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  1. 14 points
    Hello everyone, I treated myself to a new greenhouse over the Summer; the old one was so crowded it was becoming unmanageable. Here are some pictures of outside and inside:
  2. 12 points
    Hi we were very pleased to get a silver gilt medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Here is our display. Both Nigel Hewitt-Cooper and Matthew Soper received golds! cheers Dennis
  3. 11 points
    Thanks, Scotcarnivorousplants - When I have several plants of the same species, the plants growing in different conditions, not only light, some plants grow only in the greenhouse, and some only under artificial lighting (fluorescent Silvania Grolux). The differences in the pictures may result that photos were taken in different lighting conditions - sun or high pressure sodium lamps - which in the evening light to plants Now some highland Nepenthes (the day max 21, the night 15/16). Nepenthes spectabilis (Gunung Sibuatan, Sumatra) Nepenthes spathulata Nepenthes talangensis Nepenthes sibuyanensis x aristolochioides Nepenthes vogelii Nepenthes robcantleyi Nepenthes tentaculata Nepenthes ramispina (Peninsular Malaysia) Nepenthes platychila Nepenthes petiolata Nepenthes lowii Trusmadi Nepenthes jamban Nepenthes jacquelineae Nepenthes hamata
  4. 10 points
    I’v been asked several times from many growers how I sow Cephs seeds. Well, the time has come and finally I found some time today in the greenhouse and sowed them. Anyway, here is some FAQ that I’v been asked and of course the answers: Usually I sow the Cephs seeds in early autumn ( as it is now) and they spend all the time from now up till early spring in the greenhouse with all my other plants. The temps vary from 13 - 26C during the autumn to 0C -10C during the winter and usually with the warming of the time 15C -25C ( early March) they start to germinate naturally. The potting mix that I use even I don’t know what is it with certain. All is mixed up by eye and I don’t follow proportions like 1:1 peat/perlite or 1:1:1 peat/perlite/sand etc. My mixes are from peat, perlite, sand, seramis, lava rock, pumice, coco peat, coco husk, peat fiber, coco fiber, chopped sphag, charcoal, orchid coir and stuff like that... or in other words everything that I have in my hand. However, even if u ask me in what soil are potted my adult Cephs - I can’t answer, because as I said above everything is mixed up according to the needs in certain time and whatever I find. On the other hand I never find Cephs too fussy about the potting mix and what ingredients are included in it. It is important to mention that the seeds that I have received from John Yates from Australia, however I usually got them in autumn ( autumn in Oz), but during the same time here is mid spring ( Europe), so our seasons have different time and here is already too late the seeds to be sown. So, once I got the seeds I keep them in my fridge (4-5C) from the spring up till the autumn ( like now) and then I sow them. During the last 4 - 5 years I tried and did several experiments to sow seeds in summer time here or late in the summer with the hope to get germination – all I ended up was 0% germination, so all my attempts to sow those Oz seeds failed. The conclusion is – they should be sown in the right time ( autumn) - at least that work for me. It really does not matter those seven months. Yes, this is the time they have spent in my fridge - from spring to autumn but that doesn’t mean anything neither cold stratification - it means just seeds storage and nothing else. The real cold stratification begins now – cold and damp strat. The seeds need cold and damp strat not just cold and dry as in my fridge… Anyway, the seeds that I get from my plants usually in mid summer I don’t keep them in my fridge up till the autumn. I keep them in dry t/c jar in my greenhouse at temps 35 - 45C during the summer and I sow them now with the other seeds from Oz. What I use – whatever container I have in my hand. I mentioned already about the soil. I use labels and rain water. What I do - I just sprinke the seeds on already wet soil in the autumn. Then gently I spray them with water so they can stick to the soil and that is all I do. The light is not a factor for high germination rate. I've had 98% germination in the darkest corner in my greenhouse under the benches where the light is 30% or less. Just bright position is enough. The high humidity is not a factor for high or good germination rate - I’v had high germination rate at 18 -20% humidity. I do not spray and do not use fungicides when I sow the seeds neither during the cold stratification nor for my seedlings or adult plants – just I have good ventilation with lots fresh air. I hope this helps and answers all questions that you guys asked me. Please note that what works for me and my conditions the same may not work for u and your conditions. Good luck to all ! Here is a tray with seeds from: Cephalotus Two Peoples Bay, Cephalotus Denbarker, Cephalotus Northcliffe, Cephalotus Gull Rock Road, Cephalotus Big Donk etc. This year I sowed seeds from different pure locations, location hybrids and my own crosses - all 23 types. Frankly this year is my last year when I sow Cephs seeds...
