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  1. Unfortunately, there's always someone who is a whining bugger and will complain about air being too pure. It ultimately ruins both the hobby and community and is very sad indeed. I've never dealt with OP, but I hope with time you find the spark again. Take care Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. As is said in the medical profession, common things are common. It's good to know about this fungus but unless it's proven then the most likely explanation is what has been given en masse. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. How tall is tall? It can't be over 6ft without planning permission. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. However, Dave has not asked a question in this post and I fail to see how pictures of his plants will prove a point. Both Dave and Fred are giving advice on their own experiences which are completely subjective - so fair enough. OP simply wants to know how to improve his Regia so instead of blowing smoke into the fire, why don't we offer further advice or well wishes. This is exactly why experienced growers leave the forum. Good luck OP, sounds like it's working mate. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Stephen's been here since the start of the forum and is arguably one of the biggest contributors to the entire CP community. It's sad not having his expertise here ultimately due to the petty comments of the few. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Brendan

    VFT question

    Hi Jim. If you feel that the plants are rather weak, you generally shouldn't trigger the traps unnecessarily as it expends energy - unless you're feeding of course. As long as they're receiving plenty of light they'll come on well. BW. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Hi Jim, Welcome to the forum! I think they look like they've come from a DIY shop but not to worry - I'm sure you'll have them in tip top condition by summer. In addition, I live in Durham so if you need a hand repotting or want some new plants I have quite a few for sale. BW, Brendan. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Hi Danny, As Oliver said, it's not advised to plant them all together. You can plant the Sarracenia together in a pot certainly and they will grow outside if you wish. VFTs have never grown well for me outside, only when in a greenhouse. The Sarracenia don't need to be in a propagator, they will likely be more prone to rot. You won't need t4 lights on any of the plants if they are in a sunny south facing window. Purchasing a CP care book would be a great investment. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Agreed, unfortunately your plant appears to be fit for the composter. But as Fred says, tug off the pitcher leaves to expose the rhizome of the plant. You'll expose the woody rhizome. If you scratch into the rhizome there may be some signs of life - it will appear white inside. If all of the rhizome is brown then the plant is confirmed as deceased. Rip. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Mendel's law applies only to monogenic inheritance. This simply means that a trait is defined by one single gene. Not all genes are inherited in such a fashion, and are more commonly inherited polygenically, which means more than one genes interact together. It might be that inheritance in the Nepenthes genus is inherited in such a way - creating a normal distribution curve as manders explains above. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. You're a lucky man to get a bonus greenhouse with a new house - must be very exciting for you. The plants will be much happier outside so that they can rest over winter. It also gives you some windowsill space (for more plants ) In regards to heating, I currently have a polytunnel which has been unheated since I got it and for the most part I've been fine. I'm getting a greenhouse shortly and was considering some heating myself in order to keep it above freezing but I'm not sure! Sorry I can't help you very much with that one.
  12. You're doing exceedingly well, congratulations! Have you made any plans RE dormacy? (Sorry if I've missed a topic)
  13. My D filiformis are the most hardy drosera in the poly tunnel. They've lasted 5 years of neglect and still increase in number despite losing the majority of my binata. The poly tunnel is un-heated and frequently freezes. I have no idea about the soil moisture but I imagine they have been sitting in water during winter. Good luck, I know how frustrating it can get when you can't figure out what you're doing wrong.
  14. I'm sort of in the same position of returning to the hobby after over 5 years so I completely understand how you've felt! Looks like a great step in the right direction, congratulations. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. A big thanks to you and your family for the hospitality yesterday Stephen - it was a lovely day. The other half also loves her first ever Pinguicula - the challenge is now keeping it alive!!!!
  16. Hi Stephen, its been a long time since I've seen anyone from the CP circuit and I'd love to attend. Please could you send me some details of your location when you have a moment. BW. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Hi guys, I've got some N.ventricosa pollen available if anyone has a willing female to pollinate! I'd appreciate a few seeds out of the swap. Please PM.
  18. Michele, This is an old topic (as you've probably guessed) and Sheila is not a member of the forum any more. Sorry.
  19. Karl, The CPs you have purchased are incredibly easy once you satisfy their basic requirements - most importantly - a good strong light source and rain water. They really don't need very much fuss. Taking them to work each day just to bring home seems like a bit of a chore. So don't worry, it takes time to suss out new CPs, but you'll get there in the end.
  20. I read this article last week. We, as a species, have so much cognitive potential and this has led to amazing discoveries all over the world. But cognition is like a double-edged sword and thus has a price - it's impacting on environments and habitats to such a point where we are the main driving force for extinction of both genus and species. It's frightening to consider what will be left in only 5, 10 or even 20 years from now.
  21. I always understood heterophylla and anthro-free to be completely different things. One can get away with labelling anything "all-green" if there's lack of pigmentation in adult pitchers, but it's a vague term.
  22. Repot as soon as you can - the plant wont tolerate it for long. You'll need to change all of the potting mixture because nutrients will have leached out of the compost into the sphagnum moss peat. Good luck.
  23. On the contrary, James, all cells don't work passively - however this also a possibility for nutrient absorption. Plant root hair cells absorb water passively, down the concentration gradient via osmosis (as you mentioned). No energy is required for this. Plant root hair cells also absorb substances actively, UP a concentration gradient. Examples include minerals in the soil. To do this the plants expend energy. Transferring my medical knowledge into plants, I postulate that there will be a transporter which will "suck in the nutrients" into the glandular pitcher cells and be transported throughout the plant. Further, I would imagine that the nutrients will be transported around the plant vasculature and into all cells. From here, the nutrients can be used for growth and development and cellular tasks. If it is not used immediately, it may be stored, and this will occur in cells. When in winter dormacy, the plants will resorb some of the nutrients from leaves that were thrown up earlier in the year. These will then be distributed to living plant tissue (phyllodia and rhizome).
  24. I expect the Nepenthes pitcher to be similar to a human stomach in some respects. The stomach produces highly concentrated hydrochloric acid by parietal cells mostly located in the pylorus (the end part of the stomach). This correlates with the pitcher anatomy and where the glandular tissue is situated. The difference is that virtually nothing is absorbed in a human stomach - yet everything is absorbed in the pitcher. There could be some active transport mechanisms, similar to that in root hair cells, to actively move nutrients from the pitcher juice across the cell wall and into the circulation of the plant. Just a hypothesis!
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