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  1. Thanks for the explanation Jeremiah, I wondered how people could know before they opened!
  2. I trust my seller on this one, but I'll keep this in mind. I bought both an N. raminspina and an N. macfarlanei from him - both are still alive, but only this one has healthy pitchers to compare. Last summer I had my plants labeled with stickers on the pots, which obviously didn't serve me very well - they wore off rather quickly, so it got easy to mix things up Sorry to hear about your poor spiders Yes, I'll get another someday, just not sure when yet.
  3. Thanks for the comments, everyone! Well, it all worked out in the end, but their hibernation wasn't how I'd planned. I intended to keep them in the garage under a tarp all winter, but when it dropped to -18 F (-28 C) outdoors, I worried that the garage would be too cold, and so moved them into the laundry room, which was warm enough that they started waking up before the week-long cold snap was over! I had to keep fluorescent lights on them until it stayed above freezing outdoors at night. hm... If it looks like it could be a D. pygmaea, then my labels got switched. (My so-called pygmaea has oval leaves as you've described). If that's not it, then it was sold to me under the wrong name! Oh well, it happens. Thanks for correcting me though! However I'm skeptical of mat jak's claim that my N. x ventrata isn't just that.. what else does it look like it could be? Oh, and as for the tarantula, sad news She had a bad shed - low humidity or insufficient micronutrients in her diet, so the old and new skins didn't separate properly and she died Maybe I'll get another someday, but in the mean time her tank has been made easier to grow CPs in and less spider-proof, so I won't get another one very soon.
  4. N. ventricosa x (dubia x singalana) look at that nectar! N. x emmarene ( N. ventricosa x khasiana) The mother plant - I overfertilized her, so now she has a total of 6 growth points but no pitchers - hoping it wears off soon! daughter plant 1: daughter plant 2: a proof-of-concept test for growing easy nepenthes via Barry Rice's coke bottle method. This plant has lived in a windowsill since December, without getting watered and with the bottle collecting dust, and is still pitchering. N. x kuchingensis (N. ampullaria x mirabilis) N. x ventrata some utricularia: This one has a mix of subulata and tridentata, so I'll have to wait and see which one is growing the flower scapes! edit: WOAH, forgot to resize that one, sorry. Image tags removed. And scapes on my U. nephrophylla! My through-the-microscope pictures didn't turn out so well though, it looked much better in person: U. sandersonii U. gibba Finally, in the barrel bog, Flytraps waking up: My sarracenias still look like crap from last winter, but I was impressed with this S. purpurea I saw in a hardware store last week, so I brought it home: And that's it! Not all of my plants, but certainly the majority of them. I hope you enjoyed and didn't break your bandwidth!
  5. It was 65 degrees outside today, so I took the greater portion of my plants outdoors for a quick photo session. The photo quality was hit-and-miss, but I didn't want to leave them in direct sun for too long just for better pictures! The whole group: Drosera paleacea ssp. roseana D. paradoxa D. paradoxa white flower D. slackii Unknown hitchhiker - any ideas? Heliamphora minor Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor Nepenthes bellii if it looks truncated, it is - I cut the top off a couple months ago and it just started on the main stem again. smaller pitcher on basal shoot: a young N. ephippiatap a young N. macfarlanei N. ventricosa "red pitchers" The rest are coming soon!
  6. I do! humidity is already very high, but I'll try potting it in a different substrate and sticking the pot back in the tank. If it doesn't show improvement by the time I move my highland nepenthes back outdoors for the summer, I'll move it outdoors with them to see if the real sunlight helps. Thanks!
  7. My D. prolifera lives in a planted terrarium filled with a layer of 1:1 peat : vermiculite (put in before I read to be careful with vermiculite), and a thickening bed of live sphagnum. It's alive, and has gotten a lot larger since I first got it as a tiny plantlet 8 months ago, but its slow growth and complete lack of new plantlets is in stark contrast with the D. adelae that requires frequent weeding and thinning in the same terrarium. Is D. adelae just a faster grower, or is there some other difference in their optimum growing conditions that I may not be addressing here? the prolifera only has two healthy, sticky, green leaves at a time, with the older of the two losing its dew each time a new leaf opens. I also lost a small N. vieillardii rather abruptly in this same tank, but the other inhabitants, all apparently quite happy, are: N. bellii N. rafflesiana D. capensis D. paradoxa D. alicea D. slackii D. unknown hitchhiker (two kinds, likely different spatulata clones) P. sethos P. moctezumae x gigantea P. primuliflora U. calcyfida Any advice appreciated!
  8. I think you overly anthropomorphise your plants. Using a pitcher as a food vessel, aside from being nothing new as others have pointed out, is a lot less "mean" than abuses doled out to conscious animals that CAN recognize and react to pain and abuse in the name of food.
  9. Ok, only the first one smells bad, but oh my God I'd have thought that "mildew and gymsocks" might have come up in all my reading on Nepenthes in books and the forums! Nevertheless, I was very excited to get my first Nepenthes bloom, even if it is a male ventricosa And a non-smelly flower first: I've kept D. adelae in a terrarium for two years w/o flowers, move one into a jar of water with U. gibba and some sand in the windowsill last July to see if it can survive the lower humidity and lack of soil, and look what it does!
  10. Decapod73

    nepenthes ID

    Oh hey, I have one of those! again, saying N. x emmarene (aka N. ventricosa x khasiana)
  11. each is striking in its own right! I LOVE the venation on A, B has nice peristomes, D has excellent lids, E came out beautifully red, and F has nice venation and peristomes. Wonderful results from the project, I'd say!
  12. What in the world? Is that typical for this hybrid?
  13. That is a beautiful hybrid! Amazing how you've introduced leucophylla color while maintaining near-perfect purpurea shape!