  5. 9 points
    I really just want to say thumbs up for the admins and moderators working hard on this forum, esp now with the new update. :) Your hard work is very much appreciated and helps us a lot with growing our carnivorous plants. One can never give too many compliments! Thanks guys! It had to be said.
  6. 8 points
    Hi, it's time to wake up! Drosera zoneria large form Drosera magna Drosera colina Drosera tubaestylus Drosera heterophylla Drosera lowriei, Holt Hope you enjoy them. Best regards Lutz
  7. 8 points
    Dave, this person is a US grower of high repute, over the last few years he has come up with some outstanding Dionaea, any VFT collector that refused to buy from him simply because of a tentative name of one plant would be a fool. Going back to the subject of plant names ,I have a very nice VFT called "Rabbit Teeth" ,however it eats flies not carrots ,and doesn't say "Hey, what's up Doc" nevertheless I don't go off on a rant about it.
  8. 7 points
    The wet season brings out lots of carnivores on my place, it's a natural habitat for many of them. Getting photos of CPs can be a daunting task, often on knees and elbows in water and/or mud. Where there's no surface water I'm often on my belly on wet ground. Anyway, that's my excuse for some of the photos being poor quality. This is what I've managed to find here this past wet season. Byblis aquatica, which is fairly common. The first CPs to come up early in the wet season are Drosera fulva. Wasn't able to take photos earlier on so none of plants flowering. D. fulva winding down for the season. Still find it a bit difficult pinpointing the difference between Drosera dilitatopetiolaris and D. petiolaris. But fairly sure mine are dilitatopetiolaris. Drosera burmannii is probably the least wide spread Drosera on my place. Being so small they tend to get sand particles splashed onto them. Of the Indica Complex Drosera D. nana is the most common and earliest grower. The first one has what looks like a Setocoris insect on it. They manage to rob food from the plants without getting caught themselves. Drosera aquatica, also very widspread on my place, even coming up in lawns in some parts. Drosera fragrans, the last species of Drosera to get going in the wet season. Widespread, but not as common as the other two. There's more Utric species here than other CPs. Most widespread (also one of the most inconspicuous) is Utricularia nivea. they seem to come up everywhere except in standing water. Far less common and about the same size are Utricularia minutissima. Utricularia geoffrayi Utricularia leptoplectra is very common but only in wet swampy areas. Utricularia leptorhyncha occupies less wet areas than leptoplectra but seems to need sub-surface seepage. There's one large patch of Utricularia odorata, a smaller patch seems to have disappeared. Utricularia chrysantha also seems to prefer wet soil but no surface water. It's a later starter and keeps going after most other Utrics have disappeared. First time I found Utricularia foveolata on my place was this last wet season. initially didn't know which species it was, but when finally getting around to identifying it I realised it was rare. Going back to try and get more photos I wasn't able to locate any more plants. So unfortunately there's only this one fairly poor photo.
  9. 7 points
    Hi everyone. I've built an interactive guide to Nepenthes species: https://www.carnivorousplants.co.uk/resources/nepenthes-interactive-guide/ It includes a lowland/highland temperature chart, and a species list which can be sorted by altitudinal range or alphabetically, as required. I've also created a hybrid calculator, which can estimate the ideal conditions for a hybrid based on its parents' habitats. Many thanks to Rob Cantley of BE for suggesting this feature. I hope other growers find this useful. I'm keen to update and improve it based on feedback - several people have suggested a 'sort by country/geography' feature for the species list, which I'm currently working on. Any other ideas, please just shout. Cheers, Tom
  10. 7 points
    We made this hybrid several years back and have a few clones, found this one hiding in a corner of the greenhouse yesterday...
