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  1. Hello, I would like you to be informed of how my last order went with czplants.com. I'm not used to complaining very much about the plants I receive usually, and always happy to praise the good service of sellers, but this time, I'm really upset and disappointed. I just want to share my frustration. I ordered for a total amount of 107.92 EUROS for the following plants : D. prolifera Adult, N. northiana 4-6 cm, D. adelae, D. regia 8-12 cm, DM. akai ryu, D. binata var. multifida f. extrema - (Evans Head), D. brevicornis and D. darwiniensis. But, what I have received is definitely smaller than what was claimed and is not worth it : diameters of D. regia and D. prolifera hardly reached 3 cm and N. northiana had diminishing leaf size, but overall, was clearly not healthy. As I think the first step is to try to sort out issues by email with the seller, before coming here, I told him that I did not find normal nor fair to send smaller plants than announced, and that the N. northiana would surely be passed away in a short time. I asked him to have my plants replaced. I did pay for a service, and in my view, I'm in my own right to claim for it. He told me that the D. regia would reach 8 cm in summer. Well... I think that all plants are meant to grow up, and I do hope that most of my plants will be 2 or 3 times bigger than what they are currently, but I paid for a 8-12 cm plant, and not for a plant which was supposed to be 8 cm in the future. I can deem it's more or less wintertime, but I have my own limit in wanting to be scammed too. About D. prolifera, he told me that I could get an adult plant with my next order. I paid for an adult plant at this time, and I personally do not appreciate this, as commercial as it could seem. D. prolifera is an easy grower, why did he not send me an adult plant in the first place since I'm pretty sure he has a lot of them ? About N. northiana, he said that he did not see any problem with it. Ok, here are the pictures : This is a N. northiana from czplants, 24.99€ : This is a 8-12 D. regia from czplants, 19.99€ : This is an adult D. prolifera from czplants, 9.99€ : If you think this is correct and matches the offer, it's your choice, otherwise, be aware of this kind of inconvenience with this seller, who, by the way, is a sponsor of this forum
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  2. Hi all, It has been a while since I showed pictures of my set-up, so I have decided to launch this thread. Here we go. Heliamphora tatei {Cerro Huachamachare} : Heliamphora tatei {Cerro Marahuaka} : Heliamphora neblinae {Cerro Neblina} : Heliamphora glabra {Wei Tepui}. I have accidentally broken one growing point recently . I'm going to try my 'highest cutting' ever : Heliamphora purpurascens {Ptari Tepui} : Heliamphora elongata {Karaurin Tepui} : Heliamphora sarracenioides {Ptari Tepui} : Heliamphora minor var. pilosa {Auyan Tepui} : Heliamphora minor "Giant" {Aonda, AuyanTepui} : Heliamphora nutans {Yuruani Tepui} : Utricularia mannii : Utricularia jamesoniana : Deserving a special highlight, as it is currently blooming in my terrarium for the first time, Utricularia campbelliana {Wei Tepui} : More to come : Not really a highland plant, but getting well as I have never been truly successful with this species, Pinguicula planifolia : Cheers Vince
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  3. Royal Mail have lost the plot
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  4. Tell her you are not sending them TO Europe as you are already in Europe. You are sending them within Europe. Second thoughts better not it will fuse her circuit and cause a meltdown or something. They might not be able to get a replacement and will be forced to substitute her with a chimpanzee. OK that could be a good thing so go ahead and tell her.
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  5. yes and they will pick it up from your house, including a nomnated safe place, so you dont even have to be there! Royal Mail are completely out of touch...
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  6. One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter, same with neps haha Seriously though the impact on growth in the new greenhouse vs the old is enormous, still not entirely sure why but light levels definitely higher over winter. (Greenhouse is now physically higher up).
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  7. Ooh, if we're having a dig at Royal Mail, can anyone join in ? I use Royal Mail a lot (for posting non plant items), and one thing i've noticed the past year or two, is that every time i take a parcel in for weighing and sending, i am always asked "what's in the parcel ?". Apparently, everyone's a bloody suspect terrorist these days and it's really naffing me off. So if you're ever asked what's in your parcel again, just tell them "The contents are personal and have nothing to do with you. There is nothing in there that contravenes Royal Mail's prohibited items list" (which you can pick up a copy of in any Post Office). And if the assistant gets all huffy when you deny them their 2 minutes of authorative power, just ask them what's in their handbag/wallet and see how they like it ! Seriously though, do Royal Mail think that telling all their staff that they have to ask the customer what they're posting is going to get a honest answer ? "Oh yeah, i'm posting a bomb and would like it sent 24 hour overnight please as it needs to get there in a hurry" [/rant]
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  8. Ho you've done it ! Excellent ! I have found it by watching vft pictures. If had knew it was you the author I had contacted you before I used it. Thanks a lot ! I love this picture ! I'm using it as avatar on the others two forums where I am.
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  9. Hello everyone, Quick update to show all the flowers on my wall! :) As you can see above, one of the most prolific flowerers right now is the plant below, which I believe is P.emarginata X P.laueana. What a beautiful deep purple flower it has, huh? And one that never stops flowering is P.sp. AF#13 (P.gigantea X P.pilosa?): You can also see white flowers of P.martinezii above, which also does not stop flowering. And in the pic below you can see hanging flower scapes of U.livida, D.paradoxa, and G.lobata X G.flexuosa (sorry, out of focus): Here's a close-up of P.martinezii (left) and what I believe is a P.moranensis X P.ehlersiae/esseriana (right): In the pic above and below you can see my D.paradoxa, which is not looking so hot durng winter, but that's expected I guess: And here's another one that has started blooming prolifically, I believe it is P.emarginata X P.cyclosecta: The large flower at the top is a P.moctezumae hybrid, but not sure with what. P.agnata? There's also two flowers of P.gifantea on the center & right (together with a laueana X emarginata), four emarginata X cyclosecta on the left. At the bottom is what I believe is my first flower of P.ehlersiae/ esseriana -- the flower seems right, but not sure the leaves are the right shape: And here's a close-up of P.ehlersiae/ esseriana: P.emarginata and U.sandersonii: D.madagascariensis is slowly growing longer (and that flower scape on the lower left is G.lobata X flexuosa): And below the out-of-focus rosette of G.lobata X flexuosa, looking good with many leaves: After several tries, it seems I've finally managed to establish U.reniformis: As you can see in the 1st and 2nd pics above, U.asplundii is still full of flowers, but no new scapes are coming up. It seems I may have to wait for next fall/winter to see more. Here's another brand new one for the wall, which is obviously still adapting, U.alpina X humboldtii, wish me luck! Best Wishes, Fernando Rivadavia
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