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  1. I agree, Joseph. Salmon pink is the closest I have been with a P. laueana parent on an F2 hybrid.
  2. What about a power cut? What a mistake not to think of that one... And all that CO2 generation leading to climate change; I mean, fancy not thicking of that?! These days electrical goods manufacturers consider two years to be ok for product life. That is the appalling situation of today's electrical consumer market. Those screws sound like 'security torx' if you want to find drivers for them. Unfortunately, though, the usual fault with electrical fan heaters is that the element has burnt out and needs to be replaced. You might be lucky, though.
  3. Fascinating shots - thank you for taking the time to show them.
  4. I would guess it was a moranensis x ehlersiae derivative. These clones are often referred to as false Weser/Sephos or garden centre Weser/Sephos. This one is not the true P. 'Weser' or P. 'Sephos' cultivar. It is really liking your conditions, though!
  5. Despite what the media would lead you to believe, there are lots of good people around; it is just that the bad ones make the most noise.
  6. That depends on your level of training! Ok, what is the record for Sarracenia neglect? I have a plant that has a rhizome hanging over the side of the pot by about 2inches. I reckon it is the least likely of my plants to get Botrytis, though. You see, child labour should be encouraged.
  7. I have a wooden Alton greenhouse that has no bottom rail across the door threshold. Not sure about the door width options, though. Might be worth a look for you. Another possible option (and this is just off the top of my head) is to put slabs either side of the narrow door frame and make the floor inside up to that level, with a gentle ramp outside. Mind you, 3 inch sounds quite a big gap.
  8. I expect it does work in native habitat as an effective means of propagation. Given their opportunistic and partially 'epiphytic' nature, I expect natural propagation to include detachment of plantlets and leaves. I have noticed that my P. jaumavensis clone regularly 'pushes out' and naturally detaches leaves which would, naturally, blow away or fall below.
  9. Very nice plant. I think Stephen's is the tallest I know about: http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=33029
  10. Jolly good. Just bought as many Pings inside from the greenhouse that I have space for to keep dryish and above freezing over our dark Winter. The others will have to take their chances in the greenhouse. I use natural light. I have a heater that I set to frost free but I usually lose a couple of the more fleshy plants during heavy frosts because I am too tight to turn the heating up anymore. These were just P. 'Tina' last year, but I had lots inside, too.
  11. Interesting that the amount of growth does not appear to differ, but the amount of chlorophyll does.
  12. Thanks for the great reference photos, Wim.
  13. Lovely plants, Joseph. Nice to see you posting again. What is the plant down the right hand side of the right hand tray, please?
  14. Why, please? What are the attractions? Is it a Scottish-English thing?
  15. This concerns the definition of a carnivorous plant again. Just because dead insects can fall to the ground, nutrients are broken down and then at some future time absorbed through the roots of a plant is a pretty weak reason to call it carnivorous. But you can see the point. QI often makes dubious statements.
  16. The response of a gentleman, . I do not want to discourage your enthusiasm! I was just a bit shocked to see such a mislabeled thread after the very recent thread by Davy where the general compromise appeared to be to discuss things in the right category. Since it's done now (and I have an interest in moths, too!), what food plant did you use? P.S. You can tell me off next time I misplace a thread.
  17. Nice moth; I have two questions: 1) Why is this thread in the 'Carnivorous Plants in Cultivation' category? 2) What has the title to do with the subject? I cannot even see the moth feeding off the S. minor photographed. It appears to have been manually placed on it.
  18. I have 2.6kW of grid tied solar panels on my house and also a completely separate little solar panel for my greenhouse. What I have been wanting to do for the last few years is to fit a few small cheap fans (e.g. PC fans) inside my greenhouse so that the power from the little panel is moved between them (my pile of little fans gathers more dust every day). This can all be done with a little bespoke controller and a 3-core wire (or 2, with a little more complexity) going between all the fans. There could be lots of fans but you would only need enough power to drive one, thus keeping the panel size small. I just have my panel rigged up to one fan at the moment. If only I were retired! P.S. Yes, because the feed in tariffs (FITs) are now so good for domestic installations (must be done by registered installers to qualify for the feed in tariff), there is at least one company who is offering free electricity from roof panels that they fit (and maintain) on your house in exchange for a rental agreement for your roof top. They are happy with simply getting the feed in tariff from your electricity provider which is about 42p/kWhr and is paid to them whether you use the electricity from the panels or not. The feed in tariff makes pay back about £1000 per year on a good sized south facing roof. Hence, installation and purchase is paid for in about 10-13yrs (far quicker for a bulk installer). The estimated lifetime of the system should be over 20yrs. This feed in tariff payment is coming from everybody's electricity bill; therefore, if you are not on the boat, you are losing out.
