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  1. Yes, without a doubt. Pinguicula grandiflora is hardy (and as you said it's gone dormant), so can and should stay outdoors, but the Mexican ones should be indoors and watered like a succulent during the winter months (as it will actually start producing small succulent leaves with little to no mucilage). As with all tropical plants, you can grow them indoors year round, or take them out when it's warm and sunny.
  2. Are you keeping those Mexican Pinguicula outdoors, too (if that's what I'm seeing on the lowest shelf)? The Drosera capensis can handle the cold, but I don't think Mexican Pinguicula are particularly hardy. You'll notice the Drosera capensis going dormant when all the leaves start dying. Unfortunately at that point there's no real way to tell if they're asleep or dead! You can keep them year round indoors on a windowsill if you don't want to take any risks - and then you can see them all the time, which as it happens is the main reason you'd ever grow decorative plants at all!
  3. Well, they're subtropical so they won't go dormant unless you intentionally keep them outdoors.
  4. Doesn't really matter, although the thing with living sphagnum moss is that it grows much faster than you'd expect, so you have to give it a good haircut every couple of weeks if you don't want to lose your seedlings in a forest of moss.
  5. Highly likely to be Drosera aliciae, or some kind of hybrid. If you really want to label it, 'South African Drosera hybrid' is probably the most accurate you can get without resorting to guessing.
  6. If you already have good conditions for Nepenthes to grow in, you won't have any troubles getting the seeds to germinate. In fact, you even say you have the correct conditions for germination, so what's the problem? No one will be able to provide them with 'better than ideal' conditions. Besides, do you really not have the space for one 5cm pot to put those seeds in?
  7. Internet Explorer often fails to work correctly, it's rather poorly made. Personally I've never had any problems using Firefox:
  8. Flowers only weaken a plant if it's already weak(ened) to begin with. It would be particularly strange if every plant risked its life every time it attempted to reproduce itself. The problem here is that the stalk wouldn't do a whole lot, because it's soon going dormant and there's no longer any time for it to fully develop, unless you would keep it indoors under lights for a while longer so the plant would think it's still summer.
  9. As much as they can get, but they grow just fine in a relatively bright room (which is why they're so popular as houseplants).
  10. Dormancy occurs naturally as the plant gets less light and the temperatures get colder. It essentially goes to sleep for a couple of months, during which nothing will happen. It's like trees losing their leaves and then doing nothing until spring, but on a smaller scale. Some people keep their plants in the fridge during the dormancy period, but if you can place it on a cold windowsill it should go to sleep just as well.
  11. Guys, it's just run of the mill "you won the lottery" spam. These aren't even automated posts, but real people paid pennies to manually post "find a nice husband" thousands of times anywhere on the internet where people are allowed to post. Not much you can do about that stuff, only delete it. The more barriers you put up to keep them away, the harder you make it for people with legitimate questions to come here, too, and because the spammers are humans, they will always eventually find a way around the barriers.
  12. carambola

    Drosera id

    I've never bought or been anywhere near Drosera intermedia, and yet somehow it suddenly started growing in one of my indoor pots. There's no way this is either of the two species you listed, unless the leaves are very elongated and the very long snap tentacles don't show up on the picture. My guess is your Drosera spatulata is really Drosera tokaiensis, and the plant in the picture is simply one of its somewhat different looking offspring. This is Drosera sessilifolia: And this is Drosera burmannii: Then this is Drosera tokaiensis (because it's a hybrid, there's a lot of variation in looks - especially the width and length of the petiole):
  13. Are they open again? I thought they had closed after the founder unfortunately passed far too young.
  14. carambola

    Drosera id

    Drosera burmannii is really small and has very long dewless tentacles at the edge of the leaf. This looks more like a Drosera tokaiensis to me (a hybrid between Drosera rotundifolia and Drosera spatulata).
  15. carambola

    Pom pom mirror

    Nice mutation. The new traps look like they're coming out fuzzy as well. Are they functional?
  16. The seller is not hurting anyone by selling dried leaves. Who knows why someone would be looking for dried Sarracenia leaves (maybe for a school project involving a herbarium), the important part is that clearly some people do, and since they aren't really the easiest plants/leaves to find in the wild, might as well buy some. No need to harass him any further (or at all to begin with) - I'm pretty sure eBay doesn't take too kindly to that, either.
  17. The first one must have been a Pinguicula moranensis I got from a family member who was a fan of carnivorous plants, but I was 6 years old at the time and I can't even remember anything about it except for taking it home. Needless to say it probably didn't survive all that long. It's hard to pick favourites, but based on looks I would say Heliamphora grown in ideal conditions are some of the most beautiful plants in the world, with those alien green leaves with beautiful red rims, the spoon on top and the general shape of the leaves is simply a sight to behold. The only thing I don't like about them is that they're so brittle! Drosera are very interesting with their leaves full of tentacles, and Stylidium are brilliant in their own way, with flowers that look like tiny butterflies and like to hit any insect landing on them pretty hard (and the carnivorous part doesn't even have anything to do with that!). Of course all carnivorous plants are fascinating in their own right, with all the different ways they've evolved to lure and catch insects.
  18. Nothing in your spam folder? I would never send a payment request if there hadn't been clear communication on what, how much, etc, but I'm sure there's no ill intent behind it.
  19. If you have some time to spare, you can take a look under each leaf and use a toothpick to prick the aphids. Keep checking for a couple of days and you'll be rid of them soon.
  20. Assuming innocence without proof to the contrary has never hurt, but you're right that correcting info wasn't explicitly mentioned.
  21. Hey, at least they don't claim the plants are tropical and should be grown indoors with mineral water. It's nice to know they're willing to correct the wrong info (and that they even replied in the first place).
  22. PayPal have now closed my case because I didn't provide correct tracking information - which is true, as I didn't/couldn't send anything - and blissfully overlooked the note I attached where I asked how I was supposed to send back disintegrated plants, or plants that were never received, and where I explained sending the living plants back was not an option because it would be a sure death sentence for them. I even wrote that I would be willing to forgo a reimbursement for the plants that were 'not as described', but I couldn't and can't accept not being reimbursed for a plant never received. (Not to mention the shipping costs would have been on me, even though I'm the one who got duped, and Belgium is not exactly known for either its low shipping costs or its excellent postal service.) Anyway, conclusion of the story: David never sent me a Utricularia praelonga, knew about it, took my money for it yet didn't tell me anything about it until I inquired, David sent me a Drosera adelae with 2cm leaves and claimed it was a (semi)adult specimen, David sent me a Darlingtonia and a Drosera roseana, both of which turned out to be dead on arrival, and David sent me a Drosera binata var. dichotoma 'Giant' in a large bag to accomodate the large leaves that were all black or blackening (admittedly the least troublesome aspect, as the roots were healthy and the plant is now, a few months later, growing well), and PayPal clearly don't have a lot of experience with plants. I think I'll stick to the 'Buy and Sell' area of this forum from now on. Much less hassle, and there's a direct network of trust.
  23. You can use sites like to upload pictures without an account, and you get links to easily post them on forums.
  24. The shape is really nice, although I'm not very fond of the veins coloured up like that, looks too much like a Sarracenia. Regardless, I suppose the price will be sky high for the first couple of years anyway.
  25. There are lots of different species of bamboo, but one thing to note for many of them is that if you plant them in your garden, you should dig an extra meter down and to the sides and fill it with concrete. Bamboo can and will destroy everything, and it grows so quickly you could be gone for a weekend and come back to your neighbours complaining about 4cm thick, 3m high unbreakable bamboo stalks wrecking their garden.