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  1. Hello Friends, I've just returned from spending several days in the field with reknowned CP filmakers Siggi and Irmgard Hartmeyer. In a joint collaborative effort between the ICPS and the Hartmeyers, we are producing our latest conservational film which covers many hundreds of miles of CP habitats and many of the North American CP species and their status in the wild. Particularly of interest is the continued poaching of the Tate's Hell, Fl. Sarracenia leucophylla for the floral industry. We begin part two of filming in the next few days, after a much needed rest. So until then, here's a small photo sample of some of the areas covered. Stay tuned for more! Happy Growing, Brian Barnes, ICPS Director of Conservation
  2. Hello Friends, Well, it looks like Spring has sprung...in Florida at least! ;D Here's a few fast shots of my D. ascendens X schwackei in flower. A special thanks to Dani O. for letting me grow this fantastic hybrid. ;)
  3. He/she does publicly state that it is their own land. But...unfortunately, producing definitive poaching evidence may be quite difficult. I'm sending him/her a series of rather......interesting...questions. ;) I'll keep everyone posted... Brian Barnes, ICPS Director of Conservation
  4. Hello Francois, This truly is gut-wrenching news, although I do appreciate you keeping us informed. Also, I'm very pleased that this fantastic species is in cultivation and will be propagated through the Ark of Life project. Without your generosity, this plant truly would not have had any hope of possible reintroduction someday. Thanks for rescuing this one for us Socky, it is deeply appreciated. You're definitely a botanical hero of sorts... Happy Growing, Brian Barnes ICPS Director of Conservation
  5. Hello Friends, Here's a few more quick shots of one of my Heliamphora chimantensis plants. The cooler temperatures are assisting in coloring them up a little more... ;)
  6. Hello Friends, Here's a few quick shots of one of my Heliamphora sp. 'Angasima' plants, with emphasis on the nectar spoon. Please enjoy! :) Brian
  7. Hello Friends, As promised, today begins posting of the Heliamphora species within my collection. Other Heliamphora growers please feel free to post photos of said species as well if you have them! I think we can make an awesome thread by doing so... :) Happy Growing, Brian
  8. Those are looking good! Thanks for sharing them with us, Brian
  9. Nice looking plant, Ron! It's coming along nicely... Happy Growing, Brian
  10. Hey Guys, For some reason, it won't let me post photos here, so here's a link to some photos of said Heliamphora species I just put up on the ICPS Forum. http://icps.proboards.com/index.cgi?action...4484&page=1 In regards to various coloration of different species, it plays a definite role in proper species identification, especially 'in situ'. Otherwise, many species tend to look alike when grown in less than optimal conditions. Happy Growing, Brian
  11. Hello! Here's a good place to start for cultivation tips... http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=39779 Happy Growing, Brian
  12. Hey Friends, Here's a few quick shots of D. prolifera in flower. :) More of the "Three Sisters" to follow soon! Happy Growing, Brian
  13. Thanks everyone! Yes, I do believe in feeding, especially with D. schizandra as I can definitely tell the difference! Here's a few growth tips for this picky "sister"... Feeding; I use a primordial soup of sorts, consisting of crushed fresh (frozen) bloodworms mixed with a little RO water and the "soup" is applied to the leaves with an eyedropper every two weeks. The liquid is absorbed directly, without risk of mold and each leaf gets two drops of liquid only. Media; Loose live sphagnum with a little perlite. I do not allow the media to become compacted, as the roots seem to like it a bit airy. I prefer shallow, wide pots to allow surface room for plantlets to be created from the adventurious roots. This also helps to keep things cool. Watering; I've heard of some growing them wet and some folks growing them drier. Here in tropical Florida, mine respond best when the media is kept just barely damp at all times. I may water once every week or two and never saturate the compost. Just enough to keep the dampness present... and nothing more. I also grow them inside under a T5 lighting system on a red and blue spectrum bulb mix, in one of my Heliamphora chambers. Photoperiod is 12 hours with bulbs residing 12 inches or better above the plants. Humidity; 100% at all times. I grow mine in a large glass punchbowl that is covered at all times with a clear glass punchbowl. Without high 90-100% humidity, my plants begin to suffer within days. One of the biggest signs is plants whose leaves keep getting smaller and smaller, along with less dew and withered tentacles/glands. Temperatures; Winter = 60F - 73 F. They grow best in Winter for me. Summer = 72F - 78F. I never let them go above 80F at any given time. In my conditions, it doesn't work. I have to constantly think "highlander" to be successful... ; ) I also grow D. prolifera the same way with great results, although they tolerate temps above 80F much better. I hope these tips help those interested in growing this magnificent gem! Happy Growing, Brian
  14. Hello Everyone, Since most of the world is frozen now, I figured a few quick shots of my D. schizandra might warm folks up a bit.... :) So far, the largest is hitting the 6 inch (15 cm) diameter mark. Stay Warm! Brian
  15. Very nice hybrid! Traits from both parents are clearly seen...good job Stephen! Brian
