Getting there... as you can see in a short time my seedlings have a forth leaf. This is somewhat of a shock to me as light levels are low at the moment and my house isn't the warmest. For windowsil growning I am more than happy with how well they are coming along.
One of the things I was told was they CPs are slow to grow... Well the little D. capensis is shooting up. I have no idea if it is because they have sprintails to eat or just quick growing but now the first of them has its second full leaf. As you can see in the image it is still clutching its first dinner and has another open leaf just waiting for the next to jump in, there is also the third leaf already poking up. To me this is fast,
I wish I could get a good image of my little seedling and its prey as I am shocked at the speed that it is digesting it.
In less than 48 hours my little plant has turned this soft bodied hexapoda into mush. It is most seen at the point where the plant has the unfortunate creature in its grasp. The body has turned from a bright white colour to a brownish hue and is much thinner. I can not be sure that part of this is not down to the normal decomposition but the speed at which it is happening and the fact the it is more pronounced at the points of contact with the plant lends itself to the fact the the plant can consume something at a speed I didn't think it was capable of.
A bit of a panic as I look in on my little mirco world this morning as I see one of the little seedlings has got itself a sprintail, now tis wouldn't worry me too much as they eat dead and rotting plant matter but in the tiny trap of my Drosera it looked HUGE! IT did cross my mind to find a pin and with the help of a strong lens to remove the springtail. I thought better of it as I'd most likely damage the plant in trying to remove it.
Happy to see looking at it again about an hour later all the little tentacle wrapped tightly around its first feed. It could have bitten off more than it could chew but it is making a good go at taking it down. What a week first healthy seedlings, first leaf with dew and now first feed.
*Fuzzy* image is the best I could of the plant with prey when the tentacles had not yet responded to the food.
Well after the failed attempt to grow D. capensis (typical) on cotton wool and getting very weak looking seedlings I have started again this time with Sphagnum flexuosum. A little in a pot and seeds sprinkled on top and bingo, from ten seed I have six strong looking seedlings that have just started to show the first little red dots of true leaves. At the moment all the little tentacles are closed in to the middle of the leaf giving the look of a closed fist with red nail polish on.
As i say they are growing on sphagnum that I am sure is alive but looks like it is slow growing and the new buds are coming up clear, not green?!? Well in any case the little plants look to have taken to it well. I can see a few tiny roots but hard to see as in the folds of the sphagnum. I put down the low germination rate down to the fact that some of the seeds fell deep into the moss and so haven't had enough light.
Fingers crossed I will have six good plants but at this point one would be a 100% increase in my success rate.
I'm not very good with plants and the ones I've ever taken care of are ones pushed onto me unwillingy by other people. As you can imagine, someone who is forced to take care of something is not going to enjoy it and has a higher probably of failing than someone who is highly motivated to suceed.
This is the first time I've ever wanted to take care of a plant AND suceed. I've always been fascinated with carnivorous plants and I've always hated bugs. I like things that serve both function and decor. A plant that is beautiful AND kills bugs/can dispose of the bugs I kill? Can 1+1 = 2 any better?
I'm a caregiver and my grandmother doesn't speak English (sometimes pretends not to speak English to get away with doing things she shouldn't). One such thing is closing the screen door during the summer when she likes to sit outside on the porch thus letting in my most hated enemies (aside from sleep deprivation and boredom)...bugs!
At least this time I'll have a pretty sidekick who could benefit from me killing all those pesky things if the little guy doesn't kill them him/herself! Haha!
So, during the last week of January I finally did it! I bought my first carnivorous plant - a Pinguicula (P. Laueana CP3 - the one with the disposition to have pink leaves). So pretty and just the right size for a room that has no room (because my grandmother and godmother are hoarders).
My first mishap started within minutes of receiving the little one. When I removed the moss surrounding it I did not expected for it to FALL out of the pot in a tiny clump! It was a heart-in-mouth moment for me! Fortunately the fall wasn't a big one but I was afraid the fall had upset the roots.
I was so freaked out that I called the nursery I ordered it from and the poor guy on the phone calmed me down saying that it was bare-root and that plants are tougher than we think. I hope he's right because so far I've been fussing and worrying about my little guy but more on that later. xD
So, we are having a drought that is, without fail, the wettest drought i have ever seen...
24 flood warnings and counting, and i can pretty much guarantee that Hillsborough, just down the road from me, will have something akin to flooded streets.
All you with water butts, enjoy yourselves. Everyone else, take care!
Source: The Wettest Drought!
P.S I didn't forget my blog!
Well so begins my descent into carnivorous plant madness... I’m starting out with ten Sarracenia alata seed. Sounds harmless enough but I have been informed that this is more than enough to have this addiction take hold. I have seven in the fridge sitting moist waiting for the days to get a little longer (long time) I really should get some lighting rigs but well I’m starting from the bottom up and my girlfriend will kill me if I do. I already have some long term plans such as.
Large bog garden. This will take some convincing of the gf as will mean losing a fifth of the lawn. Plus she is sure it will be swarming with mozzies
Terrarium. Again some convincing as she will be sure to think I’m filling with crawling life, poison tree frogs and other cute but deadly things.
It is not that I don’t have a free reign to do as I will, just after letting a few things escape in the house I have to clear things that come in, much like customs.
