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  1. This rare and small Mexican Pinguicula species is starting to color up well under the lights. A few springtail/bloodworm feedings have helped it to put on some size in the last couple of months. Looking forward to seeing how this one matures. dvg
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  2. Thanks Corky. Here are a few pics from today. One of these crested forms in a 3 inch clay pot, resting atop a bed of garnets. dvg
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  3. Wouldn't it be nice if people would learn the rules, eh? There's just a couple really.
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  4. Good to see this has reappeared indeed :0) I have now obtained one from a French grower, italian grower and an English one so it will be very interesting to see how they compare
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  5. I use this small portion of my G/h to a multicultural mix of plants that grow with nepenthes, like Amorphophallus, orchids , aristolockia vines, and various others ,
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  6. I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to get back to this subject about the Hummer Giant, but I had to make a few phone calls to friends and to John Hummer to see if I could make some sense out of all this. Here is what I currently know. I spoke to John Hummer tonight 3.17.2014, we had a nice long conversation regarding the Hummer Giant and how he acquired it. Hummer said (and keep this in mind that this happened closed to 30 years ago) Steven Beckworth (I apologies if I misspell his name) sent Hummer a shipment of large Cephalotus plants/Rhizomes , but Hummer never received the first shipment. Hummer thinks the agriculture inspectors confiscated the package, so Steven sent Hummer another shipment of plants, containing 5 to 6 rhizomes/plants, which Hummer did receive. Hummer gave a few of these plants away to friends and kept the rest for himself. During this time, Hummer started propagating and selling these plants as the Hummer Giant due to the size of the pitchers the plant produced. He sold plants to anyone who wanted them including me. I asked Hummer “tonight” if he knew if all the rhizomes/plants, he received, came from the same location or from the same mother plant. He said that he didn’t know, the only person who would know that would be Beckworth. I asked Hummer if there was the possibility that the shipment contained more then one clone, he said it’s a possibility, but again he did not know. Hummer stated that he was only able to get his plants to produce 6cm pitchers, “but” he did say that one of the friends he initially gave a rhizome to was able to produce a 7.5 cm pitcher. I spoke to another friend, Jeff Matteson. Jeff has been growing the Hummer Giant for many years now and he also acquired his plants from John Hummer. I asked Jeff if his plants produced the wide center rib and he stated yes, but not all the time. Jeff feels it has a lot to do with the condition the plants are growing under, whether or not they produce this wide rib. I tend to agree with Jeff, but I’m not sure what these conditions are…maybe it has something to do with the humidity and lighting or soil. I hope this helps, ~Charles
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