  11. 7 points
    H. pulchella Churi Tepui, flowering. I love that species.
  12. 6 points
    Dear all, I started off a post in the German forum to let the users identify the parents of a new hybrid which germinated in the winter 2014/2015 and now started to flower. The flower morphology (bot not the colouration) seems to be dominated by the seed parent, which I like very much. You will have it a little easier and do not need to guess which species might be the parent of this one, even though I think that is an interesting excercise. I start with two pictures from last summer, the seedling being roughly half a year old and forming a few gemmae as result of the adaption to the conditions in my "wintergarden". The plant has grown a lot larger since then. Finally, in the second week of March, I found first signs of an inflorescence. Two more weeks later one could guess the flower colour. I missed the first open flowers during the easter weekend and found a third one still open when I came back from work on Thursday. It was already getting dark (but surprisingly the flower was still wide open) and therefore the conditions for taking a picture were pretty bad. Yesterday, I finally had the luck to be at home, have nice conditions for taking pictures and even 2 open flowers: For comparison a pretty old picture from the seed parent: Another old picture, now the pollen parent: I hope you like the hybrid. At least I do very much so :-) Cheers Dieter P.S. Yes, some (but very few) of you are waiting for an email reply. I have not forgotten or ignore, I just had very little spare time recently.
  13. 6 points
    Well, this is going to be my greenhouse (or more specifically, Nephouse) build thread. Starting from the very beginning When Ian Salter got me into Carnivorous plants 12 months ago, i was living in a first floor flat with no access to a garden, only my windowsills. A few weeks ago, i officially moved from South Wales to Wigan to be with my partner of 3 years full time. Roughly 20 years ago, she had a 24 foot x 10 foot static caravan installed in the garden to live in while the house was being demolished and rebuilt. This caravan was never removed after the house was finished, and remained a large dumping ground for general tat and rubbish. The garden had also got very overgrown from years of neglect. This is the scene soon after i started work. The caravan was mostly obscured by brambles, so clearing and laying old carpet as a weed suppressant was the first job in order to easily gain access all around the caravan. Still quite a bit to do, as the capacitor on our garden shredder burnt out and i'm currently waiting on delivery of a new one. Many trips to the local recycling centre have already been made with loads of rubbish and junk from inside the caravan, and what little remains to be cleared is piled outside. The four trees to the left of the picture are apple and pear trees, which are in need of some serious pruning and tidying up. But we've successfully made some rather good cider with them during my visits up to Wigan over the past few years. (hic! ) Originally, the plan was to convert this huge 24x10 into a greenhouse by removing the upper half of the side cladding all round and replacing with twinwall polycarbonate. The same was going to be done to the flat felted roof, but with a slight apex conversion for water collection via added guttering. However, after removing all interior walls, insulation, and room partitions, it was discovered that the caravan was rotten in places. (Note the dismantled garden shredder awaiting the delivery of new capacitor !) So far we've got 15 large rubble sacks full of good timber for our woodburning stove from the interior and i estimate at least another 15 sacks to come. The aluminium cladding once removed, will be re-used to clad our old 12x8 garden shed, which will hopefully cure all the leaks between the parting dried out shiplap so we get a few more years use out of it. The polystyrene insulation boards from the static caravan will also be used to insulate the inside of the garden shed. All the good 4x2 beams from under the floorboards will be re-used to build benches/staging in the new greenhouse. I've also reclaimed metres upon metres of flat twin and earth cable which is in perfect condition considering it's age, and this will come for all the heating/cooling/lighting/pumping/watering wiring systems. We aim to recycle as much as possible from the caravan dismantling. The caravan already has connected water and electricity supplies, which will save a lot of work and they'll only require extending into the new greenhouse position. Even though we intend using rainwater from butts for the plant watering, fresh water for general washing and cleaning of equipment will be an added bonus (we'll be re-using the original sink/drainer top from the caravan). So that's the state of play so far. Still loads to do before the caravan is totally removed, including cutting up of the steel chassis, and then ground clearing and levelling so i can then get the greenhouse ordered. We've decided upon a Rion 12x8 Hobby. I'm very excited about this project and can't wait to see things taking shape over the coming months. Stay tuned !
