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  1. Hi All. I've been keeping CPs pretty successfully for some time now. Grown some Drosera and Sarracenia from seed and such but all at a pretty small scale. That's all changed now that we've bought a RO unit and I'll have access to lots of good water for my plants. I got a small plastic pond and want to populate it with some VFTs, pitchers, and sundews. Below is a pic Hmmm. The pic might be too big. Hope it's usable. Anyway, I originally was going to seat the pool in soil and sand and maybe plant some grass or something around the pond. Then it occurred to me that I could waterproof the frame (it has no bottom in the pic, but it will) and fill it to within a few inches of the top with water, thus providing an abundance of water for the plants via a hole in the bottom of the pool. Has anyone tried something like this? It will be about 70 gallons of water in all, 600 lbs, but I think I can manage the size and weight. If it matters, I live in California, USA. Thanks very much for your consideration. Dave
  2. Thanks for your reply and questions! I have a half barrel with S. minor, S. Judith Hindle, S. Dixie Lace, and a very small S. psittascina and a few sundews, a 12 inch (30cm) bowl with a small Dixie Lace and sundews, and a 18 inch (45cm) bowl with the S. Ladybug, a small Dixie Lace and a few sundews. The minis aren't very densely planted and the half barrel has some kind of tall, sturdy grass growing among the Sarrs that I kind of like and I haven't decided yet whether to include it in my future plans. All are about 2-3 years in the planters and all but the psittascina are doing very well. The psittascina seems to have been damaged by last year's unusual hard freeze and I'm hoping it will come back next year. I want to plant the lot in one of those small, irregularly shaped plastic pools that are meant to be patio ponds. Probably on the order of five to six square feet in surface area. I'll probably include a few VFts and maybe a couple more sundews but I'll keep the density fairly low.
  3. I have plants in three mini bogs and I want to consolidate them into one larger mini bog. The plants are mainly Sarras (minor, Ladybug, Judith Hindle, psittascina, Dixie Lace) and a few sundews (alicia, capensis, slacki and a couple of volunteers I've become attached to). What's the best way to do the move. I understand that I should wait 'till they're dormant, maybe in January or so, but should I cut off the foliage? What's the best way to care for the roots? Anything else I should do? I live in Southern California, USA. Thanks very much. Dave
  4. I have some Leucophyla and Minor seedlings that I germinated in a South facing window. They now are getting about 3-4 hours of direct, through the window, sunlight a day and the rest of the day's worth of filtered/indirect light. I'm ready to move them outside. What do I need to do to insure that they survive the transition? I have lots of options available from full shade to direct sunlight through a lattice, to full sun. I have lots of Minors to play/experiment with but only a few Leucos, and I'd really rather not lose any of those. I'm in Southern California and expect sunny days and clear nights. 70s(low 20s) to 50s(low 'teens). Thanks very much. Dave
  5. Well, I told my wife and she wasn't suitably impressed. I told my best friend and neither was he. So I'll turn to the only folks in my book who will understand: My seeds are sprouting!!! OK. I know you get it. This setup is an experiment. Those on the left were planted in the soil and stratified in the 'fridge for six weeks. Those on the right were put in wet paper towels and stratified for the same period and then planted in the soil. Then the setup was placed in the south facing window on December 29th. It was covered with a clear plastic cover with a couple of ventilation holes cut into it. Here are the Leucophylla sprouts: and here are the minors: The seedlings in both halves of the setup seem to be sprouting equally. One concern I have is the filaments I see at the base of a couple of the minors. They can be seen in the above photo, but here is a closer look: Do they look like roots or maybe fungus? If fungus, what should I do? In either case, should I remove the cover now? Thanks very much to all who have given me advice. Success!
  6. Thanks Aidan (and others so far.) I got very lucky with my S. minor, but only have a few S. leucophyla seeds. and really want to get at least one good plant from them. I will experiment with the minors and report back with results.
  7. Hi. I've searched through a lot of topics on germinating Sarra. seeds, but haven't seen this covered. I live in San Diego, California. I have seeds of S. minor, S. leucophylla, S. purpurea, and Judith Hindle. The thing is, winters in San Diego are mild but variable and unpredictable. It really does get cold here. Well into the thirties (F) but not for long. It can be 30-40 one week and then 50-70 the next. I also have a sunroom attached our house. Lots of west facing windows. We don't heat it so in the winter it gets to the mid 40s and up to the high 70s inside. So, are these outside temps and conditions alone adequate to naturally stratify the seeds? If I artificially stratify them and then put them outside in say, January, might a cold spell hurt them or the seedlings? Might the best strategy be to artificially stratify them and start them in the sunroom 'till the weather warms up? I probably will only be able to get a month's time in the refrigerator before my wife's patience runs out. Thanks very much for any help. Here's a pic of one of my S. minor pods.
  8. Sorry, I should have said that I did self pollinate it. Thanks!
  9. I saw in another thread that Judith Hindle and other cultivars can only be propigated by division and not seed. So, what will I get from my Judith Hindle's seeds? Are they sterile?
  10. Looking it up, I think that's it too. I don't think I ever would have gotten one, but it's a very nice little plant. I hope it does well.
  11. This little (1.5in.,4cm.) guy was a stowaway on a S. psittascina I bought. I transplanted it, never expecting it to do anything but die but it has done quite well. I know this isn't the best pic from which to do an ID, but does anyone have an idea? Thanks very much.
  12. I have my Pinguicula 'Titan' in a west facing window. It's only been there for a few weeks, and it's doing great, but the leaves are facing toward the light and it's growing asymmetrically. I'm a good Libertarian and believe in letting everyone do whatever suits him or her, but I don't want my ping to be unhealthy or, for that matter, ugly. Should I rotate the pot?
  13. Excellent! Please let us (me) know how they do after transplantation.
  14. I've been following Zero's thread about leaf pullings with interest. The question that occurrs to me is, why is it better to start the plants in one medium and then transplant them to another, risking damage to the fragile roots? Intuitively, it seems to me that it would be preferable to start them in small pots of a suitable growing medium, thus saving them from transplanting 'till they are more mature and presumably tougher. I could try to answer my own question by saying that the starting medium, say vermiculite, is so superior to the final growing medium that it is worth the risk. If that's the case, then what is it about the starting media that is superior? All Ping media seem to be pretty inert.