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  1. For a number of years I've only grown HG Cephs. However, in the past two years (or so), I decided to add some genetic diversity and acquired several other plants. Since most of these plants are in the same conditions (under lights in back basement room - temps currently in low 50's*F and are flowering size (or close)) - I thought it might be interesting to try to compare a few of them. First up is the "German Giant" - not flowering size and also not in the back basement room. It's still in the basement - just not in the colder back room. So far, an unremarkable clone ... (imo)(Hopefully this will change in time ...) Next up is one of my favorites - I received it labeled as "Squat". It has proven to be a very vigorous grower with some interesting coloration (that I'm not really able to capture in a camera). The 1st pic shows the clump of pitchers with the top two having nectar covering their peristomes** & the second shows the general shape of a pitcher: This next pic is the primary reason for my post. When I wander into that cramped nasty little room every week to water these guys, I thought I noticed a significant difference in the size & shape of the teeth of the peristome (there's also multiple other differences - like under-lid design, mid-rib width, colors, etc - but the differences in the teeth grabbed me). The pitchers are a bit different in size but not by a lot. I'll be interested to see if these differences remain ... ("Squat" on left & 'Hummer's Giant' on right): Here's a comparison of a "Czech Giant" (left) and a full grown seedling from a selfed HG Ceph. These plants were potted into the same size pot with the same media mix over a year ago and have remained side-by-side since (outside for summer & winter under lights). In addition to the obvious color differences, the Czech plant has kept all it's pitchers while the seedgrown plant has done the 'winter thing' and mostly moved to non-carnivorous leaves. The SG plant has also retained the robust peristome teeth and wide mid-rib from it's parents (while the Czech plant has neither). For anyone who is doubting the viability of the Ceph seeds in the ICPS seedbank this fall - pic from yesterday (as mentioned in another thread, this pot will likely find it's way into the NASC auction): ** I'm assuming that I can call the pitcher-rim area on a Ceph - the peristome - like a Nep. If not, you still get the idea ...
  2. I agree with the variety of comments from the many posts - there is some form of serendipity within the process and definitely no guarantees. I have even had the pulled leaf rot away to nothing. When I dug a bit under the surface there was a ~0.8cm callous. I left the callous alone and it eventually sprouted a plant. Go figure....
  3. I followed this procedure & air-layered my N. jamban that had started to vine. Not long after starting this procedure, the plant started two new basal shoots - originating from the potted root mass. After 4-5 weeks, I noticed that the main vine (the one I was air-layering) was completely black for the 1st 4-5" (even though it had added at least 3-4 new leaves following the procedure). The plant just up & aborted the primary vine after I started to work on it. I checked & there were no developing roots in the air-layered LFS. Lets hope the N. hamata, done at the same time, has more success.... ========= 13.06.12 edit - the N. hamata developed roots after ~5 months.
  4. .... and some in the seedbanks (CPS & ICPS). Also, you may find some fresh seed from Oz (roughly 6 mo offset from N. hemisphere). As of today, I have 33.
  5. Tobias, My congratulations for your excellent growing skills & many thanks to Olivia for her skills with photography. As you said - a wonderful combination! Thanks so much for sharing. One question: do you do any fertilization with these plants?
  6. Sounds like a plan for a solar oven - not the optimum setup ...
  7. You have some true skill behind the lens (& in the greenhouse)! Thanks for sharing these wonderful shots.
  8. Given the happiness of the sphag, I'm guessing that the treefern sits in water 24/7?Interesting experiment - thanks for sharing!
  9. Last year, there was an individual on another forum who insisted that he had an 'EB' in the USA. Someone had duped this poor fool for a bucketload of money. He couldn't believe that he'd been screwed even after Stephen shared that his facts were wrong (the guy he purchased from swore he got them directly from Stephen --- not).Several years ago, some HG cephs sold on fleabay for $500-600 usd. These high prices bring the slimes out of the woodwork to reap easy money. Many fake HG Cephs floating around now due to slimes grabbing quick profits ....
