Martin Hingst

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  1. thanks all :) Jaicen, these are esseriana. Here a recent shot - I suppose the immaculata are gone Pinguicula bowl Mar 2015 by Martin Hingst, auf Flickr
  2. Some recent shots - enjoy :) DSC01010 by Martin Hingst, on Flickr DSC00997 by Martin Hingst, on Flickr DSC00994 by Martin Hingst, on Flickr IMG_1588 by Martin Hingst, on Flickr
  3. Its OK manders. I am happy with mine.
  4. manders, I am strongly hesitating to take any credits of being "my theory" ;-) Something I observed when growing lowland tropicals, esp. Utricularia, was quite a strange paradoxon: I increased light level in my tanks to avoid etiolated growth, i.e. get shorter flower scapes. From a certain amount of light on, the plants showed even longer internodial distances, the higher the amount of light got. I stopped that at a point of 100.000 lux and started rethinking. The only explanation was the amount of heat increasing at the same time, while the plants had already reached their photosynthetical maximum. Then an observation maybe everyone has made: plants growing outside colour up more nicely and show more compact growth in autumn than in summer, although light intensity is going down. Can be explained by the same reason: temperature is going down as well, so even a few hours of autumn sunlight have a stronger effect on the plants than a whole day of summer sun.
  5. manders, I guess I wrote it elsewhere already: a high light level can suppress the formation of a climbing vine in many Nephentes species. Something I followed over many years - there is quite some information, if you read posts and pictures esp. of habitat plants under this point of view. What makes sense: a Nepenthes in an open clearing will find no support for a climbing vine. And as soon as climbing vines will reach the bright lit treetops, they will stop climbing as well. And light level is a relative quantity, with at least two parameters involved: luminosity divided by temperature. So 100.000 lux at say 35°C may be far less than 50.000lx at 25°C - the latter being my actual conditions. A recent pic that came straight to my mind is this N. maxima, part of the GFP cp calendar 2015 (btw worth purchasing again - and we made it even cheaper this year ;-)
  6. Carl, I made a third tank for the ventrinermis, there I use the MH lamp. Two amps are in there as well. Still have to learn to get the conditions right in there. Here a post in the German forum with some recent pics.
  7. I do not think the Sphagnum has anything to do with it. It is just a top dressing in my pots (that arent that small either; 20cm square pots, quite deep) Lack of nutrients cant be the point either. I give them a spray with liquid fertiliser about monthly, from time to time I even add Osmocote to the soil. Light level is 600W/m2 of high output fluorescents, in 15cm distance. Plus the sun in the afternoon, at least in summer. Wouldnt call it low light. I am quite sure it is not up to the clone either, as my tricolor shows the same growth. I am quite sure the combination of hight light level with moderate low temps (for a lowlander; just around 20-25°C) is one of the main reasons for this growth habit. Some more recent pics I have posted here: Regards Martin Nice ones Carl, btw :-)
  8. Thanks Steve! Yes, my favorite Nepenthes as well. So compact and easy. Most other species are either compact and difficult, or equally easy but far too large for a tank like this. Good luck with yours - Martin
  9. Some recent pics - still compact, and looking better and better :-) My girls seem to like it, too ;-) Some recent close-ups: Regards Martin
  10. here a shot of mine some weeks ago... I do this from time to time ;-)
  11. Thanks for your nice comments :-) There will be an Auyan series not too far in the future - with also some really nice plants :-) regards Martin
  12. Too true Stephen. Flickr is (was?) a great project by a creative photography community - until Yahoo took it over. While I once thought, Microsoft was already the defined end of the intelligence spectrum, I was wrong - Yahoo holds the mastership there. What a pity - I hope flickr will remain at least usable for some time. I still like that page over any other hoster.
