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  1. carambola

    Let's see your terrestrial utricularia setup

    I only have a couple of species like sandersonii, pubescens, bisquamata and a fairly large one that I can't recall the name of, so my experiences probably won't apply to some of the rarer species, but from what I've found, the only thing Utricularia need to be healthy is water (and some light, of course). That's it. All of my Utricularia just grow in the sphagnum moss or peat that other plants grow in. The sandersonii are in flower all year round, the bisquamata as well, the others I haven't seen any flowers on however.
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    Byblis tentacles move

    Very interesting, and I look forward to viewing your research into Lindernia, too!
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    Very pretty flower!
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    A sea of flowers: branched B. filifolia.

    Marvellous! How old is it?
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    Stylidium debile dormancy?

    I fear that it's giving up the ghost, especially considering it's so small still. Stylidium grow in parts of Australia where it's fairly warm and doesn't really get cold. I've read that, by and large, they can survive temperatures down to -10C (not sure what that would be in F), but you should understand 'survive' the way you would in "humans can survive for two weeks without food": you/it probably won't die, but you/it will be in terrible shape, and this is only taking into account fully mature and healthy humans/plants. Stylidium debile (and many other Stylidium) luckily grows like a weed, so if this one doesn't make it, you can get a new one (from a cutting, or even from seed) and try again.
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    Drosera binata weak point

    Either a lack of light is causing them to stretch, or it's too hot. I think it's the first option. You won't be able to save the already spindly leaves, but you can give it a haircut (just cut off all leaves, with a bit of luck you can even get some of them to sprout roots so you have more plants) and put it as close as possible to the light coming from outside. If it's already in as bright a spot as possible, this'll just be what it looks like for the following months, unless you get special growlights. Tropical/subtropical drosera in winter on a windowsill don't particularly excel in the looks department, unfortunately.
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    CPUK SSL Certificate

    Thanks for all the work, Richard, Phil and Alistair. It really is a pleasure to be on this forum.
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    Getting my first garden soon what type of bog should i do?

    I have a small tub filled with sphagnum moss, and of course loads of Drosera, Dionaea, Utricularia (seems like even the tropical ones survive as long as they're overgrown by the moss, which doesn't take long) and Darlingtonia. I'm not a big fan of Sarracenia in general so I don't have any in there, but should I get a bigger tub at some point I might put some in there as well. I've had no issues with it even with all the surprise winter days and nights we've had earlier this year. That's basically it: get a tub, drill a few holes near the top so it won't overflow after heavy rainfall, fill it with sphagnum moss (best to buy it from a carnivorous plant shop so you know it's good quality and doesn't have any fertiliser in it), put some plants in there, and that's it! If you don't want a tub standing around, you can dig a hole and put the tub in there. It takes some time to set up and it won't look that interesting the first couple of months to a year, but after that it will be filled to the brim with seedlings of all the plants you put in there.
  9. I was inspecting my Heliamphora just now and noticed a lot of new pitchers coming up, but whilst doing so I also found this remarkably tiny mature pitcher hidden amongst the others. I couldn't get a ruler in between all the pitchers, but taking a guess it's 1cm tall at best. There's a juvenile pitcher right next to it that's three times the size! I don't know why it's so small, but it's yet another reason why I love this particular plant. I believe it's a Heliamphora nutans, or a hybrid of that with Heliamphora minor. I got it from someone on CPUK (unfortunately I forgot their username and it looks like I've deleted the messages) last summer when it only had four pitchers, and just look at how much it's grown! All I've done since then is put it on my windowsill and water it once a week. All other Heliamphora I had have died for one reason or another, so this one probably cheated. It doesn't even mind the Utricularia or the fern that suddenly appeared about a year ago, and the flower stalk has also been alive since October last year. An exceptionally strong specimen. I have no idea why the pictures are upside down, at least I don't recall hanging from the ceiling to take them.
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    Terrarium Pygmies

    I wouldn't worry about it too much, just get some that you like, and that are visible without a magnifying glass (Drosera pulchella is an excellent fit, in my opinion). Start them from gemmae for the best results. If roots hit something on their way down, they grow around it. If it's the bottom of a pot, they'll just grow sideways.
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    Dead Darlingtonia

    I can't say what exactly happened in this case, but this is not true (at least not in the sense that they would need cooler roots than other plants, as of course very few plants like hot roots), it's a myth spread by people with little experience growing plants in general. My Darlingtonia are in black pots and have been standing in full sun, including the drought and current heatwave (37 C locally), no problems at all - save for a slug that had a nibble at the base of a nice green leaf... not that the plant cares, in fact said leaf is still standing.
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    Drosera capensis swelling

    Looks like roots to me. If you cover them up with soil and wait a few weeks/months, it'll start growing again.
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    Pinguicula Gigantea

    Miguel, could you take a close-up picture of the underside of one of the young, new leaves? I'm sure there was no ill intent involved, just a little confusion.
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    Uk drought

    You should be able to find 'demineralised water' in your local supermarket, it's cheap so you can buy a couple of them as emergency reserves. It's just like rain water in that it doesn't contain any minerals that would hurt the plant's roots. Keep in mind that if it's just for a couple of days, you don't have any rain water or demineralised water left and the shops are closed, there's no harm in using regular tap water for a bit.
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    Pinguicula Gigantea

    It looks exactly like my Pinguicula x Tina, so there must have been a mixup at some point.