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  1. That'll be the 'General Carnivorous Plant Discussion' section, which says: "Post anything CP related here that doesn't fit elsewhere." This section, as rightly pointed out by @manders is to talk about anything (as seen by the range of non-cp topics that have populated the section over the years.
  2. Beautiful photos as usual, and lovely to see the large mats of sphagnum.
  3. Yes indeed! Although there are probably other populations around the streams in the troodos mountains, perhaps in more natural and remote areas.
  4. Lovely show of flowers, looks great.
  5. Great pics, thanks for sharing!!
  6. Stu


    You can temporarily create kusamono or shitakusa by way of small seedlings in tiny proportional containers, but you cannot truly create a 'bonsai' which is to continue to maintain a diminutive adult plant by means of root pruning. Sarracenia continually to extend their rhizome and you will soon find it reaching the edge of the pot. As the growing point is always at the head of the rhizome, you will run into problems as the soft new growth squashes against the pot edge. The only thing you could do is break the back end off the rhizome so it fits in the pot again. I'm not sure how extremely
  7. My regia's are the same - plastered in fly cadavers. I think a combination of leaf size, upright posture and gland sizes help ensnare prey, as my filliformis plants also seem to do fairly well with upright leaves, yet have fewer prey items on them. The large glands probably are key, as the small prey will struggle much harder to escape from a big blob of sticky mucilage! The impressive and relatively quick leaf curl response, also further ensures the prey are helplessly trapped. Incidentally, from your picture it looks as though your regia is placed at the back of your greenhouse aga
  8. Plants are looking very happy and neat in your new setup @Mike King, thanks for sharing @Hannahraptor. @Mike King, with the psittacina's, how do you manage to keep them labelled and individually identified with them all together like that?
  9. Welcome Thamishan, you seem to have a nice diverse selection of species already.
  10. On my recent holiday in Cyprus, I managed to find the only species of Carnivorous plant on the island! - Pinguicula crystallina. Unfortunately they were in a hard to reach place and they are strictly protected, so no collecting of seed. Here's the habitat shot - Caledonia falls in the troodos mountains, Cyprus. I had previously read that they were near the water (obviously) in an otherwise very hot and arid island, but had almost given up on finding them whilst walking alongside the river. Whilst taking shots of the Caledonia falls themselves, I noticed something bright gre
  11. Awesome. I'm away from home (and plants) now for 8 days but I shall participate on my return!
  12. Stu


    Welcome Deg Nice terrarium setup.
  13. Stu


    Welcome to CPUK! The archive of diverse information here is invaluable, particularly to those tentatively starting out. Growing from seed can take a while but is rewarding to watch them grow.
  14. Must be something in the air/water within my greenhouse - I've currently got two oddball mutants in my Dionaea collection. Exhibit A - mutant trap on a seed grown Dionaea. As you can see, this clone has much reduced marginal lashes similar to bristle teeth and the like, so I guess the likelihood for mutation might be higher? Exhibit B - a rather interesting fasciated flower stalk & flower on D. m. 'Charly Mandon's Spotted'. From the first sight of the flower stalk, you could clearly see the triple-fused stem so I isolated the curiosity and kept an eye on
  15. The highland tank would give a better night temperature drop which they seem to appreciate - in their natural Australian habitats, the annual lows are between 10-19°C (50-66°F). As for why the previous Cephs withered away, it could be much more than just temperatures at fault though - i.e certain temp & humidity microclimates can be tolerated in one form of potting media but not another.
  16. capensis and spathulata do not use much energy on flower production and always seem to be generating copious amounts of seed throughout the growing season! If you're not fussed by them, I'd cut them off now to stop them shedding hundreds of the seeds everywhere - you often find these species appearing in other pots due to the naturally spread seed.
  17. A great selection of plants Hannah. The Darlingtonia looks very happy
  18. I don't actively remove the spiders as I see it as an ongoing losing battle. I do however, have a thin bamboo cane stick in the greenhouse that I use to wind up the webs when they get in the way of plants/faces! I find if you persevere in the web removal, the spider gets the idea quite quickly that it's a bad place to try and build a web.
  19. Stu

    Largest trap?

    I was just wondering if there was to be a reprise of the Largest Trap Competition for 2017? Unless I have missed it, there hasn't been one for a couple of years and it was a good bit of fun. (Plus, I have a rather impressive contender already! )
  20. Lovely mature specimens Martin - thanks for sharing (and reminding me why I added certain plants to my wantlist!)
  21. Stu


    Welcome to CPUK! Plenty of good advice to be found here.
  22. True, but then they'll probably tart them up and list them on eBay as 'Ultra Rare' using someone else's stolen pics (or am I just being too cynical?)
  23. As James said, even if it ends up looking almost dead, don't give up on it as it may well grow back after a bit of a rest. It'll probably be sulking a bit now anyway as its conditions have been changed a few times recently!