  13. Thanks again -glad you liked it :-) Added a picture of a flowering U. humboldtii in its Brocchinia. Regards Martin
  14. Thanks :-) Mantas, I think you're right with Lepanthes. No closer views, sorry. Dani, of course ;-) corrected it now. Vince, as far as I know, both are not in cultivation. Regards Martin
  15. Hello, this is the last part of my Amuri series, where I will show some more plants and impressions of that gorge H. uncinata grew (see part IV). A very special atmosphere, with some very special plants rarely to be seen. On the wet walls grew U. heterochroma, a lithophytic species that sticks to the rock with its stolons: The flower: Here the habitat - down there Andreas exploring the wall: Further up the canyon - The bromeliads seen in the above pics are Brocchinia tatei - here a closer view: and inside the Brocchinia: Here the whole plant in flower: U. humboldtii: On the trees many beautiful epiphytes - like U. jamesoniana among some orchids... ...and this little rarity - U. schultesii: Psychotria spec.: And a highland orchid, that comes in many different colours - Epidendrum secundum: Last picture: a pretty caterpillar feeding on a Heliamphora flower. Would love to see the butterfly. Hope you like it! Regards Martin
  16. Our last day on Amuri. We had high expectations - reach that gorge where the "new" Heliamphora should grow, and of course find it there! So we started early in the morning, the plan was: without bigger stops ;-) OK, no way around these H. pulchella ... A first group, nicely coloured and shaped: Especially beautiful in backlight: At some spots the plants got really dark. I do not really believe in a variety or such of its own, because transitions were smooth. Anyway, here a very dark plant - even the newest, recently opened pitcher is already dark red. Very noble looking plant: A beautiful Heliamphora island with some quite dark plants: But now to the other species. This time we reached the gorge early, and found a way in. And were soon successful. First the plant that later on should get the name H. uncinata. Typical feature is the spiked nectar hood: In the gorge the light situation was different to the open meadows: weak, diffuse light. The plant is adapted to these conditions: large, green pitchers without red pigmentation or hairs inside (that are mostly for UV protection) The red dots are nectar glands. The plants grew directly on the vertical walls: a bit closer: Next to it: H. exappendiculata, with its just tiny nectar spoons embedded in the tip of the pitcher: So we had found all three species! Not sure if in between there are other species described for Amuri? But I am sure that H. pulchella will stay the queen for me The gorge had a very special atmosphere - and brought us some more fantastic discoveries. I will show you some more pictures in Part V. But to end this part, one more H. pulchella we found on our way back to the camp. Maybe the most beautiful? Andreas and Holger at work - Anja lets the gentlemen go first A closer view: and two close-ups: That's for Heliamphora on Amuri. Hope to see you in the Heliamphora gorge - part V and last of this series (see the linked square buttuns below for navigation through this series). regards Martin
  17. never looked at it like that... but yes - definitely! The stony boy has a somewhat smaller hat though...
  18. Incredible colour, isn't it? I guess it is (to the most) up to the high UV radiation, that makes the plants colour up so nicely. Same for those H. pulchella. Difficult to get this colouration in cultivation. Thanks Ron and Vince :-)
  19. The next day should be Heliamphora day. One species we had already found - H. pulchella. But we knew that there should be at least two more species. H. exappendiculata was long discovered and officially described, and another so far undescribed plant we wanted to find to get some pictures for the species description. We had some rough location information, and so our today's destination. As beautiful as the day before had ended, as beautiful was the beginning of this day. So - lets have a coffee first and enjoy the scenery... Andy, obviously looking forward to the day - But now let's getting started - so much to discover here... Our way lead us through various picturesque canyions along impressive cliffs ... that were not that easy to track through, as it might look in the above picture. Vegetation was quite dense, so hard to spot the person in front already some meters away. Andreas in less than 2 meters distance: So we got ahead quite slowly, what at first was not at all a problem - so much to discover everywhere. Like this pinkish U. quelchii, a colour variation we only found on this mountain: A little stream that shows this tannine-coloured, super clear water: Straight above, my first U. jamesoniana in nature: Here the plant in focus with its leaves, tubers and the thread-like stolons: Further we go - past this stony rhino: and other petrified creatures: No- the one in front is alive and out of flesh and blood ;) Darren amazed by the cliff formation. Finally we came to the gorge where the searched Heliamphora should grow. And yes, with the help of binoculars or a tele lens - there is something quite promising to spot: (did you find them?) Now we just had to cross the gorge - what turned out to be not as easy as it looked. In fact - this was the end of our way and our today's try. We tried it several times on several spots, but finally had to give up and return to the camp. Already too late in the day (and we were all a bit weakened by "Amuri's revenge" (if you know what I mean ;-) So we went back. Not too sad, was a great trip anyway. Just to see H. pulchella like this below once in a lifetime, would be worth it: Here with the long stalks, that are designed to keep the pollinators out of the range of the pitchers: Still life with Drosera and Xyris and here together with a neat little Utricularia, U. nana: Just before we arrived back at the camp, another nice surprise for the Utricularia fan (just like the day before, when I discovered my first quelchii in the evening) Spotted already from a distance, I got immediately electrified ... U. humboldtii! The Utricularia with the biggest flowers. And what a flower: Here the leaves: So, there was nothing to complain about this day! And we had still another one left. Now we new the way to the Heliamphora gorge, so we decided to start off tomorrow earlier (and no stopping every few meters ;) ) and have another try. And a little anticipation: there were some more rarities to be found that next day (some hoped-for and some unexpected), so worth to join part IV of this series ;-) Part I Part II Part III Part IV Now about time for dinner. Did I say nothing to complain about this day? So, what do we have... oh great - Spam again ... Regards Martin
  20. Hello Dave, gracilis is a close relative, the biggest of three similar species. Next one is nivalis, quite a bit smaler, but still about twice the size of immaculata. Never had any trouble with gracilis, as easy as esseriana for me. We'll see how the other two get along. Both in the bowl for some days so far. I use quartz sand for top dressing. Soil is a mix of lava, Seramis, sand, Perlite. In the small bowl some zeolithe as well. Regards Martin