  10. Wow!! That was some trip! You did an absolutely fantastic job with the pics & the article describing your trip -- many thanks!! It's so rare that we get to see these plants in their natural habitat - fantastic!!
  11. Congrats on the sweet pilosa!! A similar moss invaded some of my pots a few months ago. At first, I thought it was cute & interesting, then I found that, unlike other mosses, it's rhizoids formed a solid mass throughout the entire pot (not just the 1st 1-2 cm near the surface). I suspect it of killing at least one of my S. American dews. I've been repotting the infested pots for the past few weeks (aaarrrrgh!).
  12. I agree - I think £100-150 would be very fair considering the pent-up demand for this plant. People who paid this price will easily recoup it with their 1st cutting on fleabay, Stephen gets to pocket a few pounds to cover his expenses and it will likely cut down a few places on the waiting list as there will inevitably be some who will not pay anything above £30 for a plant. You will not be able to make these people happy as they will also want to buy an eddy for a similar price & be unhappy.Heck, just the opportunity to purchase directly from the originator & absolutely know that you're getting the real deal is worth a significant premium imho & this is a premium that holds it's value - as more & more fakes enter the market, educated buyers will look to buy from someone with plants that can be traced back to the originator. Hmmm - £150+
  13. My N. aristolochioides has been confirmed as female and is currently receptive. If anyone is aware of an owner of a male plant of this species, please PM me or shoot me an email at
  14. When I have the time, I regularly place some weak fertilizer solution in the pitchers. I understand from Av that Cephs also get a significant amount of their nutrients from root uptake but ferts in the pitchers help keep mosses from going crazy.
  15. While possible, it's much easier for a crook to substitute seeds from lowland mutt or non-viable old seeds - no need for expensive travel and a difficult climb. Just based on what I regularly see in the various forums, separating inexperienced growers from their money has got to be a gold mine for these fleabay sellers ...
  16. Several years ago, I had a few spare seeds and planted them. About half germinated and all of those within ~70 days iirc. This year, I also had some spare seeds at the end of the season so I planted them (Sept 30). As of today, I have 13 germinations.I find it very interesting that for some people the seeds lie dormant until the following spring and with others they sprout long before spring.
  17. Dianne,A copy of this paperwork would be quite illuminating for all of us ...
  18. Dave,So most (all?) of your seed germinates in the spring, 4-5 months after being planted?
  19. It took a few years but it is now fairly available in the US - much more so in trades w/ friends than from sales though - where the cost can still cause one to choke. There is currently one for sale in the USA forum. This plant & 'Reptilian Rose' seem to be the two hot plants in circulation right now.
  20. For each (very small) individual flower, I would guess that it takes two to three weeks. However, this process is continuous and as some flowers are pollinated, others are just opening and others are freeing their seeds to the wind. I have been collecting seeds for at least three weeks and still see buds from flowers that have yet to open and also watch several species of pollinators drinking nectar as they do their jobs spreading pollen to now-receptive stigmas. There's a nice pic over here of some seeds as a reminder...
  21. I'm not aware of this location but I had something similar with a U. longifolia I acquired a few months back. It is supposed to be from Catotes, Brazil. However, I cannot find reference to this location anywhere. Interestingly, this plant grows much larger than any of my others in the same conditions. If anyone reading this thread knows of Catotes. BR, please share the info...
  22. Interesting thread. I also noticed that most of my leaf cuttings are growing very well this year. In fact one of them put up a mature pitcher as the 1st thing it grew. I don't recall ever having that happen before - usually get some leaves or at least a juvie pitcher or two. It sure beats waiting a year and having twenty small juvie pitchers before seeing an adult one. I also have not noticed any difference in growth with various mixes - from 100% peat through complex mixes with all sorts of stuff in them...
  23. I think because of the high temps in this part of the country, my plants are far earlier this year than any prior years. I have been collecting seed for several weeks and should be mostly done in a week or two.
  24. Sativ, From the other thread, you've obviously created a fantastic growroom & while there was a lot of discussion about the new technology induction lights, I must have overlooked the simple day/night room parameters that you are keeping (temps, humidity @ plant level).