Marcrijkenberg

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About Marcrijkenberg

  • Birthday 10/31/1966

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    Formerly Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa - now living in Ontario Canada
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    Reading, CP, gardening, genealogy, travel

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  1. Looks like Lantana to me. South Africa is infested with this noxious weed - your photo somehow captures its beauty though! Never thought I would have anything nice to say about Lantana...... Regards, Marc
  2. My D.pygmaea have survived temperatures of about 0 degrees C , but I fully appreciate that this does not translate to "hardy" in (pre-global warming) European terms!! Best wishes Marc
  3. Hi there. I confirm what Dani has said concerning S. American Drosera being VERY slow growers. I planted seed of D.tomentosa, D. montana, D.graminifolia and D.ascendens at the beginning of our (Southern hemisphere) summer. The resulting seedlings are still tiny now, about six months later. Looks like much patience is required for S.American Drosera! Regards Marc
  4. Hi Shawn There are certainly persons more qualified than I to reply to your post, but allow me to make a few observations from my experience: The first point, is that you have given us no indications as to which Drosera species you were planning to grow from leaf cuttings. Some are reputedly impossible to propagate in this manner (eg D.regia). Others, like the "petiolaris complex" Drosera require very warm conditions. The most exciting recent development is the so-called "water floating " method. I have only grown D. paradoxa this way, and it worked very well for me. I simply pulled the pe
  5. Marcrijkenberg

    D. roseana

    Hi Amar It is always very difficult to make observations from photographs, as lighting and exposure variables often create optical illusions. It would, however, appear that your mix does not contain sufficient sandgrit for "pygmies" to really thrive. Some growers are using close to a 1:1 ratio of peat to sandgrit for these little gems. I would tend to suggest that sandgrit should comprise a minimum of 30% of the total volume of the medium for these plants. It is possible that you did use the requisite amount of sand, but that the flooding you reported disturbed the medium to create a false
  6. I certainly did not have pygmy Drosera in mind when I described the method I employ. I would tend to agree with all of the others who suggest that you consider sending the plants potted. From my experience "pygmies" die at the drop of a hat if their roots are disturbed in any way. Best wishes Marc
  7. Hi Joel I've just edited this as I see that Peter got in just before me, we must have hit our "submit" buttons at almost the same instant! I'm pleased that he seems to have a very similar approach to mine. As a general rule Drosera do not "travel" very well, from my experience, they almost always lose all of their dew, but usually perk up after a while once they have settled in a bit. It might be useful to know which Drosera you plan to post, as some species (like D.regia for example) are very likely to suffer from, often fatal, collapse when they are disturbed to this extent. For the "r
  8. Hi Iwein Under our sub-tropical conditions in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa D.indica grows like a weed, and it seeds itself into other pots as liberally as D.capensis! From my experience it prefers rather warm conditions to germinate. The summer daytime temperatures in my greenhouse are often over 40 degrees C (with 80% humidity or more), and it is at these high temperatures that D.indica seems to germinate most rapidly. Under my growing conditions, it does not seem to mind shallow (7cm) pots with a high water table. Most of the D.indica are growing in plain Canadian peatmoss, with no sand
  9. Me again Fernando Pleased to hear that the similarities were not just a flight of fancy on my part, and that you experienced the same feeling during your visit to South Africa. Are you sure you are not an undercover employee of the Brazilian Tourist agency? You certainly appear to have inspired in many of us a desire to visit your beautiful country. Thanks again. Marc
  10. Wow Fernando! I had never even heard of D.camporupestris before, and what a lovely plant it is. Thank you so much for "taking" us with you to explore your beautiful country. I must echo what Sean has said. Before even reading Sean's post I was thinking that some of those landscape photographs could have been taken in Drosera natalensis habitats in my own province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The similarity is quite striking in some of your photos. Thank you, and please keep it up, I look so forward to seeing your reports. Best wishes Marc
  11. Hi Zakhren I was recently given seed of B.filifolia "Boulk area" by a friend on this Forum. I placed the pots, containing the freshly sown seed, under a belljar on a grid over a fire (a lot of fresh green leaves were thrown on the flames to create as much smoke as possible). The smoke became quite thick inside the belljar, and the pots were left in there for 3 minutes or so. A few days later five of the seeds germinated, and these plants are about 5cm tall at present. I would therefore employ the "smoke technique" if you don't get hold of GA3. Good luck Marc
  12. Thanks Pyro and Marcel for your advice. My wife will be eternally grateful to you guys, she is always complaining about how unsightly all those pots look on almost every windowsill in the house! My view on the subject is that a pot containing a CP can never look "unsightly". Thanks once again for your valuable input. Regards Marc
  13. I have just planted out seeds of Australian tuberous Drosera, and would be grateful for some advice from you "Tuberous experts" out there. I live just outside Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. My first question is whether to stand the pots inside the house or outside under the following conditions: OUTSIDE "coolhouse": temperatures during the day in Winter 25 - 28 Degrees C, and at night down to 3 Degrees C or so. INSIDE on West-facing windowsill: Receives direct afternoon sun only for about three hours. Winter daytime temperatures 20-25 Degrees C. Temperatures at night in Winter 8-10 Deg
  14. Beautiful photographs of a fascinating realm. Thanks Andy for giving us a glimpse into a rather remote part of the world, which most of us are unlikely ever to visit. Regards Marc
  15. Hi there all you growers of weird and wonderful plants. I have a friend, Andrew, living in the Far East, who is an avid collector of antplants. He is eager to establish contact with people who grow and collect antplants, and who either live in Fiji, or have contacts in Fiji, or who are about to travel to Fiji. His main interest lies in members of the genus Squamellaria. I boasted that if members of this Forum could not help him out, nobody could, so please don't let me down! Kindly PM me and I will relay the info. to Andrew. Best wishes Marc