  14. 6 points
    Hi I took some photos of my Nepenthes...hope you will enjoy it: N. copelandii - upper pitchers and behind lower pitcher N. truncata N. maxima (a got it like N. eymae) N. rajah N. burbidgeae - 2 different plants, upper pitcher ist just forming in behind Andrej
  15. 6 points
    Seedlings growing submerged,
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  17. 6 points
    IMG_20150712_182056174 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_182109541 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_182018069 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_182012297 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_182004736 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_181953802 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_181934063 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_181928857 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_181914221 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_182204087 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_20150712_182227305 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_0889 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_0870 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_0867 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_0864 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_0863 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_0862 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_0772 by matthew hutley, on Flickr IMG_0771 by matthew hutley, on Flickr
  18. 5 points
    Hey there :) Its a long time ago, that I've post pictures of my plants here.... In this time some things have happened. Finally I get a new greenhouse last year. :) Since then the conditions for my Sarras are much better and I have more space for them! And after only a few months the plants have better colours, get bigger and bigger.... I'm happy. :) At first a few leucos: Mireks really nice hybrids... thanks a lot.. I love them
  19. 5 points
    i think we should be able to have our say and discuss anything we want to,you don't have to read it or reply. Moderators can step in and calm things down if need be,we are all or mostly adults and have views that vary,discussion is good,it helps us understand other people. It can even lead to new friendships,we don't need a big brother type of forum. ada
  20. 5 points
    Nepenthes sibuyanensis x merrilliana Nepenthes spathulata x dubia Nepenthes bongso Nepenthes hirsuta Nepenthes boschiana Nepenthes spectabilis (Gunung Sibuatan, Sumatra) Nepenthes neoguineensis (Angkasa, Irian Jaya) Nepenthes suratensis Nepenthes ventrinermis (N. inermis x N. ventricosa) Nepenthes macrovulgaris (Gunung Silam, Borneo)
  21. 5 points
    Main features: the inner lips of the trap remained
  22. 5 points
  23. 5 points
    Hi the UK Carnivorous Plant Society are in discussions with Andy about taking the forum over. Quite a lot of people assume it belongs to us anyway. Our aim would be run it exactly as Andy does now. It would be editorially independent and people would be able to criticise us if they feel the need. We would hope the existing moderators would stay on and that those who make donations towards the cost of running the forum would continue to do so. Andy and the Society will keep you updated on progress over the next few weeks. cheers Dennis
  24. 5 points
  25. 5 points
    The amuri clone has opened its flower now, still a bit of expanding to do but looking really nice Looking forward to the colombia clone opening is flower next and my alpina is about to open its first flower soon. Hopefully I'll be able to try some crosses between the three plants :) Mark
  26. 5 points
    This is valuable information. As can be seen in these pictures, certain conditions need to be met in order to achieve colouration. In my observations, if conditions are not met that would result in good colouration of any other clone, then the same is true of the so called dark clones. I think at best the dark clones have an ability to become darker in the same conditions that would give good colouration to any other clone but as can be seen here, clones that are not typically considered to be dark have the ability to take on good colouration with the right conditions. In my opinion, if a grower is unable to achieve colouration in normal clones then the same would be true with the dark clones. I think at best the dark clones have an ability to become darker in the same conditions that would give good colouration to any other clone.
  27. 5 points
    Cheers chaps. This is the biggest plant in my collection so far, n.boschiana. I acquired the plant from Carnivoria in July 2014, ordered as a typical 8 to 12cm specimen. But when it arrived, it was more like 9 inches in diameter and already putting out pitchers of 3 to 4 inches high. Now just 15 months later, the plant has a leaf span of 28 inches excluding tendrils which are 14 inches long. The latest pitcher in the above photo is 9 inches tall.
