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  1. This a nonsense way of thinking. Stick to probabilities and calculate them through from seed dispersal. Phil has a very good point.
  2. Maybe just 'the one kind of Ping' means a load of plants grown from seed from a crossing. That could result in the variations.
  3. Somewhat debatable what that is, though, unfortunately. Is 'mankind' inclusive of those dead and yet to be born, or just those alive today, or something else?
  4. Is Homo sapiens not natural or a product of nature? Therefore, is not all that the species does as nature intended? It is very anthropomorphic (or an act of religious faith) to think that nature (whatever that is) has an intention.
  5. They already are the headlines in many texts. It is inevitable if you have a growing number of consumers and finite resource. The thing that is so surprising is that most idiots have to see it in a newspaper before they consider it worthy of discussion or doing anything about it. We are nearing the end of the Holocene mass extinction event. DAv-ion, any ideas for reasons to explain your observations?
  6. Well, your punctuation and spelling appear to be excellent. This makes your posts easy and a pleasure to read, so it is time well spent. Just think of it as deferred gratification. The harder you work early on, the easier life is later on! Patience, youngling.
  7. Thanks for the sharing your experiment results.
  8. Many Mexi pings can be kept growing through Winter if kept warm, plenty of light (unnaturally extended photo period) and damp; do a search for 'Joseph Clemens' on this forum. Naturally, though, they would experience a dry period and growth slows or goes into a Winter growth mode (tighter, non-carnivorous more succulent foliage). Different species undergo different amounts of change e.g. P. macrophylla forms a very tight rosette under the surface, like a bulb. From the accounts of P. moctezumae habitat, it seems it does naturally grow in conditions of greater moisture than, for example, P. gypsicola (see http://www.carnivorousplants.org/IPSG/IPSG_08.PDF (page 19)). I tend to err on the dry side, though, because it means my plants are less likely to rot (damp+dark+still air = rot). They usually start to form different types of leaves as the photoperiod reduces and you reduce watering. Winter in Mexico may be colder at altitude but Mexico receives far more light at this time of year than the UK and I do not use artificial lighting. If you have just one or two plants, I find that the best place in the UK is to put them on a south facing windowsill, inside, preferably behind a curtain. They will get cool (never let them freeze) during the night, experience water condensation from the air, and then will share the warmth of the house when the curtains are open during the day. This should help promote flowers. A centrally heated house in Winter is usually quite dry so giving them a little water now and again is probably sensible but I am not sure of the need. A frost free greenhouse shared with other non-succulent plants is usually quite humid (buckets of condensation over night) and additional water is more likely to make them rot. From about Dec to May in Mexico, there is very little rain. http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/divers/drywet.htm Of interest, this great postcard article from Fernando Rivadavia: http://www.pinguicula.org/A_world_of_Pingu...Postcard_25.htm
  9. Flies are usually in a panic state in a conservatory. They are not usually relaxed enough to investigate or behave normally. They will keep battering the window until they are near death if panicking. Sarracenia are your best best for fly catching in a sunny conservatory (but beware the smell of the flowers of S. flava). Drosera are more opportunistic fly catchers while Sarracenia actively produces a nectar like substance to attract flies. Also, Drosera catch mainly smaller flies or lanky insects such as daddy long legs unless sticky foliage is dense.
  10. Dry if cold. A bit of water (about as much as a normal houseplant) if warm and light. Cold =<15'C. Err on the side of dry. Definitely dry if in frost free greenhouse.
  11. Mmmm, a little sarcasm was my intention here....
  12. I believe this is true of the 'natural' population in the UK. The philosophy needs to be applied globally. The most important charity in third world countries is empowerment of women, through education and family planning. This can be just as applicable in some areas of Europe. Whenever anybody is collecting charity for less developed countries, I always ask what percentage is going to be spent on education. If they don't know then I do not give them money. If more people did this then the importance of education will be recognised. What is the point of saving a few lives if that results in more starving, deprived children. Of course, this is a very idealistic view and easy to write sitting in my warm chair; I am sure that if I was in the middle of a starving village in Africa then I would want to help as many as possible. It is an old problem but one that everyone should think about. Back in the UK, there is no doubt that the situation will get worse before it gets better whatever happens. Any future planning and sustainability will take at least a generation to take effect. It is one reason why we must all take personal responsibility in this and expect the government to do nothing (they only work on a 4yr time scale; they encourage short term solutions which nearly always are to the detriment of the long term). Quite simply, because of inevitable future competition over limited resources, it is selfish to have more than 2 children and it should be discouraged. Or maybe we should just shoot the fattest people first because that will save NHS costs, too. Oh, and the smokers.
  13. On average, it would be 1 boy and 1 girl. Old age is not the only method of death. It is not perfect but, compared to killing people, it would be a lot better than the current situation and is a passive way to help.
  14. The 30million is if we cut off all supplies with other countries. If everyone has a 2 child philosophy then that won't have to happen. Natural death rate will then decrease the population. Old-heavy demographics is not a good situation but I feel the alternative of an ever increasing population (until crash) is far worse. Don't we already have an old-heavy demographic?
  15. Unnecessary. Just stop at 2 children. Easy. http://www.optimumpopulation.org/
  16. Thanks for the reference list photos - very useful. Your collection is a lot neater than mine! I have Pings smothering others and falling out of pots - I must sort them out! Are any of these your own hybrids?
  17. Sorry, can't help. Apart from the purpurea they all look like hybrids and I have no experience of Floralive stock. The garden centre ones were likely to have insufficient or wrong labels to begin with.
  18. Whenever people ask for Sarracenia identities they hardly ever state where they got them from. This can sometimes be the single most useful bit of info (not always!!).
  19. As are the pitchers, otherwise why be green?
  20. Very healthy plants and great photos, Marcus. That emarginata cross has an interesting form.
  21. Also in the not too distant past the Royal Mail was a loss maker. It was once a centrally funded government department but is now a profit driven limited company with shares held by the government. Charging the £1 handling fee is an easy way for them to make money - ker..ching! Why do you think they changed the way we paid for postage and made letter size such a complex issue? It is a profit making company with no viable competition for the bulk of its revenue, not a social support service.
  22. Very good - I like it!! Fondle was not an option, though.
  23. It is just people's misassumptions from the fact he no longer writes about CPs. I am glad to hear that he still has a few plants. The chastising of species introduction comes up now and then. Obviously it should not be done but, compared to the rate of change of our ecosystems caused by man made activity related to population growth, I think there are bigger things to hammer on about.
  24. Looks like a hybrid involving P. agnata to me. As you say, the spur is longer than usual, and the stigma is much further forward in the flower than usual P. agnata. Also, the petals appear smooth; devoid of hairs.
  25. Rhizomes can stay dormant for more than a year. From what you have labeled, is that right hand yellow definitely coming from the big growing point (with a blue) or could it be from underneath? It could well be you have a weird plant but to satisfy the skeptics I think it would have to be examined after a thorough washing off of compost. It appears pretty certain that you have growth from two genetically distinct 'tissues'. Anyway, I am sure you will keep your eye on it. Be sure to update us next year on this mystery!