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  1. Thanks, Pico. Would certainly account for the size of the traps.
  2. My wife likes lots of indoor plants, and always seems to get fungus gnats. She pinches my Pinguicula Tina and puts that alongside the affected plants. Seems to do the trick nicely (judging from the lack of fungus gnats on her plants, and the black bodies on the leaves of the Ping.
  3. Yup, that occurred to me, too, as I already have several ventricosa and vent. x ampullaria examples. It was the width of the leaves, in particular, that puzzled me, as my ventricosas generally have slimmer, more tapered leaves. It was surprising how quickly it recovered from the garden centre - I'd read an article on creating localised conditions, set it up in a fairly wide tray beneath the pot which I filled with gravel. I keep the gravel topped up permanently with rainwater which gently evaporates. The plants seem to love it.
  4. The droseras should be fine, as they are capable of withstanding long periods of cold weather (I've had drosera capensis under 18" of snow for the winter alongside sarracenias in my garden, and they've sprouted happily the following season). The nepenthes are a different issue - depends on whether they are lowland or highland varieties - the highland ones can take much more temperature variation than the lowlanders - just a question of a bit of tlc and monitoring. You could try an orchid feed mist on the leaves as a pick-me-up.
  5. I'd agree with Argo88 - the VFT, in particular, looks like it's getting too much direct sun. Some plants will give you a gentle warning before they react this badly (Nepenthes leaves get a red blush to them if they are exposed to too much sunlight). If you have any large plants (pot palms or the like) try placing the plants beneath them so that they only receive mottled shade at the height of the day. Sellers tend to say that these plants like full sun, but then they aren't selling them in Malaysia. I used to work in Singapore and the temperature there at midday could be brutal.
  6. Popped into a local garden centre a while back, and saw a nepenthes - large, but no traps, being fed the usual diet of tap water and no identification. Got it home and split it into two plants, both of which have thrived in my lounge courtesy of a bit of localised humidity and thrown up some spectacular traps. Problem is, I'm struggling to identify which type it is. It has the pitcher mottling and wider leaves of a Miranda, but the trap shape of a Ventrata. The leaves are roughly 9.5 - 10.5 cms across at their broadest, and the traps are between 20-25 cms in depth from lip to base. Any informed guesses ?