While not being new to gardening and horticulture this will be my first time growing cps. Before now my obsession has been with the more toxic plants that crop up in the uk. Garden is filling up with Digitalis and such and all of them look to attract a huge amount of insect life and I’m thinking the bog garden can be the little dark side of paradise. Also working out how to plant some Giant Gunnera around the bog without it ripping through any membrane, seeds are on standby with many others for this more primal corner of the garden.
Ok, i remembered i had a Blog, and i'm posting, so i deserve points for that.
I recently replaced my incredibly ripped plastic greenhouse cover, and now, it's not incredibly ripped. Magic eh? My plants like it, and i do, so everyone's a winner!
I'm dreading winter, and especially with my Cephalotus, but, i will persist. I've been talking to a grower called andy about Tissue Culture, and he kindly offered to send me some MS and agar, all i need to do is buy some PPM and tubs. Simples!
I also altered my cuttings/seeds set up, so me LED light is literally 1" away from the cuttings/seeds. I hope it works.
I also have a freshened vigor for plants for some reason, i wonder where it will get me.
So, if you read this, you now know a little more about someones un-interesting life. Congratulations!
Lutz Pludra kindly offered to write a page about tuberous sundews.
It can be seen here: http://www.growsundews.com/sundews/Tuberous_sundews-general_survey_for_growing_tuberous_Drosera.html
We are working on finalizing the page now, so any input and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If you have pictures you'd like to add to the page, please let me know.
A few sample pictures:
Drosera menzisii var. basiflora in bloom
Tubers of Drosera stolinifera
This is ship's Captain. Current stardate: 22318...... Oop's, wrong one.
Ok, this is The Beggining of my blog, which will follow me and my plants, and the progress we make. I probably won't post regularly, and when i do, it probably won't be inteesting. But i will anyway.
So, let's see, i'm a Carnivorous Plant fanatic. I love Sarracenias and Cephalotus'. And, that's it. My life in a nutshell really.
Blog: Over and out.
I did this 5 mile walk on the 19th May 2011. The walk starts in Madeley, a village in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire. Nice walk over farmland with lots of different livestock.
I did this walk on the 9th May 20011. A 5 mile walk from Upton Warren, a small village in the Wychavon district, in Worcestershire. The village is situated just off the A38 between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa, and on the River Salwarpe. The walk starts from the Church and takes you through farmland, along the river and canal, onto public footpaths and also some minor and main roads.
I did this walk on the on the 9th May 2011. A 2.6 mile walk which starts on an old now closed part of the A38 near Bromsgrove. A short rural walk in sight of the busy M5 motorway which takes 1 hour + to do and takes you on some main roads but also nice quiet footpaths and farmland.
I did this walk on the 6th May 2011. A 6.5 mile walk near the Staffordshire town of Eccleshall which is located seven miles north west of Stafford, and six miles west of Stone. Eccleshall is twinned with Sancerre in France. The walk takes you down quiet lanes, public footpaths and bridle ways. Mostly flat easy walking in the Staffordshire countryside.
I did this walk on the 4th May 2011. A 4 mile circular walk from Shifnal, a small market town in Shropshire, about 3 miles east of Telford. Once an important staging post on the road from London to Holyhead. The town still boasts many good quality hotels, inns and pubs. Charles Dickens stayed here and featured some of the town's buildings in 'The Old Curiosity Shop'. Little Nell is buried in the graveyard of Tong Church closeby. Shifnal widened its grand main street in the 13th century after the town was granted a market charter. Nearby stands Boscobel House, the site of the Royal Oak where Charles II hid after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Other attractions include the RAF Musuem at Cosford and Weston Park.
I did this walk on the 30th April 2011. The route is near and around the Cotswolds RAF Little Rissington and is about 4.5 miles long on public footpaths, bridleways and fields some with livestock. There is plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for including: hares, deer, foxes, red kite, buzzards and kestrels.
RAF Little Rissington is an RAF Aerodrome and former RAF station in Gloucestershire, England. It was once home to the Central Flying School, the Vintage Pair and the Red Arrows. Built during the 1930's and closed in 1994. Although the aerodrome is still owned by the Ministry of Defence and remains active today.
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I did this walk on the 29th April 2011. A 4 mile walk from the Cotswolds village of Long Compton. The walk starts at the Village Hall, through rural farmland with some livestock. Not a flat walk but there is a steady climb as you leave the village. Great views at the highest point, then a nice gradual decent through fields back down into the village.
Long Compton is a village and civil parish in Warwickshire, England near the extreme southern tip of Warwickshire, and close to the border with Oxfordshire. It is part of the district of Stratford-on-Avon and in the 2001 census had a population of 705. The village is in the Cotswolds and is located on the A3400 (formerly the A34) from Oxford to Stratford-upon-Avon. As the name implies it is a long village. In the centre is the large church of St Peter and St Paul, which dates from the 13th century.
I did this walk on the 29th April 2011, a 5 mile circular walk from Charlbury town centre follows the well-signposted Oxfordshire Way in an anti-clockwise direction. Charlbury is situated north-west of Oxford in the Evenlode Valley, surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside. Nearby are the historic towns of Woodstock, Burford and Chipping Norton. Charlbury is a small market town, typical of the Cotswolds, with colourful cottage gardens and houses built of local materials. The walk parallels the Evenlode Valley through pasture fields and cropland, as well as along tracks and roads, crossing the Evenlode and heading back across rolling hills to Charlbury.
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