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  1. Very nice. I've been wanting to get one of these, or the Fredclarkeara 'After Dark', but they're usually quite expensive.
  2. Now, to gather billions of sporophytes and blast them away with one of those cannons... I'm sure they'd appreciate the help.
  3. Be careful throwing caterpillars inside the pitchers, if they're still alive they can eat their way out and cause a lot of damage. You can put the plant outside like most houseplants as soon as it's getting reasonably warm (so around this time), but you don't really have to.
  4. It's possible all of these leaves are from before it went in hibernation, so none of them will be functional anymore and you'll have to wait a bit longer for new leaves. It seems like there are already some new leaves but they're deformed, is it getting enough light and water? Are there any aphids on the leaves? Also, keep in mind that you should really only feed a Dionaea with live insects. The hairs on the insides of the leaves need to be triggered multiple times when the leaf's already closed for the plant to recognise it's food and not just debris that accidentally triggered the hairs. I'm also not sure if it's even able to digest earthworms.
  5. Do you have a picture to show what the holes look like?
  6. It's hard to believe those unremarkable grasslike plantlets grow up to become the impressive snakelike pitcher plants we all love.
  7. Keep it as warm and sunny as possible (indoors, if you put it outdoors during summer it should be in the shade because the sunlight is much stronger then), and make sure it doesn't dry out. Rainwater or demineralised/distilled water is recommended, but Nepenthes don't really care as much as other carnivorous plants. It's okay if you add some water to the pitchers (it's bound to happen in nature, too), but isn't really necessary as the pitchers fill themselves up anyway. It's likely the pitchers it currently has will all drop in a few months time, and it's also likely it will take a long time before it starts forming new pitchers. As long as it's producing new leaves, it's fine and it should eventually adapt to the climate inside your house. Not much else to add, this is a strong hybrid that can survive a lot.
  8. They seem to show up for me right now. If they still aren't showing for you, can you access them directly through this link? http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?/forum/35-trading/
  9. David, I really am sick of your lies. To your email about refunding, I immediately (less than 30 minutes later!) replied: "Hi David, okay, you can refund it, or if you know that you will have the praelonga available again in the future, you can send it then." After that, nothing. I did not hear or receive anything from you until I opened a case on PayPal. To this day, I have not received either the plant or a refund for the money you stole. Let's keep in mind here that you never even informed me that you would not be sending the Utricularia praelonga, and that it was only after I mentioned it was missing from the package that you said that yes, you did not send it because you did not have any, so I would say my initial response was very friendly, considering you basically scammed me. I never received a refund from PayPal, and you know this as well as I do. I'm unable to find the closed case on PayPal, so can not take a screenshot, but PayPal was only willing to refund if I sent the plants (that I never received or that were disintegrated) back, which I did not do as I could not.
  10. Stunning! Black plants are always fascinating eyecatchers.
  11. I'd agree on the drawing of the rotundifolia, which is borderline offensive, but the other two look reasonably accurate to me. In fact, I just noticed they illustrate another clear difference between the two: anglica's leaves always grow upright, whereas intermedia's leaves first grow outward in a rosette, and only then go up.
  12. The leaves of Drosera anglica are generally substantially longer than those of Drosera intermedia. That said, if they're all growing in the same area, there are bound to be lots of hybrids, too (and even Drosera anglica itself is thought to originate from a hybrid between Drosera rotundifolia and Drosera linearis - which is itself yet another lookalike). Here's an image to show the difference:
  13. 50º Fahrenheit, I suppose? According to my calculator, that's only 10ºC. If this is not a species which naturally grows in colder conditions on higher altitudes, it's certainly suffering from the low temperatures. Either way, if the daytime temperatures aren't significantly higher than that, it's going to suffer no matter the species. Add to that the sudden extra of a lot of direct sunlight, and you're guaranteed to run into problems like these. Worst case scenario, it started blooming as a last-ditch effort to spread its seeds - although it's most likely just a coincidence, and the plant will survive.
  14. If you're just looking for someone and remember their name, you can use 'Member Search' on the search page: http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?/search/
  15. Great to hear you've got your money back, although it's a shame either way that the plants were sent off towards a certain death. I'm guessing PayPal are more likely to properly look into a case the higher the disputed amount. I'm still waiting for my Utricularia praelonga, David. Will you ever send it? It's only been about nine months...
  16. I agree with Karsty, that's definitely a Bloody Mary (I think it's also known as Lady Luck).
  17. I think putting it in a terrarium near the window actually made it too hot, which caused the leaves to dry out. I would suggest just putting the plant on your windowsill with no special protection, only keeping the soil moist/wet. Eventually it will push through and start growing again. Even when you think it's definitely dead, keep on waiting and it will most likely come back. I've found Drosera spatulata incredibly tough, surviving being completely sunburned, being dessicated for a week, freezing and drying out again. Best of luck!
  18. Don't expect too much from Paypal either way. They'll tell you to send back all the plants, regardless of their state of disintegration, and expect you to pay for the shipping costs, if you'd like your money back.
  19. I just noticed that when I click on the links I consistently get a message saying I should sign into a Google account to view the pictures. Feels a bit like what happened with Photobucket.
  20. It only shows random letters and numbers for me.
  21. There are several sellers listed in the sidebar on the home page: http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/ I think you get access to the buy&sell area of the forum after 30 days, if you prefer to buy from individuals rather than shops (although in most cases the shops are still just one-man businesses).
  22. On this website? I'd say you can generally trust anyone who can be bothered to post their leftover plants/seeds/gemmae on here. I've bought some things from a couple of people on CPUK and so far I've had only good experiences. You can always click on someone's profile to see what they've posted in the past, and people usually leave a comment to say they had a good experience.
  23. Actually right now it should stop growing and go to sleep until spring. Try to keep it in a cold place (but not freezing) until then - it's technically possible to keep it in your fridge.
  24. If you got it on Aliexpress, you should be able to get your money refunded, and leave a bad review on the seller's page to warn other potential buyers. Generally you can get seeds of Dionaea and many species of Drosera really cheap, but those of Darlingtonia are a bit more expensive (as less people grow them) and Nepenthes quite a bit more (because they need both male and female plants to even pollinate the flowers to begin with).
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