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  1. I missed the ICPS conference a couple of weeks ago, and I'm hoping to recuperate my losses with a visit to Kew this weekend. The Kew website mentions that most of the carnivorous plants are kept "behind the scenes" in areas closed to the public. Does anybody know if there's any way to access these areas? Contacts at Kew would also be appreciated. In return, I can offer engaging cultivation discussion for the curators (if desired), and pictures for the forums!
  2. Oh yeah, I've heard this happens sometimes to recently rooted cuttings. They just go black and die...
  3. way too much peat in that mix if you ask me... root rot. You can do one of two things. one is to wait and hope more roots grow FAST, the other is to try an emergency cutting and try to root it. high-peat mixes aren't generally good for neps, though a bit can be okay. Try a more open mix, with ingredients like orchid bark, tree fern fiber, LFS, etc.
  4. Some pics from the NECPS show in late September at Roger Williams park in Rhode Island. unreal looking leucophyllas: Big bowl O' flytraps: Miranda: JMatt's tank of cephs: Cool lookin' purp The greenhouse's amazing bog: Another miranda: Gigantic sibuyanensis x truncata: A new convert (Nepenthusiast's doing) under the sibu x truncata. Ephippeatas: A hamata: Lowii x ventricosa: quogue (Matt K.)'s unbelievable D. regia 'big easy' Eymae x (stenophylla x lowii) Hamata: here's my rokko x spectabilis in th
  5. I would guess ramispina.
  6. I'm no expert, but if the nepenthes is sprouting new green growth I wouldn't worry too much about old pitchers shriveling, especially if the plant is new. Give it time and the right conditions and you will see pitchers.
  7. macfarlanei is easy. It produced a bigger leaf and a pitcher on the way on my 18% humidity growshelf. It is slow though.
  8. I also try to hold back on watering, but usually when I do that I wait too long and end up with dead pitchers and droopy leaves. The root systems do grow well though.
  9. my bet is N. x wrigleyana, which is mirabilis x (rafflesiana x ampullaria). But it also could be a different hybrid of the three, or something completely different.
  10. sorry, off topic, but how do you stop it from compacting? It seems whenever I pot something in sphagnum the soil level quickly drops about an inch.
  11. yay Nepenthes! A very dewy maxima lid N. x wrigleyana from Manny Herrera I don't know what I'm going to do with this raff. gigantea N. pilosa x veitchii and finally, raff, maxima, and wrigleyana all together: enjoy
  12. My thoughts are with you and I'm confident you'll have a lot of recoveries. Those highlanders can be tough as nails when it comes to enduring cold temps. A rajah could easily survive a fridge for a week, as I've heard of happening. Don't give up yet, I'm sure your burbs, rajahs, and lowii will be OK. And if they aren't... cuttings will find their way home. I haven't really seen many of your plants but from what you say they're incredible. Sympathetic, Ben
  13. I never thought of the leaf magnifying glass thing... but I've never had any burns or stress from misting at all.I don't really want to get into an argument or anything since you probably have billions of years more experience with neps than I do. All I'm saying is my neps have never shown any kind of stress from misting, not even the lowlanders. If there's one thing I've figured out about neps from the brief 2 years I've grown them, it's everyone can have a different experience growing them. The only way to figure out for sure if something works for you is to try it. incidentally, have your p
  14. you're right, it doesn't really boost the humidity for long, but I have found my plants make a lot more nectar with misting than without (and no, it wasn't just water, I checked). I don't pretend to be an expert or anything, I just mist my plants for the heck of it.