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  1. Netjer

    Robcantleyi Hybrids

    It's looking like it may be new nep time and a Robcantleyi hybrid could be up next! :) If anyone has any experiences or pictures of their hybrids I'd be keen to see - particularly Robcantleyi x Veitchii or Robcantleyi x (Aristolochioides x Spectabilis). Thanks in advance!
  2. Over the next month or so I'll be putting together an intermediate terrarium for my neps but I really want to add some utricularia for additional colour. Right now I'm thinking a good covering of sandersonii or uniflora but really want a couple of other species as well to provide some accent spots. I'm currently leaning towards alpina, geminiloba or reniformis. The terrarium is going to be 45cm tall with 9-10cm of growing medium, so one of my main concerns is height. I've read that reniformis in particular can get especially tall - would this be suitable for a terrarium of this size? Any suggestions on which species could work well in addition to sandersonii/uniflora?
  3. I'm in a first floor flat with no usable outside space, which isn't ideal for my temperate plants. I've got a couple of small windowsills outside two of my windows, both with a usable space of 14x50cm. I'm toying with the idea of putting my plants out there but would need some sort of secured windowbox on each to put the plants in. If anyone has any suggestions on what I could use for this or how I could go about securing a windowbox (without drilling holes in walls etc) I would be very grateful.
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    Fake vft or not

    I've not bought seeds from Triffid before but have bought several plants from Andy and I've always found him to be particularly helpful and friendly. I'm sure if you were to contact him he'd be happy to help. Also, if you do go down the route of buying a VFT and then pollinating it I'll recommend Andy for this as well - he's got the best selection of VFTs I've seen in the UK and plants are always healthy and a good size.
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    At least you know they'll have had a bit of an extra flush through!
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    Terrarium Pygmies

    I'm planning a semi-planted terrarium, with some plants being planted and some being in pots. Of those I'm hoping to plant I'm really hoping to include some pygmy sundews. From what I've read some pygmies have very long root systems, but I'm aiming to have 10cm of growing medium at most (terrarium will only be 45cm tall). Any suggestions on which ones could be suitable for planting in medium of this depth?
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    Terrarium Pygmies

    Exactly what i wanted to hear, thanks carambola! It may be time for me to look into picking up pulchella, pearl and scorpioides then.
  8. Something which I've really noticed since getting into CPs is the rather large amount of negative reactions I get from other people. Whilst some of my friends and family really quite enjoy them I've had a lot of people saying that they don't like 'that sort of thing', that they're morbid, that I'm unnecessarily killing insects and that I need to start keeping other, 'easier', plants. The latter in particular really quite irks me as I actually find most CPs to be a lot easier to look after than other plants. Is this an experience which anyone else shares or have I just been particularly unlucky?
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    Any Saving my Darlingtonia?

    I've had my Darlingtonia on a sunny windowsill for a few months and it's been growing really well - lots of new growth and pitchers getting to about 30cm tall. I have it in an orange pot, sat in a water tray which is then inside a further white pot and it hasn't seemed particularly bothered by the heat we've had in the UK recently. A few weeks ago I noticed some sort of infestation on it. I don't know what they were, small translucent bugs with large dark sack-like sections at the end which were obviously sucking juices from the plant. I manually removed them and didn't see any more, a week or so later I noticed tons of them again so removed them and gave the plant a spray of Provado. The pitchers very quickly went pale and then brown, losing all their rigidity. Most of the plant is now brown, though a couple of growth points do look green and there are a few little new pitchers popping up here and there. I've attached a couple of pics - is there much chance of saving the plant? Any advice on what to do would really be appreciated.
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    Any Saving my Darlingtonia?

    Unfortunately outside isn't an option at the moment (though it's something I'm working on). I guess I'll take this one as a learning experience!
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    Any Saving my Darlingtonia?

    Thanks for the reply Dunc, that's very reassuring! Would you remove any of the dead/dying pitchers?
  12. My cold space I had set aside for wintering my temperate plants is having to be repurposed and I have no outdoors space to use, so I'm looking to put together a terrarium which is cold enough to help my plants through winter. In terms of planning, I've got as far as a tank with an air conditioning unit and maybe putting in some sort of partition at the bottom which I can put ice under to help bring temperatures down, along with suitable lighting obviously. Other than this I'm really not sure what else might be needed, what sort of air conditioning unit/units to use or what sort of lighting I should really be looking at. The inhabitants will be a VFT, d. filliformis, s. purpurea and d. californica (subject of course to me not giving in and buying more plants between now and then!). Any advice on this would be very much appreciated.
  13. Thanks Karsty! I had wondered if that was what it was, but given my relative inexperience with CPs (especially sarracenia!) I figured it worth checking.
  14. So, I came home today to find my s. purpurea covered in aphids. I've manually removed as many as I can but I'm sure there are a lot more lurking around so I want to treat further. A couple of quick questions: 1) Are there any insecticides you guys recommend? (bonus points if it's available on Amazon!) 2) The plant has a lot of dew from them on it, any tips on removing this? 3) There is already some black mold which has formed on some of the pitchers, obviously where I hadn't noticed dew. Should I be doing anything about this? 4) The plant is kept on a windowsill next to my N. Bill Bailey and VFT. Neither are showing signs of aphids at the moment but is it worth treating them as well? Thank you in advance for any help.
  15. So I went for submerging for two days and then putting the plant straight back into its normal environment - seemed to clear the infestation right up! I had a look at the plant a couple of days ago and noticed several patches of some sort of dew on it, as well as around the mouths of the newer pitchers. Is this a possible sign of a new infestation? No misshapen leaves yet.
  16. That's something I can relate to! Interesting to hear the sorts of responses you all have had and it's good to know that for the most part they've been positive.
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    Profile Pictures

