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  1. George, did your plants suffer from mould or did they just die do you think?
  2. There are different species of hornet in different parts of the world with different habits so be careful not to group them all together. Never seen a hornet in my garden but my Sarras take plenty of wasps. I saw a horntail/wood wasp in the garden this year, though. Bees can take nectar from Sarracenia if weary or need energy (e.g. trapped in a greenhouse).
  3. I suspect that if you un-potted the plant and thoroughly washed the roots in water, you would find two different rhizomes growing tightly together. Can you definitely see these two different pitcher types growing from the same growing point? What would help work out what is going on is if you label all the stems in that second photo for the different types of pitcher (e.g. label each stem A or B). Even if rhizomes were grafted together then different growing points would sport different pitchers; you would not get them on the same growing point. (Rhizomes are not bulbs; they do not split lik
  4. Pitchers of flava are very different to leucophylla even from a young age. It could be that your plant is, in fact, two plants growing together? Photos would probably solve everything.
  5. Fish tank should be fine. My sister has an old ice cream container of partially flooded Sphagnum growing for about 10yrs. She just adds rain water and occasionally gives it a trim. I grow most of my Sphagnum in deep trays (adding rain water and pulling a handful out whenever I need it). The only possible problem I can think of with a deep fish tank is lack of air movement if the moss is at the bottom.
  6. Mmmm, what's the chemistry for that sulphur acidification? Hydrogen sulfide (smelly!) dissolves to form an acidic solution in water but sulphur hardly dissolves. If I were you, I would get lots of sphagnum moss regrowing and put netting over the whole bog. Good luck with whatever you go for!
  7. That is odd. That really is very alkaline. I would try repeating the measurements but, in any case, go with Stephen's advice above if the plants are growing ok. Universal indicator paper can sometimes be a bit difficult to measure with. You could try comparing some household items, like coke (should be acidic), vinegar (acidic), bicarbonate of soda (should be alkaline), tap water (should be neutral). I expect Alexis is asking for a photo of the plants to see how they are growing.
  8. Thanks, Stephen. It is just how I found it except for the careful removal of a deposit from its anus! Nice.
  9. Watch out for rule (10) of the forum rules. Some people are particularly sensitive about this issue. Link to it instead.
  10. How about, 'garden centre Ping'!? It sounds like it may have been a seed from your description and could, therefore, have been from a selfing or a cross, probably from a hybrid already. It certainly has elements of the garden centre 'Weser'/'Sephos' misnomers. Growing nicely!
  11. I find that Sarracenia seedlings vary hugely in their survivability. Some die very quickly, some put on a huge spurt of growth. Don't be disheartened. You haven't said where you obtained the seed that you started off with but the seedling you have left looks healthy at the moment.
  12. What did you use for your 'basic pH tests'? What values did you get?
  13. So, does anyone know if internet browsers should/do/can cache photos and not download a second time under these circumstances?
  14. Genlisea, Utricularia - two examples of adapted trapping 'roots'.
  15. For example, consuming nutrients through roots or leaves, just like every plant that exists? Mmmm, not specific enough for me. Might as well just call them plants.
  16. Are repeated photos downloaded twice? Doesn't the web browser buffer stuff like that as one might expect? Maybe there is a setting... Personally, I wouldn't object if the 'reply' button was removed completely. Cut and paste is easy enough if you want to identify an excerpt.
  17. Interesting but I believe that these Nepenthes attract, kill and absorb nutrients from prey as well as having these rare relationships? The relationship would, therefore, not exclude them from the category of carnivorous plants.
  18. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/insectivorous provides four definitions; only one of which would fit. At the end of the day it does not matter but, for me, because insectivorous has 'insect' in the name, and this is very well defined, I find the name misleading and too narrow.
  19. Many attract/prey on other invertebrates; not just insects e.g. Utricularia, Genlisea. There are many invertebrates that people often mistake for insects that are caught by other genera e.g. harvestmen (Opiliones) - these are caught by VFTs, for example, possibly lured in the conventional way, possibly lured by old prey. Pinguicula and other ground hugging sticky traps capture jumping invertebrates as well as insects. There are probably many other examples. Maybe even S. psittacina when flooded? It is just the traps we see above ground/water level that are mainly insectivorous. Carnivorous is
  20. He is becoming quite prolific. I have a few of his books now but I haven't had a chance to digest much of them. Are they repeating a lot of information? The book, 'Pitcher Plants of the Americas' has been out for a while but now he is bringing out two additional volumes called, 'Sarraceniaceae of North America' and 'Sarraceniaceae of South America'.
  21. I find that pods containing a lot of seeds (hundreds) are generally bigger than those containing none. If there are just a few seeds, then I cannot tell. Don't you find this?