  28. 5 points
    Hot on the heels of albo red, here's a pitcher of albo speckled, again from Jaro... And that spathulata x dubia pitcher has coloured up a little more and is starting to look really nice i think...
  29. 5 points
    Cephalotus follicularis 'Eden Black'. Photo of an Italian grower.
  30. 5 points
    It depends what water you are boiling. If you boil RO water it's fine. Boiled rainwater would be OK too. However whomsoever told you that boiled tap water was good for carnivorous plants should be put up against a wall and rigorously verbally abused ( unless of course the tap water has a very very low salt content to begin with). BOILING WATER WILL CONCENTRATE THE SALT CONTENT. As for the method of watering you stand the pot in a tray or saucer of suitable water and keep an inch (2.5 cm) plus water level all summer. Do not spray Drosera.
  31. 5 points
    Walking around in the greenhouse today I found first for this year Cephs germination from Cephalotus Gull Rock Road batch. Weird enough for this early time of the year..
  32. 5 points
    Hard to believe this is real: Bright red: and some were solid red: This one was in part shade, but check out how bright red that tongue is: close up of the same pitcher: What we didn't realize is this whole time, we were in a bear's den! Notice the bones, and how the grass has been bent over. Interestingly, the bears walked around the darlingtonia, as though they knew these plants are treasures that shouldn't be destroyed. I didn't get a photo of that because I was in a hurry to leave the moment I saw this...you'll just have to take my word that it's true: Anyhow, that's it for the Mountain Valley Meadow site, hope you enjoyed the adventure!
  33. 5 points
  34. 5 points
    Hello, here are some photos of my collection of Sarracenia.. I do not grow tired of it! SFVO13 var. ornata -- heavy veined giant,Apalachicola,WS,(PW) (F37,Mike king) (SFO03 - Cédric.A) SO04 oreophila Tall form, [ O20 ,MK] SO03 oreophila [ O12 ,MK] SFRB10 S. flava var. rubricorpora -- Purple tube,Milton,WS,Very dark,especially in throat(F45,MK) ( SFRB24 - Cédric.A ) H29 S. x moorei -- Deep red Veined pitchers. Red splotch on the throat (ULg. OMP - Gillot Julien) (SxM12 CA. ) SFRB08 S. flava var. rubricorpora -- Apalachicola National Forest Park,W, (F58,JA)(F161,MK) ( SFRB25 - Cédric.A ) SFR03 var. rugelii Benhill Co.,GA,WS [ F7 - MK ] SFR05 var rugelii, Bruce Bednar sold this Plant in the USA as ‘maxima’, [ F147 , M.K - 2010 ] SFVO19 var. ornata. ‘Pocohontas’. US cultivar from Meadowview. (F276,MK) SFC01 var. cuprea, Plant imported from USA from Botanique [ MK - F231 ] HP01 ( S. flava var. ornata -- giant tube,fine vein [ SFO08, Azais Cédric ] x S.Purpurea ssp venosa ) Valentin :)
  35. 5 points
    now its seems safe to put these up as other have been posted, just dont ask where please, you know the answer all ready ,locations will not be posted or emailed or told ,so just be happy with the photos please . may even post a video or two . some cephs in normal undergrowth of 2 peoples Bay road Coal mine beach ceph 2 people bay road site that will do for now
  36. 4 points
    Found that runner hidden in the pots recently. The plant seems to form very nice natural vertical growing clumps at the bottom of the net pot...
