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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, last year I wasn't very active and so I haven't even posted the pictures from the end of last season. Here are the pictures of my tuberous drosera from April 2017. Starting with Drosera aff. bulbosa Caballo Blanco form Drosera yilgarensis Drosera whittakeri A young Drosera lunata Drosera zonaria from Oakford Drosera lowriei "Gigant" Drosera aff. palladia south coast form Drosera stricticaulis The Lakes Two pictures of Drosera squamosa Drosera rosulata gigant swamp form Drosera rosulata gigant hills form and a Drosera rosulata without location Drosera purpurascens Not the most fascinating picture ever but a plant that is not so often seen in culture: Drosera prostrata. A flowering Drosera obriculata Will be continued. Best regards from Berlin Lutz
  10. 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
  11. 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...
  12. 7 points
    H. pulchella Churi Tepui, flowering. I love that species.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 !
  15. 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
  16. 6 points
    Seedlings growing submerged,
  17. 6 points
    Folks can we please keep this thread as civil as possible? There's a perfectly good reason Sheila didn't want to name and shame the individual and that's because she doesn't want to leave herself open to being sued by that person. Please don't try forcing the information out of those who are in the know. Please just have a bit of trust in Sheila's warning. She's given the individual's sob story very clearly, that should be sufficient.
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  19. 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
  20. 6 points
    The plant has been grown from seeds that I got 3.5 years ago from John Yates from Oz. I got approx. 35 seeds from Cephalotus Northcliffe × self from his mother plant (there are somewhere pics of the mommy in CPUK in his threads). its code is DD-C001: Northcliffe The plant now in early winter. The same plant when it starts showing dark potential in the autumn. The same plant in the late summer - early autumn.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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)
  24. 5 points
    Main features: the inner lips of the trap remained
  25. 5 points
  26. 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
  27. 5 points
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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...
  32. 5 points
    Cephalotus follicularis 'Eden Black'. Photo of an Italian grower.
  33. 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.
  34. 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..
  35. 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!
  36. 5 points
  37. 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 :)
  38. 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
  39. 4 points
    It seems to be a more widespread condition than i thought : CP addiction Maybe we should start CP anonymous?
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    Slack 1986, Insect Eating Plants & How to grow them. From memory, impressive huh? Hope that helps Nigel H-C
  42. 4 points
    Have finally assembled ( and disassembled, and tweaked and adjusted and reassembled) my new greenhouses. They have been a total pain in the backside to put together (extremely poor instructions didn't help) but now they are up and ready to be filled. I've already made a very good start and would like to thank those who came clean on their promise even after 10 years ( I gave my more desirable plants away for free, in return for a small devision if I got back in the hobby). I cannot wait for the for the growing season to commence!
  43. 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
  44. 4 points
    Nepenthes glabrata (Sulawesi) Nepenthes Hookeriana Nepenthes Hookeriana red Nepenthes Ventrinermis Nepenthes fusca Nepenthes mikei Nepenthes platychila
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    I have a winter hobby for when it's too bleedin' cold and wet to play outdoors. Instead, i like to sit by the open log fire (err... ok, radiator) and dabble with pyrography. These are a selection of some of my 'burns'...
  46. 4 points
    Apparently, today is National Carnivorous Plant day. Awesome.
  47. 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
  48. 4 points
    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
  49. 4 points
    Dear all, I wish everyone a good start into 2014. Recently, I posted these pictures in the GFP forum, so they may look familiar to those of you who also visit that forum ;-) I will start with a tuber forming orchid species. I obtained a single tuber about 1.5 years ago. The plant grew well during the previous winter and formed 5-8 tubers at the end of the growing season. This winter I have 5 plants and 4 of them are either already in flower or will start flowering soon. This species just forms a pair of leaves which stay alive throughout the season and then a single flower stalk. The flower obviously imitates some insect. Interestingly, it forms some tentacle-like structures as part of this. Next I will show some pictures of my most advanced D. macrophylla ssp. monantha. This plant produces more than 30 flower stalks this season: Meanwhile, the plant has grown further and the first flowers are likly to open some time next week. If you check carefully, you will see that one flower stalk in the background carries three flower buds. It is a first time that I observe that behaviour for this form (usually this is one of the typical features for ssp. macrophylla). Unfortunately, it currently seems that this plant is more or less the only D. macrophylla ssp. monantha which will flower this season. Now a somewhat sorry looking plant. At the beginning of the season some kind of pest ate away large parts of the leaf surface. I was never able to find it. however. Now back to some nice looking plants. Currently, some of my D. erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa are just looking great. This is the sand growing form: Interestingly, outside of the reddish parts of the leaf no tentacles are formed. I remember that Sean Spence posted some pictures of forms which did bring this to the extremes and had nearly no tentacles at all. Here is a different form. The colouration is just the other way around: reddish central parts and green outer parts of the leaves. Finally an outlook to one of the next flowers:: I hope you like the pictures! Cheers Dieter P.S. There are some more new pictures on my website and another update is in preparation.
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    That's the point. If someone submits an early picture with ruler of a large trap then that will discourage anyone else from entering the competition if their trap is smaller - thus effectively ending the competition early. The way Trev has done it this year should result in more entries, as entrants will not know the size of the other entries, and the winner only known at the end of the competition.