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    Hello all friends, here are some pictures of my Nepenthes this year 2015 Sa ns titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr Sans titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr Sans titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr Sans titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr Sans titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr Sans titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr Sans titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr Sans titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr Sans titre by dimsnursery 33, sur Flickr
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    Went to check a site with rotundifolias today which is few km from where I live so I thought to share a photo. It has been extremely hot this summer, 30+C during the day, 15-20 during the night. The site is very dry. Sphagnem turned white, sundews on the sun deep red which makes nice contrast. Tomorrow I am planning to sow some tuberous drosera and SAf drosera seeds for the first time. I think these day/night extremes might be good for germination. The photo wss taken by mobile afer sunset so sorry for bad quality.
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    Just use the mix that you normally use. Nothing special needed. As mark said i use equal parts peat and dried sphag. A small amount of fine orchid bark and about 20% perlite. But I mainly do it by feel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Great photos, thanks for sharing I really like #4, what exactly is it ? Actually, if you could edit your post and add names for all the photos it would be very much appreciated !
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    Evening All, A quick photo thread and a huge thank you to Mitch, Nick and all the staff at Kew for organising such a great day out today. We met in the staff mess room and then headed out into the private glasshouses. I forget how many separate sections there are (around 20?), each of which has a distinct climate regime. I set out directly for the Temperate house.Here there are pings, utrics, sundews, cephs etc (and some of the etc are pretty cool). Pinguicula laueana Drosera whittakeri Cephalotus follicularis There were many other fine plants but particularly striking were the Drosophyllum lusitanicum 'Slack-potted' and looking very fine backlit by the winter sun. The Nepenthes were probably the stars of the show, ceratinly the glamour queens. Nepenthes bicalcurata Nepenthes ampullaria I think that the Nepenthes robcantleyi was probably my favourite. This one's actually in the public display. There is a whole section devoted to a range or very fine specimens with a variety of species. Nepenthes robcantleyi Evil Nepenthes! N. robcantleyi lying down on the job. We were also very lucky to see the Herbarium. >7M specimens saved for posterity. This is a type specimen of Sarracenia leucophylla dated 1867 As a special treat we were also shown a tomato specimen which was collected by a certain Mr Charles Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle. All in all it was a fantastic meeting. Cheers, Steve
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    This is what it can look like when it goes wrong - these are Reintwardiana, and all the Reintwardiana seed sown in vitro jars have fungal bloom, so they must have been contaminated while still in the pod on the plant Horrible, isn't it? Interestingly, the seeds sown on sphagnum do not suffer any where near as much, I think the sphagnum has some anti fungal properties
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    Same highland mixed seeds a week later taken from the top This is apparently a N Stenophylla seed germinating - you have to look closely to see it, and it is the only one An N Albomarginata seedling just peeking out, again it's the only one so far A N Dubia seedling, one of only three so far, although I think one may be starting to germinate in vitro N Inermis with quite well defined first true leaf, and after nearly six weeks after the first seeds germinated on traditional media, I have now seen some Inermis seeds starting to sprout in vitro And some N Jacqueline seedlngs with true leaves, still only the one seed germinating in vitro So generally very positive, however it is not all good news. Mould has struck in some of the in-vitro jars, and when it hits it is fast. Some batches of seed are worse than others, where sometimes an individual seed starts to develop a fungal bloom. By carefully cutting it out with a sterelised spoon I have been able to save some, however sometimes I am not so lucky. Some batches are just covered in spores that you don't know are there, and I have looked at a jar three days apart and found the jar completely enveloped by a fine white fungal bloom. Others develop a red - pink bloom that has a lacy appearance. When this happens I have no choice but to rinse the seeds off to remove the gel, and hopefully most of the mould, then a dip into H2O2 to try and re-sterelise the seeds and then I put them on live sphagnum. Maybe I can save them, time will tell. I have two jars with sprouting seeds that also have fungal blooms, I am still considering what to do with these, but suspect I will end up doing the same as with the seeds. They are mostly of the mixed hybrids, which have been more successful that I dared hope so if I lose them it won't be a disaster, but I want to try for two reasons - 1) I want to find a method to save seedlings that I don't have many seedlings of and 2) I'm a greedy bugger who wants as many beautiful Nepenthes plants as possible! I'll try and get some pictures of the jars with the bloom to show people what I am talking about. Anyway, wish me l​uck, maybe I can come up with something that helps other people
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    Utricularia, although Drosera are cool too.
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    Hi Mark I'll contact our members in Scotland and the extreme North of England to see if they would be interested. cheers Dennis Balsdon CPS Membership Secretary
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    I disagree with that, everything you could ever want to know about growing cps is contained somewhere on this forum. Facecrook is just instant and fleeting gratification at the cost of losing control of your own copyright.
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    Just a shame that everything shared on FB is lost in the depths of the NSA servers, whereas forums remain a searchable archive of information that you can return to. A bit like a nice old book with a tatty dust jacket, but still a gold mine within. FB only serves to confirm that we're living in a disposable society. I'm happy not to be a part of it, what you don't see, you don't miss. Apologies for continuing off-topic.
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    I woke up this morning to a knock on the door, i had a parcel! i Knew what it would be... Plants of course. Nepenthes peltata: and Nepenthes attenboroughii. Today was a good day :)
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    I love unboxing things it just seems so exciting, where did you get them, love the size of that Attenboroughii, looks good. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    It's like being an excited child at christmas, innit ! And i'm 47 !!!
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    Morning All, I bought a small 12"x12"x12" (30x30x30cm) Exo Terra terrarium from eBay and have finally got round to setting it up. The compost is Moorland Gold + Canna Gold with Trichoderma + Perlite. It is ramped up so that it has a slope on both sides but a near vertical wall near the middle (with a small flat area top-centre at the back). It is now in the greenhouse to settle down. This is the south facing side of the benches which has two dwarf fruit trees outside which give it some shade from the harshest sun at midday. I have seeded it with some bonsai moss spores to stabilise the surface (other growers have done the same on vertical Cephalotus walls). The clay balls in the well at the front are to allow for a small pool without the front surface slumping. I have some Cephalotus cuttings growing in the main terraria which I am going to plant out in due course but I am going to let it settle for a few days before transplanting them. Cheers, Steve