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    Nepenthes, Dionaea, Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, Lithops
  1. I live in the Pac Northwest too. Lots of rain and cold winters. I used to grow my vfts in aquarium tanks, haul them out and place them into our fridge over the winter... next to the milk and eggs in the fridge. Until one year, I left them out doors. They survived. Not only did they survive, they grew larger and more robust the following spring. I guess it was due to keeping the growing media and roots intact. Now I leave all my vfts outdoors, exposed to the sky - with all the glorious rain, drizzle, slush, sleet, ice, snow, spit and whatever else... also get the nice ray of sunshine. Gets down to -10C at times... but as long as the plant doesn't awake to early during our spring, and then get hit with a late spring re-freeze... the vfts will love you for it. So will your Mom and your fridge.
  2. Fernando ... Many years ago, my old friend Randy Lamb gave a presentation to us Pacific Northwest CP folks... and on it he showed photos of a Carnivorous garden in Brazil that you brought him to. I think there was an image of an entrance sign in an arc shape that had read "Plante Carnivores" or something. He also showed photos of another friend of yours, of an older Japanese couple that grew orchids and CPs. Anyways, nice to see so many old timers still around. David PS Randy is now living in the Yukon with a wife and a couple of kids.
  3. Spectacular! Thanks for sharing your photos. Wish I had dropped by and visited you when I was in HK recently. David
  4. Wow! Great photos Steve. Absolutely spectacular. Thanks for sharing your photos. It's always nice to see habitat photos so we can appreciate the sorts of conditions our beauties hail from. So, based on the way you (and some of the other people in the photos) are dressed, the ambient temperatures were fairly pleasant? ie. not too cold? And the soil looks sort of loose and clay-like. thanks! David
  5. Last year I posted a photo of this flava flower. I wasn't sure if it was a one time anomaly... due to weather / temp quirks. The flower petals shows a little bite or "dimple" an upside down heart. To test to see if the dimple would occur for a third season, I divided the plant last fall to see if both divisions would pop up with the floral anomaly... and it did. Has any of you had a similar flower petal on your flava? I've grown this one from seed, and it has been growing in my garden for the past decade or so, and the flower dimple was first noticed two years ago... and reobserved last year and again this year. David flava growing this Spring (2007) flava with xcatebaei in background. David
  6. Nice leuco ... but your burgundy flava (v. cuprea?) is my favourite... beautifully grown plants. Thanks for sharing the beauty.
  7. Stunning photos! You have an eye for photography...and your plants look very clean and healthy.
  8. when it comes back from the dead... does it become known as species var. lazaruseus or zombianicus? ;)
  9. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos Stewart. It is so sad to learn of the greed by the curious and worse, the greed by some of our less scrupulous CP colleagues. All the more reason for keeping locations secret.
  10. Thanks... I'll check one of the current Nep reference books and compare the adnata species key to see if it jives.
  11. Hi all... I had posted the following on the new ICPS forum, and have heard back from a few good folks. I thought I'd do the same over here... Now with the internet and all, one can easily google for a species and locate a description and an image of a searched plant. Well, I've got a few plants and I've tried googling them, and still I have no idea of what they are. Decades ago, I purchased some Neps that had ID names I cannot find on the Net, and if I do, they look nothing like the plants I have. Here are my old mystery Neps: The following were bought as "species" back in the early 80's: N insignis N soneyii (also known as mutt #1 or leopard skin in my collection) and the following... were purchased as hybrids, and I've long lost their id tags. They're all grown here in highland condition plants. Any help in identifying them would be most appreciated. Thanks! N. "mutt #2" N. "mutt #3" N. "mutt #4" N. xdreamy koto? aka N. mutt #5 N 'judith finn'? N xcurtisii I will take better photos of them later in the growing season to more clearly show some features (leaves, pitchers, flowers etc) and will post them here. Thanks.
  12. Wow! Beautiful photos of beautiful plants. Thanks for sharing your joy with us.
  13. I grow my aristy in a green house and it has more than tripled in approximately 2 feet tall. I live in a temperate climate, with summer daytime temps hitting close to 90F and nightime lows of around 65F. In the winter, daytime hits hover around 64F and drops to 46F at night. I do not provide the little beast any supplemental lighting. In fact, the plant has survived unintentional temperatures of 36F for a few days at a time. It grows quickly in the summer, and is a profuse pitcherer. It's a hardy Nep in my opinion, and a beautiful one at that.
  14. Flytrap_canada


    I just posted a thought about my experience with some record cold temps up here in Canada on the Greenhouse related thread: I lost over half my lowlanders... not due to the cold, but due to the lack of water and humidity when my water lines frozed and burst. It was a real bummer as I lost my prized giant all red ampullaria that I've been growing for almost 20 years. I should also mention that some of my "intermediate" neps were not as intermediate as I had thought. So to all those who traded N xcurtisii and N.xjudith finn with me in the past... these should be treated as lowlanders. The same goes for my veitchiis, they were supposed to have been highland varieties, but now I can see from the cold damage that they should be grown as intermediates.
  15. I just lost a pile of prized Neps this winter. You can read all about my saga on our Canadian CP forum. I was away when a winter storm hit the coast - freezing my water line (and bursting it) that serviced my greenhouse. I lost half my lowland plants and a few highlanders... including a large all red ampullaria that i'd grown for almost 20 years. What killed off my plants was not the frigid temperatures (we hit average lows of -12C) ... it was the dryness of the air. From what I gather, the dry heat from my electrical heaters had dessicated all the slat type pots , thus drying up the plants. So when the water supply ceased, the plant and growing medium became extremely dry. Contrast this to my neps who were in larger pots or in complete full plastic containers... these all survived. So the hard lesson here is to make sure that there is a secondary water supply when you're not around to check. I will be preparing a number of large rubber tubs of water fitted with sump pumps as backup water. And where we live in Canada, it gets fairly cold for extended periods.