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  1. carambola Problem!

    Hi Yasin, nice to hear you've got your money back. I am still a little bit suspicious, though, because it seems to me that if you hadn't complained multiple times and in public, the seller would not have refunded you. In fact, I don't know why they would send unhealthy plants at all, they shouldn't have sent you anything in the first place and should have refunded as soon as they discovered that they couldn't send you the strong and healthy plants you ordered. Keep us posted either way.
  2. If I were you, I'd file a dispute on PayPal and say that the goods weren't delivered, which, in any case, is not a lie. I've learnt that if a seller doesn't reply to a dispute in about a week's time, you get your money back no questions asked. Either way PayPal has a deadline after which you can no longer file a dispute, so I'd say play it safe and ask for your money back. That way you get three possible outcomes: 1) no reply from the seller, you get your money back; 2) the seller replies why he hasn't answered your mails for the past month and when you can expect to receive your plants, and you decide to wait until you receive the plants (although I would exercise caution in this case, because to my knowledge you cannot reopen a dispute should the plants still not arrive or if anything is wrong with them when they do arrive); or 3) the seller replies, but you ask for your money back because you don't want to wait for however long he says you'll have to wait. It's much easier to order a bunch of plants at once than to sit around in the sales section of this forum waiting for someone to sell one of the several plants you're interested in. Legally speaking, you're also slightly more protected when you buy from a real shop with a business number (even if it's a shop in a different country), than if you buy from an individual on a forum. I agree that you can find better deals, nicer plants and friendlier sellers over here than in a shop and that you're better off buying locally than abroad, but it just isn't always as easy to do.
  3. carambola

    Lithops - where can I buy them in the UK?

    I'm not sure if you've grown Lithops before, but if you haven't, make sure you're prepared to see them all die over and over again. I've found them (and it seems many others share my experiences) to be extremely difficult to keep alive even when using the right soil, the right amount of light, watering (and not watering) at the right times, and so on. They're very nice to look at, but I just couldn't figure them out.
  4. carambola Problem!

    Hi Yasin, that's awful, those plants look really small and sickly. It's a shame that there are still sellers like this who will never say they're out of stock and will even sell you dead plants just to make a sale. I hope you can dispute the payment and get your money back somehow, but either way thanks for letting us know, it's clear that no one should order anything from them anymore if they're ripping you off, it's totally unacceptable both that they sent you sickly and dead plants, and that they refuse to take their legal responsibility as a seller. Maybe @Richard Bunn can chime in on if their sponsorship can be revoked.
  5. carambola

    Post your nepenthes.

    Mimosa growing in the same pot as Nepenthes! Now there's an idea! I'd be careful that the Mimosa's root system doesn't overtake the pot, though, they can get surprisingly extensive, and they grow like weeds.
  6. carambola

    Drosera bindoon

    Those are gemmae, certainly. With a bit of luck, the mother plant will even continue growing. You can get the gemmae off with a toothpick, or simply pour water on them.
  7. carambola

    orchissss on Ebay

    Unfortunately I think the only thing you can do is try to show whichever uninterested eBay representative you end up with, that the buyer is either knowingly or unknowingly making false claims. Let's hope they decide in your favour.
  8. carambola

    Buying bare rooted plants during dormancy

    'Trauma' is a myth created by people who aren't careful. If you don't damage the roots, a plant won't show any signs of distress. You can repot at any time of the year. Some plants, of course, are more fragile than others. In fact, repotting during dormancy doesn't cause any less damage, you simply won't notice if you caused any damage because the plants aren't growing yet anyway.
  9. carambola

    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.
  10. carambola

    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.
  11. carambola

    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.
  12. carambola

    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.
  13. carambola

    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.
  14. carambola

    Pinguicula Gigantea

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

    Thinking About Picking Up a Ceph

    Flowering takes a lot of energy from a plant. If it's healthy, this is no problem, and if anyone claims otherwise, they don't know what they're talking about. If the plant is unhealthy, on the other hand, it will flower hoping to set seed before it dies, as a last-ditch effort to procreate. In that case (in fact, in most cases), there's no point to snipping off flower stalks, because it will just try to flower again.