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  1. Is it working for you yet? Clicking the box at the bottom of the screen brings up the text editor for me, at least in Firefox and Chrome.
  2. Thanks a lot ... it worked!
  3. I was trying to update my profile today, but failed. I clicked on "Edit my Profile" on my member page, then on the "Profile Information: Edit my About Me page" link, but after I edited the profile text and clicked on "Finish and Save", I got an "Oops! Something went wrong!" message, saying that "One of the fields you filled in requires values in a specific format, but the value you supplied did not meet this format ('Website URL')". Does anyone know what exactly I'm needing to do here? I only wanted to change a little of the text in my profile.
  4. I don't have any information to add to what you doubtless already know, but Lantau would probably be your best bet. I did see Drosera there a couple of decades ago, but that was before I got into the hobby so I don't know which species they were. Sunset Peak has D. oblanceolata near the summit, and there are populations of D. spatulata on the island too. D.peltata would be the one I'd want to see, but I'm not sure where that grows. Good luck, and post some photos afterwards!
  5. Hello Jess, welcome to the forum. Look forward to seeing pictures ... sounds like quite a comprehensive setup.
  6. numpty

    Not again!

    A straw inside the pitchers ... good idea. I ended up plugging the mouths last year, but never thought about providing a ladder on the inside. I'll give it a go!
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    Not again!

    After recently trimming last season's pitchers I found the remains of yet more corpses. That made at least five geckos killed last year. So I've decided to cut my collection of Sarrs back and put the remaining plants in a bog planter surrounded by a moat of water. I'll see if it works, though the local geckos are pretty good at leaping ... if they really want to get to the plants they might still be able to reach them. At that point I might have to put the planter in the middle of a child's paddling pool or something.
  8. Merry Christmas! I wonder if anyone was lucky enough to get a present of a sought-after plant ...
  9. As above, it would help to know the temperature ranges. How cold do nights get in general, and in the cool season in particular? Does the dry season coincide with the cool season or the hot, or is it more complex than that? Standard tissue culture hybrids like ventrata and miranda should do well for you. Because they're so common, nobody gets too excited about them, but they can be quite showy nonetheless. Others will no doubt chime in with suggestions more suitable for your climate. Here in Taiwan, temperatures and humidity swing wildly from one extreme to the other over the course of the year, and even over the course of a week. Some species/clones adapt well, while others just sit there doing nothing year after year, or slowly wither away.
  10. numpty

    from Uganda

    Hi there. Welcome to the forum!
  11. numpty

    Not again!

    Some Neps lost their growing points, but the main casualty was a tray of pots containing dormant Drosera tubers; upended all over the patio. Managed to find a couple of D. menziesii tubers, but with wind and rain lashing everything around I gave up searching pretty quickly, as you can imagine. Tubers look like grit at the best of times. The Sarracenia will survive, and with any luck so will a few more of the geckos!
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    Not again!

    So, looks like Typhoon Dujuan took care of most of my mature pitchers. That should help out the geckos, not to mention the flies, wasps and beetles!
  13. I'm sure fish flakes usually come with about the same ingredients. I'm afraid I can't remember which brand I used. The curling of Drosera leaves is to maximise contact with the prey item. In my experience it usually happens for larger flies; it would presumably be an unecessarily large energy output to curl around something tiny like a fruit fly.
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    Not again!

    Yes, I could, but that would involve some DIY which I just don't have the time for at the moment. It would also make the patio a bit uglier, and I already struggle to justify the mess of plants to my other half. I wonder if netting might also cause a small amount of heat build-up as well ... that's something I want to prevent when temperatures in the sun are already in the high-50s. Finally, some of the baby geckos are tiny and might still get through netting. That said, it's something I'll have to try to experiment with next year. Maybe also a large moat of water surrounding the plants!
  15. Though I never kept them, I should think that D. hydei will still be a prolific wanderer. I don't want to make it sound like they're impossible to handle though! Plenty of people keep them for dart frogs and the like. You'll get the hang of it if you want to stick with them. I did feed spare fruit flies to some of my Drosera back in the day, but I had pretty dense carpets of D. spatulata, burmannii, adelae and some pygmies, so just sprinkled them on. The leaves of D. capensis are a bit sparser. You could certainly transfer them with tweezers, though it would be a bit labour-intensive. As I mentioned, you might find fish flakes an easier alternative in the long run if you really want to feed Drosera. As for how many insects a plant actually needs, that's a difficult question. Outside on the patio, my Drosera will get a steady sprinkling of gnats and flies. No idea the exact number though ... two or three small flies on each leaf every week? My experience is that it's more important for seedlings to be fed ... I've had baby Drosera waste away in the absence of food. Good luck!
  16. Should just add to that last post - and it's probably obvious - don't chill the whole fruit fly culture, just the few you've tipped out as feeders. I think I kept D. melanogaster (the smaller of the two common flightless species) and they can get everywhere if you're not careful ... so be ready to get the lids on quickly when you're removing some!
  17. You don't need to feed very often at all, though new growers with few plants tend to enjoy watching them eat! It's more like giving vitamin supplements, really. If you've given your VFT a couple of medium-sized mealworms, that should be enough to last a good while ... perhaps until dormancy. Same for Drosera: a scattering of fruit flies every month would be fine, in my opinion. Watch the fruit flies though ... they can be a little difficult to control. Perhaps chill them in the fridge for a minute or two before sprinking on the Drosera.
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    Not again!

