain water in on my choice is a closed container of soaking sphagnum moss ensuring the 'cut' end is submerged. If successful in around a month or so new offshoots should appear along the stalk. best of luck blocky
  10. It's a great time of year as you can almost see the plants growing looks like your vft is flowering size too now if it hasn't done so already
  11. Come now Ada , everyone should have a Formosa in their collection
  12. There's no special care needed whilst flowering Merv. Just sit back and enjoy the show , it's always more special when your plant flowers for the first time !
  13. Chucked in some Leah Wilkerson x lightly veined giant seeds to see how they do][/URL]
  14. Welcome mate Ask anything, and do it now in a minute !
  15. Hi there, welcome to the site. I work near Stanford le hope which is fairly close to you I believe. This site is full of excellent advice and I agree with the already said comments. Nepenthes are beautiful but as there are highland and lowland species , some are easy, some are difficult and nearly all will need to be kept above freezing through winter, something to consider which is why I still only have one in my bathroom. Good luck and don't hesitate to post or pm all the best blocky