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#1 Phantom

 
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 17:52 PM

I'm currently on honeymoon in Hampshire, and earlier today popped into a Bournemouth B&Q to find a N. Albomarginata for the hefty sum of £3.98.

I was just wondering if this is a common thing down here/elsewhere, as I've never seen them in any shop/garden centres etc EVER up north ????

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 20:08 PM

I bought a couple of Neps last week from the local B&Q, but thought they were Ventrata (could well be mistaken however, and hopefully am since I bought a Ventrata from Little Shop of Horrors just a few weeks ago....).

At under £4 you cannot go wrong no matter what type they are. I also bought a Drosera Aliciae, forgetting that I'd sown about 300 seeds a couple of months ago :sarcastic_hand:

One thing that gets up my nose is that they lump all the CP's together on the label, and give a totally inadequate instructions on how to care for them - for anyone who has not bought one from B&Q, here they are in full.


Sarracenia/Dionaea/Nepenthes/Drossera (sic)

Dress Size (what???) - Extra small.

Watering Regime - Keep soil moist at all times. Prefers rainwater or boiled water that has cooled

Favourite Hangout - Place out of direct sunlight. Mist regularly.


I can see most of the CP's they sell dying in just a few months :suicide_fool-edit:

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:48 AM

I bought a Sarracenia From them once, it has literally never looked right.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:29 AM

I've only seen ventrata in DIY stores, would be great if they have started to stocking others though. At that price maybe one of the Hampshire CP sellers will stock up :lol:

Are you sure that your honeymoon hasn't effected your eyesight or judgement though? :JC_cupidboy: :sarcastic_hand:

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:33 AM

Hello,

I bought also a N. albomarginata in a French garden center 4 days ago.
Why did I buy it? Because it seems to have a color very close to a purple/black color... ;)

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:21 AM

How long before we see Eden Black at B&Q? :shock:

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:39 AM

How long before we see Eden Black at B&Q? :shock:

I don't think that the big TC labs are particularly interested in Cephalotus cultivars. I've never seen any of the more common ones, such as 'Hummer's Giant'. I see that 'Eden Black' is in the collection of someone who has TC capabilities though :wink:

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 13:37 PM

Just a couple of years then.... :yes:

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 20:46 PM

albomarginata in my B&Q today!

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 22:38 PM

Gonna have to take another look in there tomorrow then :rolleyes:

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:25 AM

Photos please. Have they labelled them correctly or is it very obvious?


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Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:26 AM

definitely an albomarginata
did not buy it though as I don't have lowland conditions

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 07:35 AM

definitely an albomarginata
did not buy it though as I don't have lowland conditions


Sincy it's a lowland nep, I will not be buying it either....

How many people are going to see that plant, recognise what type it is, and be able to give it the conditions it needs to survive?

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 09:23 AM

Looks like a 'buy to die' to me.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 09:38 AM

Are the ones in the uk green or dark colored? The greener varieties might do rather well in a windosill, going to have to pop in to my local today and have a look.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 10:22 AM

definitely an albomarginata
did not buy it though as I don't have lowland conditions

I thought you could get away with giving it intermediate conditions...

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 13:00 PM

I thought you could get away with giving it intermediate conditions...


Summer will not be a problem, if you have a warm room winter should be ok too (they grow at uptp 1200m, apparently thats as high as termites, ie their food, generally go in the tropics). If its a green variety i'll defintely give it a shot in a window if i can find one at B&Q prices, the darker varieties need more sun than we typically get.

I've a red one for a few years at room temperature but without additional light its a poor performer.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 06:59 AM

Not sure how relevant this is to the UK, but I've been growing the green form for about four years in an unheated terrarium that gets a good amount of direct sun. It's a bit slow in winter (temps can get down to around 10C in there) but it seems pretty indestructible. I nearly lost it in a serious heat wave once which killed the growth point, but it sprouted another one soon afterwards and recovered quickly. I wish the highlanders in there had been as resilient.

The pitchers of this species have very thick walls and are very rigid, and maybe it's for that reason that they last a long time. And it almost never produces a pitcherless leaf even in winter, so it usually has a few healthy pitchers at any given time, sometimes many. I notice that the distinctive white rim below the peristome often turns yellowish quite quickly, so maybe the "termite bait" has an earlier use-by-date than the rest of the pitcher, I don't know. Anyway, despite the very plain colour scheme I find the pitchers of this species quite attractive.

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Edited by Tim Caldwell, 26 August 2011 - 07:08 AM.


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Posted 26 August 2011 - 16:18 PM

definitely an albomarginata
did not buy it though as I don't have lowland conditions

Well, it is an intermediate species often mislabeled as a lowlander, so you don't have to worry about giving it lowland conditions. Intermediate temperature conditions are actually rather normal for humans, so intermediate species tend to be rather easy to grow as long as you have the other basic requirements covered.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 14:06 PM

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I got one today, can anyone identify it for me please

Edited by Dode, 27 August 2011 - 14:06 PM.