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    May 15th and the flowers are at about full height Pitcher production is well underway
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    I swear d capensis germinates sexually mature, as in I have had seedlings much smaller than 4 inches flower, I have also noticed (I have a lot of d capensis) that the leaves come out folded and flower stems are curled like in the photo, leave it a few weeks if its a flower and you don't want seed then cut it off, if its leaves and they are fine then nothing to worry about and happy growing regards paul
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    Hope someone can shed some light on this for me... As of yet all the new leaves that have come up on my plants have been simply folded in two, as if hinged with the hinged part moving out to form the part with tentacles. Now one of my plants (still small only ~4 inches high) is growing leaves that are coming up in spirals, is this a leaf or a more mature way of sending them out. Could it be something else like a flower spike (surely the plant is too small). Any ideas or help would be great.
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    Weekend surprise, a red hairy floral scape. Um abraço.
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    My Dads Mammillaria is flowering again. It seems to like the heat in the conservatory.
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    Ok, picture time, only a couple unfortunately, as I had to work quickly and nestle it among my other neps. hopefully it'll take to my room and I'll be able to supply more pictures of a settled and happy hamata soon. whole plant: and a lone pitcher- it's very green, anyone else with a clone 4able to tell me if it retains this colouration? the raff, ready to go in with my lowlands and the trunc in the mini bun case
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    Well, my new baby is here, got it straight in a seal easy bag on my windowsill, the trunc is still quite small so I've decided to try that in one of my bun case mini terraria. Pics to follow whennl I get home from work. I have to say I was very impressed with the strength of the root system on all three plants I received from Andreas, they all look great to me
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    I was going to say that looks like a G14 X Dentate (Fake Dracula), and it is. http://www.vftshop.com/images/bigPics/g14xdentate09.jpg
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    Was a shock to me to think a plant so small is already sending out flower spikes lol. I will leave this one and see if I can get some seed from it. I hope it doesn't exhaust the plant but we have some good sun now and it is catching a good amount of food so fingers crossed. Thanks for letting me known for the life of me I couldn't find any images of newly emerged flower spikes to compare it with.
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    They usually grow small traps and fat leaves in spring as they are more concerned with photosynthesising after the winter before concerning themselves with trapping insects.
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    You are usually better off re-potting it sooner rather than later in the growing season as the roots also get longer as the weather gets warmer. Deeper pots with a lower water level should help avoid the rotting of the new growth, a long with a better mix.
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it really depends. I usually try to get the general public's opinion. With Sarracenia, the general public has typically favored the following characteristics: 1) dark veins 2) contrasting colors (ie. white top, green body) 3) extreme red throats 4) shapely, symmetrical mouths and lids 5) clones that can produce huge or gigantic traps 6) weird mutants, like no lid, or anthocyanin free plants (although this is debatable, as some people hate them). 7) Bright white plants, or plants with more white than "normal" 8) solid, deep colors 9) unusual or unique shapes It's also very dynamic, and one characteristic alone may not suffice to make a desirable plant. For example, if you produce the world's largest pitchers, but it has poor shape and dull colors, this might not make it as a desirable cultivar. Here's some examples of a highly desirable cultivars. Haven't heard anyone dislike them, although I'd love to hear if anyone can come up with a reason why they're not worthy :) S. x Legacy (Leah wilkerson x Adrian Slack)-great shape, large sized pitchers, unique edging around the lid, dark red throat, and bright white top: S. flava 'Killer' Okaloosa Co, FL, extreme red thoat: S. leucophylla Hurricane creek white clone F-bright white color: S. x Elaine Wang-bright white top with contrasting bright red body is the key feature: S. x naczii, the bright red color is what makes this individual clone amazing. Not all S. x naczii's are desirable: S. x Tapestry: contrasting color, crystal clear dark veins, and symmetrical shape are key features:
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    I wish springfield was my business, you should see the house of the owner, in fact google map it and have a look, its HUGE. to be fair your most likely right about location being the difference in mark ups, I would very much like to buy a house for the prices you guys pay up north, id imagine the disparity filters into everything else as well. im a one man band (not counting my granddad who is a master horticulturist but increasingly senile, its why I currently have 40 unlabelled dahlias and 150 penstemon missing!!) love the bloke to bits but sometimes just sometimes, I have lots of trade contracts and supply contacts and I basically buy in or grow ourselves and pass out to the public at about a 3rd of local garden centre prices, I also pass a lot of stock onto the flower markets in Bristol, run collections and deliveries for landscapers, source unusual plants yada yada. it keeps bills paid and the tax man happy, I do it for the love of it mainly, its my reward for working at direct line for three years, serving her majesty for 2 years (ta not prison) and spending about a million hours on the wrong side of a bar helping the whole of Bristol get pissed. I love plants plants love me lets get together make money paul
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    Well, this is a very good news, I can't wait to see them opened . Utricularia striatula {Sibuyan, Philippines} :
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    Hi there! As you may already have seen, Fernando did the announcement of the new species we have just published: http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=43805&pid=307353&st=0entry307353. Here the link to the summary of the article: http://www.mapress.com/phytotaxa/content/2011/f/p00029p040f.pdf However, there are really few photos of this beautiful species on web, so I'll post some new photos so you can know Drosera quartzicola better! This species was first discovered by Fernando in 1996, but only now it was formally published! I have to thank Fernando for letting me help him to describe and publish this amazing plant! Drosera quartzicola is closely related to D. chrysolepis, with which it eventually hybridizes. The main distinctive characteristics of this new species are the very short stem, the upper surface of the petiole without eglandular hairs, petiole and lamina with about the same width, the very short inflorescences, and the dense indumentum of small globular trichomes that you will see below. This is a very rare species and it is considered as Critically Endangered. The photos I'll show here were taken along the last few years, but I never had time to post. But now that the species have a name I decided to finally post them. The photos were taken at different times of the year and in different populations (only four populations are known, all VERY small) and show how this species reacts to the different seasons (basically the wet and the dry season). Lets go to the photos! Here you can have an idea of how big are the plants during the wet season: The epithet "quartzicola" was chosen because this species grows on sandy soil with quartz gravel: Close of the leaves: A very nice group: A very red group: A huge specimen: The same plant, a year latter: The flowering period of this species in concentrated in the wet season, between January to April. The scapes are very short, probably because of the very open habitats where this species grows, where a long inflorescence would easily broke with the constant wind: The flowers don't have anything special when compared with the related species: close
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    Another flowering plant (until now I've only seen two open flowers of D. quartzicola): close A plant with a juvenile scape: Plants with fruits: During the dry season the plants may lose it's mucilage: But some resistant plants maintain some active leaves, although much smaller than the ones produced during the wet season: Some habitat photos: And here some photos of the small globular trichomes that cover almost all the plant surfaces. We think that these trichomes are able to capture the humidity from the air, as the species that possess it (D. chrysolepis, D. camporupestris, D. graminifolia, D. schwackei, and D. quartzicola) are the ones that grow on extremely dry habitats when compared with most of the other Drosera species in Brazil. They would be very important mainly during the dry season, because even without any rain for many months it is common to see the formation of fog at night and early in the morning on the mountain tops where those species grows: Here the trichomes on the lower leaf surface: That's all! I hope you enjoy it! All the Best,