  37. 4 points
    Slack 1986, Insect Eating Plants & How to grow them. From memory, impressive huh? Hope that helps Nigel H-C
  38. 4 points
    Dear all, the plant I grow as clone 2 from that location started extremely early in the flowering season. The pictures below were taken end of January. The scapes were extremely short so that it seemed that the flowers directly emerged from the top of the plant. Meanwhile, the scapes have grown in length, so they look a bit more normal. As I obtained this form as gemmae nearly a year ago, I am not sure whether this very early flowering pattern is a consistent behaviour or just an outlier. The only other species I currently have in flower is the D. eneabba and a first D. citrina. I offered this form as "Frenchman Peak, clone 2" during the gemmae season. Those of you, who obtained a portion now can add the information that it is a white flowered form. Best regards Dieter
  39. 4 points
    Nepenthes glabrata (Sulawesi) Nepenthes Hookeriana Nepenthes Hookeriana red Nepenthes Ventrinermis Nepenthes fusca Nepenthes mikei Nepenthes platychila
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    Nepenthes mirabilis var globosa Nepenthes veitchii Golden Peristome Nepenthes Melvino (N. spathulata x N. bongso) Nepenthes suratensis Nepenthes hirsuta Nepenthes spectabilis x burkei Nepenthes spathulata x robcantleyi Nepenthes sibuyanensis x talangensis Nepenthes ventricosa x rhombicaulis Nepenthes stenophylla (Borneo)
  41. 4 points
    Having driven people here mad with my questions about lighting, I decided to try and experiment. Being somewhat skint (spent too much on CPs recently!), I opted for a fairly low-cost option, namely the same CFL 6400K that Amori suggested. At £7.49 each, I could afford two, and see what happens. Although he suggested having about 120W, and this is only 60W, I thought it was worth a try, especially as a first attempt. They are going to get more light this way than they are now, so I can't lose by this! Having looked at the cost of reflective hoods, etc, I decided to go the DIY route, and make my own. I got some stiff cardboard, and fashioned a hood from it, covering the inside with silver foil... The whole thing is around 15" wide, and about 8" front to back. I made to fit the (not very big) windowsill on which it will live. As this is a first-try experiment, I wasn't going to spend too much time making it robust, so wanted to keep it out the reach of little fingers, so had to keep it to a size that would fit on my home office windowsill. I then made two T-shaped pieces of wood (from bits I had lying around), and screwed a light holder into each one, putting the hood in between... Adding a time-switch, I put it on the windowsill, and added some plants... At the back (left to right) are a Nepenthes Bloody Mary, a Sarracenia Maroon and a Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor. Front row (left to right) features a Drosera Nidiformis, a Drosera Aliciae, a Drosera Spatulata and a Heliamphora Minor. Hiding behind the right-hand leg is a plastic cup containing some of the shredded Venus Fly Trap leaves I posted about last week. I put six in this cup, and left the other six loose leaves where they were (on top of the turtle tank), so I can compare results. I know that I'm going to get told off, as it's the time that some of these should be going dormant, but I wanted to try the lighting first. I may remove the sleepy ones and replace them with something else. I seem to have an excess of Drosera Capensis (doesn't everyone!), so I may risk putting one in there over the winter! I'll post back if/when there are any results. I would be interested to hear any comments on this.
  42. 4 points
    All ready for winter. Made from 22mm plastic waste pipe. I'll swap the fleece for net in the spring to keep the birds off. Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk
  43. 4 points
    Now that my spathulata x dubia excitement has subsided, here's a few of the other pitchers that have popped over the past few weeks, and also some of my newest acquisitions... And just for the heck of it...
  44. 4 points
    The plant was sitting on a white windowsill, every morning there would be small amounts of dislodged soil around the pot. They didn't seem to do any harm, I was just getting tired of cleaning up after them!. Here is new pitcher that opened shortly after repotting.....
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    Apparently, today is National Carnivorous Plant day. Awesome.
  46. 4 points
    Now the weather has stabilized here in Southern AU the plants are growing again a few nice photos of location plants pitchers . French mans bay Gull Rock road Two peoples bay A double pitcher with one lid,quite uncommon to see . North Cliffe hope you like them
  47. 4 points
    here are some pictures of the Roridulaspider Synaema marlothii
  48. 4 points
    MERRY CHRISTMAS! (yes, I know, I'm not very good at decorating Christmas trees...)
  49. 4 points
    Taken with an iphone and homemade macro lens:
  50. 4 points
    ahem....cough....it seems that my plant was not stolen after all....very embarassed... it seems that the plant died, and I moved it out of the greenhouse without realising what plant it was or reading the label...so yes it did vanish from the greenhopuse but it was my own doing...found it outside today. I plead temporary insanity...