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  1. I think there are some newer generation RBG whites, but not sure... on the subject of spectra, here is a very good paper http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1406/1406.3016.pdf
  2. JM, Its the "Philips GreenPower LED Flowering Lamp" It comes in three variants (at least here in the states) Mine (and Carl's) is the White/Far Red/ Deep Red version. It was designed as a supplimental light to aid in flowering for greenhouse use. It was not designed as a stand alone plant light (per a conversation with vendor) Fred, I have a rack with 5000k 92 CRI lighting, I'll endeavor to move it there for some pics
  3. Fred, Yes, to look at the light its very pleasing to the eye. I would guess the CRI is relatively high. The light reminds you of the older plant gro fluorescents that had a pinkish tint. I suspect that much of the Red is beyond normal human perception. JM, I tried a ping with it and the colour wasnt unusual but the growth rate was very fast. Carl has the same light with a heliamphora and its color wasnt "unusual". I think he is about to try a ceph and see if he gets the same response. The light itself is rather small, its not anything you can illuminate more than a specimen plant with. one month later some observations and caveats.... The camera used to take the ping images seemed overly sensitive to the red leds, The substrate and dead plant material looked "normal" to the eye, not pink like in the images The Cephalotus is a "Hummer's Giant" but a clone that turns very dark/blackish under normal lighting. I believe it is from one of the plants Pokie used in her "which one is it?" threads I dont know if its the extra red, the lack of blue, or the increased ratio of red to blue... nor do I know if it would make every Cephalotus that color. But after seeing what it did to this one, the light has found its home :-) I have the light almost on top of the ceph btw, but it was some distance from the ping. Butch http://www.hortamericas.com/images/stories/cl-G-Flowering_Lamp-0111-lr-uk_LR.pdf
  4. Cephalotus grown using LED light with white, deep red, and far red LEDs
  5. edit: add caveat I should add that Turface is actually a brand name with several products... some have dyes in them, etc. The one I actually buy is their "All Sport" product sold in the states at John Deere Landscaping supply stores
  6. In the states, Aquatic plant soil and Turface are identical... just packaged and sold for different uses. Turface is much cheaper to buy... its all I have used for several years now. 13USD for a 18kg bag Vs. 25USD for a 4.5kg. The APS with Zeolite added (Pond Care Brand) has so little zeolite there is no benefit, just marketing. As others have said, what will work best for you is determined by your watering habits, your airflow, etc etc. No one right answer, that being said.... after years of use now, I still use APS(Turface) /Sphag/Perlite Av (Butch)
  7. H. minor var. pilosa question.... Mine is still very small, recovery has been a long road back. I now have several mature pitchers about an inch and half tall. Color and shape are good, but none are showing any hirsute tendencies yet.... starting to worry. I know in the official description it mentions the hair is only found on the upper 2/3rd of the pitcher (iirc, I would need to verify that statement so don't quote me) So wondering if the lack of hair at this early stage is normal or if I do have an issue with my plant or my conditions. Would like hear from those that have experience with this species. thanks in advance Av
  8. Sadness, but knowing your abilities Fran├žois.... not too worried long term. Wish I was close enough to be of some real assistance. Butch
  9. (going by personal observations) If you cut it at this stage the plant will likely just send up a replacement. If you wait till the first flower opens to trim it, a replacment is much less likely. The flowers are very elegant and I have never had issue with flowering killing the plant.... If this is your first, I'd say let it flower... Be prepared for a tall stalk with 3 to 5 flowers (varies) eventually. My Heliampahora bloom twice a year and can be self pollinated easily enough.... There is some "art" to the process. But once you have that "ah-ha" moment, it becomes very easy. It takes about three months for the fruit to ripen. Congrats and good luck, tuning fork does make the process much easier IMHO. Of course YMMV Av
  10. H. pulcella H. parva H. elongata any others? What about H minor var. pilosa? I have an old clone of H. ionasii that does, but I believe it to actually be H. ionasii x elongata Av
  11. Geeze Bill, you have no mercy ;) That is my current "holy grail" quest heli..... Very, very nice mate Carl, looks like a Polytrichum moss of some flavor.... Butch
  12. David, U nut ;) Hopefully determine the "shelf life" of heli pollen and the effectiveness of common storage techniques....., Warren is already hinting at a CPN article Hmmmm, come to think of it.... you would make an excellent co-author old friend ;)
  13. Heliamphora folliculata pollen tubes (please forgive the poor technique, Im learning) small youtube video showing the length of one of the tubes thanks for looking, Av
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