marcello catalano

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  1. the spiders should be Misumenops (not sure if the only species that inhabits Nepenthes is M. nepenthicola), whenever we cut pitchers for our line photos and we bring them back to the hotel, eventually we get 2-3 spiders sleeping with us in the room :)
  2. hi guys, maxxima, your plant is smilesii, no worries, the hair is visible even in the first pictures... the pitchers are a bit more squat than usual, but that can often be the case... color patterns are far too familiar, as much as the flower spike appearing so soon at the rosette stage...
  3. Hi there, that's definately a hybrid with N. gracilis
  4. before your perspective becomes too narrow, let me remind you something: in Europe and US we spend relatively high prices on these plants, and that's very attractive for SE asian poachers, but most of us also care very much about conservation, so that maybe just a handful of hidden, ashame people buys poached plants and they are not even proud of that. BUT in SE Asia, most growers/forums/communities/facebook don't really care about the poaching thing, poachers are totally free to poach and sell at very low prices, nobody will say anything, it's just something that doesn't hurt their sensibilit
  5. Hi, a part from the loss of compost through the holes, I just think that long fibered dead sphagnum mixed in equal parts with perlite would be a much better mix, even if just for safety I would avoid right now to put living sphagnum on the top, until the plants are large enough and their growth is under control. Don't worry too much about very small symptoms like colour and size of the pitchers, these species are VERY slow, you can only have a good idea of how things are going (and why) after 1-2 years, it's not a matter of months, unless they are clearly dying. Also because our european seaso
  6. Hi everybody, I know this should be in the sale section, but as it regards all regions in the world I wasn't sure of what sub-section I had to use. Plus, being the thorelii seeds involved, it's kind of an event. Yes, Trong - who traveled with me and collected these seeds while with me, while I was involved in other tasks like taking photos etc - put his stuff for sale at ridiculous prices, for the sake of conservation in cultivation. Please don't ask me anything else, ask him, the link is on facebook: Thanks, Marcello
  7. Hi Gareth, intermediate indeed, and also don't keep it too wet, I think if sphagnum in the same pot is thriving and the plant is not, then it's too wet. Mlong, both chang and bokorensis are better treated as intermediate plants too.
  8. Hi, These taxa don't need the dry season that they experience in the wild. They are mostly easy to grow, but I would avoid to keep them in a water tray, at least until they are big enough to tolerate some standing water. Depending on your climate and your other lowland nepenthes, get them used to some direct sun (don't forget that they come from the tropics, where they grow in full sun all day long). Also, I would avoid the sand in the mix (it just makes it heavy) and the sphagnum (it makes it wet for too long, good for other species but not for these), these plants do fine with the usual mix
  9. Lovely! I told you, just fill the pitchers with the chicken solution I explained, and you'll see the new leaves and pitchers getting twice larger than that! :)
  10. well, the perlite in question has been used for all my carnivores for ages without problems, when it was mixed 50-50 with peat. Surprisingly, not even mixes 50-50 with sand gave problems. So I made this mix of 90 perlite and 10 supersphag, hoping in great, hairy, light mix, but still with a little nutrient. The plants grew fine, until I noticed that the pichers were growing of good size and color, but with deformities that looked like radioactive! :) At the same time, I noticed little bubbles of green sticky algae growing on the bits of sphagnum. So I really suspect that the perlite dust, ric
  11. Thanks, yes, my attention still goes towards the properties of the clone (that BE item is a single clone, we should see if other people share your success with this particular clone) and on the fact that my perlite probably had to be washed very well BEFORE being used, washing it later is not enough. The fertilizer only made things worse (I also stick to a "chicken soup" in the traps whenever I can, it's the best thing).
  12. I've rooted both nepenthes and cephalotus in pure perlite and no problem... it could be something with adult plants, I don't know...
  13. Hi Gareth, it does in fact look very good! When I tried using such a large part of perlite (90%) I had problems for sure related to very high microconductivity (or toxicity?) and maybe lack of nutrients. I couldn't even feed the soil, as it seemed like the salts from the fertilizer would stick to the porous perlite, whose granules were covered by roots (roots love perlite, as you know, because it's wet and yet airy, not to mention the fact that in this kind of mix, it's the only thing they can stick to!). I washed the perlite from above many times, but it didn't seem to work, it was like it