  16. Hey Joe, Thanks for the kind words! We'll see what T5 red and blue spectrum bulbs do to these little gems over winter... Happy Growing, Brian
  17. Hello Friends, Yes, it is an amazing study indeed! However, it is also a well-known fact that the application of the chemical Colchicine can turn a plant into a tetraploid by doubling the chromosomes. This chemical treatment also can produce larger, more vibrantly colored flowers as well. I truly do wish that the actual identities of the said "commercial growers" as stated in the document had been revealed to us, since this was obviously the source of all of the Byblis material that was presented for the study. I'm sure that would have proved quite interesting as well. In my opinion, due to such possibility of the use of plant growth regulators such as Colchicine, GA3 and a host of others used in commercial nursery applications, the results of the study although interesting, may not hold as true if the Byblis study material had been harvested from the known Byblis populations in the wild. Happy Growing! Brian Barnes
  18. Hey Socky, Thanks! Best wishes on your continuing work as well. I plan on creating a few more Byblis hybrids soon, as the weather here in Florida now (Fall) is the "Byblis growing season" in my conditions... Also, for Heliamphora too... I know, I know....post some pictures then.... BTW, visited your web-blog via your above provided link. Good job, I like it! Happy Growing, Brian
  19. Hi Greg, Thanks. Actually, the B. rorida seed came from a long-time CP grower that lives on the west coast of Florida and the seed was almost a year old. Sadly, none of the seed you sent ever germinated. Time will tell what B X 'Medusa" does! Happy Growing, Brian
  20. Hi Isao, Absolutely stunning flowers! Thanks for sharing them with us. It looks like you have been quite busy working on your Byblis breeding program. I've been quite busy as well; Happy Growing, Brian Barnes 11/2/10.
  21. Hello Friends, At last, after repeated failures which I now relate to our extremely high Florida humidity, I've finally managed to create a successful hybrid cross between Byblis 'Goliath' and Byblis rorida. By removing the anthers from the flower and bringing them indoors where humidity was much lower (below 50% RH) it seemed to increase pollen viability. The anthers where then split with a sterile scalpel and applied with fine tweezers to the receptive stigmas. My germination rates were fair. Out of 12 seed produced within one capsule, 4 germinated and the resulting seedlings immediately showed hybrid vigor. My first attempts were made in my greenhouse and thanks to our consistant 80-100% humidity, miserably failed! I've noticed some very interesting anomalies emerging from my hybrid cross that will be further explained in the photos below. Please note that the Byblis 'Goliath' that I grow is the diploid form and not the tetraploid self-pollinatingvariant that has been recently documented. And now, time for some photos. Introducing, the first Byblis hybrid! Below are two distinct forms of the forementioned hybrid. Some interesting things happen when you cross different Byblis species... Here is one of the more normal looking variants. Traits from both parents are clearly visable in both hybrid variants. Happy Growing, Brian Barnes, 11/2/2010.
  22. Hi Greg, Excellent article, thanks for posting the link! Most interesting is the fact that Byblis filifolia has a diploid and tetraploid form. This blatently shows that the tetraploid (self-pollinating) form of Byblis filifolia could easily be mistaken as a different species of Byblis such as Byblis guehoi to the untrained eye. Especially if self-pollination is used as a main describing factor in species discernment. Until now, all forms of Byblis filifolia were considered to be diploid, i.e. needing two separate seedling clones in order to successfully cross- pollinate and successfully reproduce. Also keep in mind, that crossing a tetraploid with a diploid produce triploid offspring, which are usually sterile. This could be a major factor in the complaints we've heard regarding little to no germination of Byblis seed acquired from various well- known sources. Happy Growing! Brian Barnes
  23. Thanks for the compliments! Ooops...that's right, I forgot about the "Alba Wars" not that long ago... I guess the photo captions will leave room for change, should a Winter of strong flourescent lighting pink the tentacles up a bit. We'll see what Spring has in store... Happy Growing, Brian
  24. Hi Amar, Here's the actual cultivar registration of D. 'Emerald's Envy' from CPN with photo. http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cpn/Speci...35n1p12_13.html In all internet photo examples of the forementioned including CPN, the plants still exhibit a blush pink color at best, with pink glands being a most dominant feature. Also, the author himself states the plant as being "predominantly green", which still allows room for possibility, as far as coloration is concerned... The seeds of the said "antho-free" variety came from an isolated colony north of Carrabelle, in the Florida Panhandle and exhibit zero coloration. The seed were collected with permission, of course. Happy Growing, Brian
  25. Hello Friends, After growing this plant for quite some time now, including two years in direct sun, I can say I'm happy with the results. Here's some photos of Drosera capillaris "anthocyanin-free". The plants and flowers exhibit absolutely no coloration whatsoever despite my harsh conditions in proving it's validity. :) Happy Growing, Brian Barnes