  19. For anybody reading this and thinking of buying the same, I would highly recommend specialist nurseries or ads on here rather than the high street. Plants are often mistreated, stressed or shocked, poor quality, in wrong compost, been given inappropriate water and often incorrectly labelled. Also, they are nearly always from tissue culture which, with Sarracenia, causes the plant to produce lots of little pitchers for months/years. Most are random hybrids. The strongest and best varieties are very rarely seen in the shops. The only advantage is that they are cheaper and more conveniently located.
  20. This one looks exactly like the one I bought from Oregon Scientific (name correct?) a few years ago. Probably is same model differently badged. It works well but the distance is the problem. It doesn't communicate more than about 10m line of site with one house wall in between. The distances quoted by the manufacturers for these kind of units are usually a load of crap. I would like to find one that has a decent proved range.
  21. Good. Then you see that I think this is an argument over the reason why all the seeds do not make it to mature plants. I would propose that the main reason (by orders of magnitude) is due to both competition between seedlings and other vegetation and, to a lesser extent, that the seeds do not land in 'ideal' growing conditions. These plants grow in very competitive habitats. The counter argument might be that the seeds do not reach maturity because most are not viable i.e. given ideal conditions they would not germinate. I do not grow Nepenthes but I know enough about ecology and evolution to understand that this latter suggestion is very unlikely; most seeds will be viable if given appropriate conditions in a timely manner. Let us say there are 100 seeds scattered over an area of 1m square. Most will not survive to maturity MOSTLY because of competition from the other seedlings and surrounding vegetation. Take 50 of these seeds away at the start and the chance of one reaching maturity is hardly any different than if 50 were not taken away. The reduction in probability that any will reach maturity is hardly changed if the main reason for wild seeds not reaching maturity is competition. Assuming this is true, then all you are doing by taking half the seeds away is fractionally slowing evolution of the species in the wild (a tiny amount given the time scales). If the seeds were taken responsibly then the result, assuming e.g. 50% survival in cultivation, is 25 pampered plants in cultivation with all the DNA they carry related to that species safe from habitat destruction. If they are looked after well by caring conservationists then should the wild population disappear due to habitat destruction then there is a chance the cultivated plants can be used to re-introduce somewhere in the future. Get enough seed from enough plants into cultivation (i.e. NOT tissue culture) then you may have enough genetic variability to ensure their survival upon re-introduction. The argument for tissue culture is, as Phil mentioned, a very quick reduction in plant value resulting in less poaching. However, taking 50% of the seeds does mean that the probability of seed falling in 'ideal' growing conditions without any help is halved and this is significant if this factor is significant. Countering this, the responsible collector could take more of the seeds and scatter/sow them nearby where the collector thinks they will have better growing conditions than where most would have been dispersed naturally (of course, this needs a full understanding of wild seed dispersal methods for this particular plant). (This also ensures that another seed collector cannot come along after and take even more seeds from the same ripe pod.) But then you could say, 'Hey! What about all the other plant species that would have naturally competed and are now at a disadvantage!'. Well, that is another argument concerning biodiversity; but I would suggest that having the highest biodiversity ensures that we have an ecosystem with the best chance of adaption to change and, so, of supporting our tiny biosphere and life as we know it. Does this make sense?
  22. But both of these plants have some qualities of P. agnata both in foliage and flower. Although P. moranensis seems to be a name used on almost every Ping under the Sun, which variant are you suggesting either of these plants resembles? You write as if you know who the supplier was. Who was it?