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  1. Just to add to what Nick said... It's true that most countries supporting Nepenthes are not currently major partners of the Millennium Seed Bank project (with a few exceptions - we've had N. madagascariensis in the Bank for several years), but that doesn't automatically prevent us accepting seed collections. In order for us to take seeds of any species we just need to know that they have been collected in accordance with local, national and international law. CITES only affects a couple of species, I believe, so we are mainly talking about permission from the landowner (if required) and perm
  2. Mine went crazy with basal shoots, to the point where I cut the main vine off, got 2 cuttings out of it, and the basals have now grown to the size of the original.
  3. A typo for 'fishfood flakes', maybe? Steve
  4. Crikey - you don't see 'Fiddler on the Roof' quoted very often these days. Respect Steve
  5. Most of my highland Neps are doing really well this winter - it's the first time I've had artificial lighting in the greenhouse (125W Envirolite on in the mornings and evenings to give 12 hours), and my electric heater is managing to maintain a steady 8-10C nighttime minimum. The result is pitchers and vigorous growth on all the highlanders - except N. aristolochioides In fact, it doesn't seem to have grown at all since the end of summer - no new leaves, no nothing. Is this species particularly fussy? It sits next to N. rajah, which grows incredibly slowly for me but does at least grow. B
  6. You weren't in a hurry, were you, Bruce?
  7. Here's a slightly more technical summary of the same paper: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/200...s-cpu112007.php What's that award they give out for research that proves the blindingly obvious? Just kidding - I'm sure it's a great study... Steve
  8. One of the plants at Kew is flowering too: Kew's Amorphophallus Page Steve
  9. Malifex

    Grow Lights

    I agree with Joel. I'm using a 125W Envirolite backed with a reflector to extend the day-length in my greenhouse, with good results. Steve
  10. This is a useful guide to the altitude ranges of Neps in the wild. Just a guide, though - obviously latitude has an effect, as well as a whole range of other factors: http://home.sdirekt-net.de/mwelge5/arten/nep_tab.htm I'm sure I used to have a link to an English version, but I don't have it to hand. Steve
  11. <Seed Bank hat> Actually, glassine isn't fantastic either. You really need something breathable, and glassine is actually quite impermeable to moisture. It's also (apparently) slightly acidic in reaction. Plain paper is the best thing - no static, and no 'sweating'. </Seed Bank hat>
  12. Congratulations! Excellent job... Steve
  13. Flower buds on the way on mine. Steve