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  1. 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.
  2. Looks like roots to me. If you cover them up with soil and wait a few weeks/months, it'll start growing again.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. It looks exactly like my Pinguicula x Tina, so there must have been a mixup at some point.
  6. 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.
  7. Honestly seeing as you've only got it for a mere two days, I'd first just wait and see if the plant does well under your conditions before going about trying to propagate it. It's nice to get new plants, but if it turns out Cephalotus (or at least this particular clone) doesn't like your house, you'll have two plants growing poorly instead of just one.
  8. These are the so called juvenile pitchers, they don't have the characteristic shape. As your plant has already produced mature pitchers, it seems there has been a regression. It's hard to tell what caused it, but most likely it's simply a (temporary) lack of light. It could also just be a runner, which usually grows a couple of juvenile pitchers first before growing up. You don't really need to remove any sphagnum here, but if you do, you'll immediately see whether it's a runner or the main plant sending out the juvenile pitchers.
  9. Lots of Drosera (maybe most) come out of the ground with round leaves, they get longer or wider (or both) as they grow older, provided they have enough light. So, there's no way to tell which species those seedlings belong to! It's pretty hard to kill Utricularia, as it doesn't have any roots or leaves. Any part of the plant can continue growing. It will look miserable for a while, but most likely it'll come back and invade all of your pots.
  10. All Heliamphora are really slow growers compared to most other plants, but the Heliamphora nutans on my windowsill sends out pitchers like there's no tomorrow. In the past 6 months it's gone from 1 growing point to 5, and as soon as each pitcher is fully grown the next one is on its way. All it needs is water and light.
  11. Drosera rotundifolia (and therefore most likely a lot of other Drosera, too) apparently contains some beneficial substance for something, although I'm not entirely sure if this is real or quack medicine.
  12. Honestly, the pots look bone dry and I can't see how they could retain any moisture as it looks like all of the water would just drip out of the bottom. Most of the damage to the plants also looks like it was caused by drying out.
  13. You're right, it does actually look more like nidiformis. I automatically went for temperate species to match the Sarracenia.
  14. Going by the leaf shape, it's likely to be a Drosera intermedia, the smaller Drosera at the bottom is probably the same. The other plant is just a weed, it's a common sight but I don't know what it's called.
  15. To grow Sphagnum, you only need water and some patience, no need for humidity. It grows much faster than most of the small carnivorous plants, by autumn you'll probably have more than you could ever need. Eventually you'll start buying more plants because you don't know what else to do with all of the moss.
  16. Whilst I would agree with the sentiment, it doesn't help if you don't mention anything about what happened to make you feel that way. No one can learn anything if you only say "don't order from them", and it makes others with bad experiences look bad.
  17. Sundews are the best, I could stare at them for hours and never get bored.
  18. Well, I wouldn't call someone who destroys the native habitat of these plants for profit a reliable seller, no matter how fresh the seeds, no matter how low the prices.
  19. Don't lose hope just yet! I thought I'd lost a fairly large binata this winter (I don't have a greenhouse or anything, so simply leave everything outdoors, admittedly the climate here is ever so slightly warmer), but just a few days ago a small bump has started growing from the side. It certainly must have suffered more than the other plants which all have several leaves unfurling or fully unfurled by now, but it survived!
  20. I just came across this funny video on Dionaea, Drosera and Nepenthes:
  21. It's not a good idea to keep the light on during the night, because plants also like to sleep. If the light is on, they never know it's night time, and they tire themselves out. As silly as it may look, I would just turn on the light during the day. Is the plant really starved for light?
  22. I agree with Bluedog0628, it looks fine to me. Darlingtonia are definitely not as hard to keep as some make it out to be. I think most (mis)information on that comes from people who buy it as their first plant because it just looks really cool, don't really know what to do with it so it dies, then they want another one and look up which conditions it grows in, and convince themselves that the only way you could ever grow Darlingtonia is by mimicking their native growing conditions to a T. Then you end up with the classic, ludicrously complicated 'Darlingtonia setup', where people go so far as to get a constant waterflow by any means possible. Somehow not realising that all temperate plants like warm leaves and cool roots. The crazy setups aren't harmful, they're just pointless (and expensive). One thing to note, however, is that it really needs intense, direct (not filtered through a window) sunlight to get the red colour in the leaves. You'll probably notice in a couple of weeks when more leaves start coming up, they'll be green.
  23. carambola

    Bog garden

    Yes, as long as the Drosera you put in there are temperate (like Drosera anglica and rotundifolia) or really tough species (like Drosera capensis, binata or regia), it should always stay outdoors. The climate here is fairly similar to the one Venus flytraps are from, and species like Drosera anglica, rotundifolia and intermedia are native to our region. The tough sundews like Drosera capensis aren't native and they'll look like they died when they freeze, but they come once the temperatures rise again.
  24. Very nice. I've been wanting to get one of these, or the Fredclarkeara 'After Dark', but they're usually quite expensive.
  25. Now, to gather billions of sporophytes and blast them away with one of those cannons... I'm sure they'd appreciate the help.