    After another gecko death, in distressing circumstances, I decided to try to to put a stop to the carnage. Luckily I don't have too many Sarracenia!
  19. Hi there, and welcome to the forum. You'll probably find that the sunny windowsill is able to deliver enough light for the plants without the grow light, but extra light can be useful for some plants in the depth of winter. You'll no doubt know this, but Dionaea go dormant over winter. Photoperiod is a big trigger, but you might want to let it experience a dip in temperatures to trigger dormancy too. That said, mine slow down and go dormant with temperatures of well over 15C ... shorter daylight hours and decreased watering seem to be enough. I keep mealworms for my amphibians, and the fridge method should work fine. You could also keep some separated as a breeding colony ... they're pretty low-maintenance. However, you'll probably find that, given VFT's limited appetite, you have way too many mealworms at any given time. Same with the Drosera: fruit flies are probably not worth the effort. It should be able to catch small flies by itself, or you could put it outside in a sunny location until the weather cools down. If you really want to feed Drosera, fish flakes and the like usually work well, and aren't as fiddly or smelly as Drosophila cultures. Good luck!
  20. I don't know which reputable CP nursery supplied yours, but I questioned a reputable UK CP nursery a while back about a very dark sanguinea. The response was that sanguinea is a very variable plant, and this particular specimen originally came from the Cameron Highlands, where red, green and almost black plants can be found. He conceded that ramispina (and macfarlanei) grow in the same area, so conceded the possibility of a natural hybrid, but there was no talk of a man-made hybrid with ventricosa.
  21. Always nice to see carnivorous plant videos on Youtube. (Not that I'm looking to tidy up my Sarracenia though ... despite their wretched appearance I just can't seem to find the time.)
  22. numpty

    Not again!

    I was also a bit surprised by that. Apparently their feet have so many tiny "bristles" that they're able to take advantage of the (usually miniscule) attraction between molecules, which allows them to cling to most surfaces. But for some reason they can't grip onto the inside of a pitcher. Maybe the covering of hair on the inside of a pitcher means the gecko's feet aren't able to contact enough surface area to take advantage of the molecular forces. Maybe something more subtle. Or more obvious.
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    Not again!

    A couple of years ago I had problems with my Sarracenia eating some of the geckos that live in the nooks and crannies on my patio. As for as I know there were no fatalities last year, but then just recently I noticed a couple more casualties. I don't have a problem with invertebrates falling victim to my CPs, but I have a hard time knowing that they're (and I'm ) killing off lizards. I keep pet amphibians, which I'm attached to, and on a purely intuitive level I'd put lizards a notch or two above frogs on the EQ scale. Smells terrible too. Time to start stuffing the Sarracenias' mouths with cotton wool or something. Gecko (and feeding flies) inside Sarracenia alata Sarracenia leucophylla with recently deceased gecko
  24. It does have that reputation, but it's not a good grower in tropical conditions. Every year, when the hot weather arrives here, my D. capensis go into decline. I can keep them going by bringing them into the A/C at night (25-26C), but any that I leave outdoors overnight (>30C) die back to the roots. They usually grow back between autumn and spring when the temperatures are more moderate, but for four or five months every year I'm left with either miniscule pale leaves or tangles of black string.
  25. I'm pretty sure it'll prove to be the heat. I've found D. capensis to be my weakest grower in hot weather. Often it'll die back completely when most other Drosera are doing fine. Some others die back, or just die (e.g. adelae), but with them it's usually a gradual process. With capensis in my conditions it's almost an immediate reaction.