    I've been trying to add a profile picture for a while now but just can't find a way to reduce modern photos to the required size. Is there no way for the maximum file size for this to be increased? The current limit just doesn't seem feasible with photos being the sorts of sizes that they are nowadays.
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    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    I'm looking at adding a nepenthes to my collection but am not sure exactly which species to go for. I'll be growing it in a fairly sunny windowsill (my choices are either large South-West facing window or a smaller South-West facing window), with the latter getting less light during the morning and day but a few hours of direct sunlight towards the end of the day. From what I've read so far it sounds like the ideal would be a hybrid of lowland and highland species so that it doesn't have quite such specific humidity needs, so with that in mind I've found two which are available to me in the UK which seem promising: N x ventrata - The hybrid I've seen most often recommended for beginners, seems like a good candidate for someone such as myself to give nepenthes a try. N ventricosa x sibuyanensis - I've seen this recommended as a hybrid for beginners by Hampshire Carnivorous Plants and the pitchers on it are much more aesthetically pleasing to me, but that isn't such a big consideration as whether or not it will be able to survive in the environment I'm producing. Looking at the altitudes the parents grow at it looks like it may not quite be as tolerant of a wider range of environments? Any thoughts on which of those would be more suitable or any other suggestions would be welcome. Thanks for reading.
  19. It's looking like I'll possibly be in a position to get a couple of terrariums up and running soon, so I'm beginning to do some research to get an idea of what I'm going to need and costs etc. I just wondered if anyone would mind sharing how much their terrariums cost them to run? If possible, a quick description of the terrarium as well would be really appreciated so I can start getting together some rough ideas of figures. Thanks in advance!
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    ASDA plant

    I've just spotted these in my local Asda (as well as some surprisingly big VFTs). I believe they were £7 each.
  21. So I'm considering picking up a cephalotus in a couple of weeks and have a couple of questions: 1) My plant will be growing indoors on a south/south-west facing windowsill and in winter the temperatures can be around 8-10 degrees whilst I'm at work or asleep. I know cephs can handle temperatures lower than this and do appreciate a winter rest but is this potentially too cold for too long? 2) With nepenthes I've often seen it suggested that younger plants acclimatise to a new environment better than mature plants. Is this the case at all with cephs or am I better getting a more mature plant? Also, if anyone wants to share their watering experiences and tips I would definitely appreciate the input! Thanks for reading.
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    Thinking About Picking Up a Ceph

    Is there any harm in leaving the flower on there? I've read a couple of things about it severely draining the plant (as people often mention with VFTs), but haven't seen much about it.
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    Thinking About Picking Up a Ceph

    Thanks Argo88, that's really helpful! Any advice on soil moisture, humidity etc whilst trying to propagate a new ceph?
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    Thinking About Picking Up a Ceph

    Thanks both for the replies! Below is a picture of the stalk; it's quite hairy like the stalks the pitchers grow on - is this normal for a flower stalk or is that indicative of it being a pitcher? Also, if it is a flower stalk, any tips on propagating from it?
  25. This weekend I'll be picking up what is likely going to be my last CP for a while (lack of space for many more unfortunately) and I'm really struggling to decide on what to go for. Also, this will be an early birthday gift from my brother, who has also been bitten by the CP bug, so I really want to get this right. My growing environment is a south/south west facing windowsill in a first floor flat in the not-so-sunny UK. On sunny days it can get 8 or more hours of sun, subject of course to our ever-present clouds. Ambient humidity is about 50% and, if my cheap thermometer is correct, summer temps can get up to around 28 degrees. I haven't yet had a winter with my CPs but I do have a plan in place using a similar windowsill in a room which can be consistently cold, so I'm confident that any temperate plant I pick up can be given a good winter dormancy. For reference, I currently have: VFT - typical form Sarracenia purpurea Drosera filiformis ssp filiformis Darlingtonia californica Nepenthes x Bill Bailey So far the plants which have grabbed my attention are cephalotus follicularis, VFT Grun, nepenthes diatas, drosera regia, sarracenia x scarlet belle and brochinnia reducta. However I am REALLY struggling to decide on something, so would appreciate some general input to hopefully inspire my choice. I know that this is particularly open-ended, but I'm hoping some suggestions could get me considering something I haven't already considered or maybe get me to look at a particular plant in a new light. Thanks for reading. TL;DR - I need a suggestion for my last CP for a while for a south/SW facing windowsill.