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  1. What's the best time to divide the plants, are the roots likely to be entangled? (I have a pot with two Nepenthes x hookeriana).
  2. I've read that there are ways in which the trunks can be shortened. Simply cutting off part of the trunk in certain tree ferns, and in others that don't root as easily, (something to the effect of) making a cut halfway through the trunk and allowing new roots to grow before completing the cut. Speaking of volunteer ferns, there are two or three small fern sporelings in a Sarracenia pot I recently bought. Looking forward to finding out what they are.
  3. Amazing. Dreaming of being able to grow tree ferns one day. How do you make room for such huge plants, do you have a greenhouse?
  4. Just out of curiosity: I often/sometimes see ferns in the background in pictures of Nepenthes collections. I always wonder: are they intentionally cultivated, or are they weeds? (I've also seen ferns in pictures of Nepenthes in the wild, so I suppose some ferns grow in quite similar conditions.)
  5. I think you can use Nokia Ovi Suite: http://www.nokia.co.uk/support/product-support/nokia-ovi-suite
  6. What about plants listed in CITES (such as the entire Sarracenia genus)?
  7. I came across this article the other day, thought I'd share. It contains descriptions of the species found in the UK and a discussion of their ecology (including habitat and substrate): http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/Publications/PingsinUK.pdf'>http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/Publications/PingsinUK.pdf If anybody knows similar articles for other butterworts, please share. Edit: found some more on pinguicula.org: http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/Publications/
  8. Thank you, best selection I've seen so far.
  9. Ant ferns are also interesting, thanks for reminding me of wistuba.
  10. I wonder if anybody knows any webshops which offer terrarium/indoor ferns?
  11. To clarify: I've read that many Sarracenia can be grown from seed indoors for the first two to three years, to achieve adult size faster. I'm wondering if this can be done for purpurea ssp. purpurea as well, given that it grows in colder climates than the other Sarracenia. I know that they generally require a cold dormancy.
  12. Can purpurea ssp. purpurea be started and grown indoors for the first 2-3 years, as with other Sarracenia?
  13. Compared with other CP books it has less information on cultivation and specific species or cultivars, and more information on the ecology and biology of carnivorous plants. It's been a while since I read it, but I think it's a good book.
  14. As mentioned in this thread, I sowed my first Byblis liniflora seeds back in April. After four days, seven seeds had germinated (with three more seeds following within a few days). When the plants started to outgrow the terrarium, I moved them to a windowsill (without acclimatisation), where they have been growing happily since. The windowsill receives sunlight from morning to midday and bright light for the rest of the day. For me so far Byblis liniflora has been a really easy, showy, fast growing plant.
  15. Lovely plants and good pictures. Thank you for sharing.
  16. As you say, there are a lot of them in Norway and they're very easy to find, so I didn't think to look. I always enjoy seeing them though, took lots of pictures of D. anglica in Trysil yesterday.
  17. Thank you. Sadly I didn't take any pictures of the seed pod from the side.
  18. Approaching the second site. As you can see, this is a fen on the edge of a lake with a small stream passing through it. I found P. villosa on Sphagnum tussocks on the stream side (and P. vulgaris everywhere). I also found Drosera rotundifolia. Presumably there were less nutrients where it grew. Pinguicula villosa habitat. Sadly I didn't find any P. villosa plants in flower. But I did find one with a seed pod.
  19. Today I visited two fens (nutrient rich bogs) in Røros, Norway where Pinguicula villosa can be found. For those who don't know, Pinguicula villosa is a tiny butterwort found in subarctic and arctic North America and Eurasia. In Norway it's found north from from mideast Norway. It prefers Sphagnum fuscum tussocks near the tree line. (You can click on the pictures to see them in 1600x1200 resolution.) First view of the first site, around 690 meters above sea level (the tree line in Røros is at maybe 900 meters above sea level). Many Pinguicula vulgaris, just like everywhere else on these two
  20. Unfortunately, I don't think anybody can answer that with any kind of confidence unless they've tried the same size tank with the same amount of lighting. It also depends on what you want to grow, and how tall those plants get (for low-growing plants such as sundews and butterworts, you can have the plants quite close to the tubes, decreasing the amount of lighting required). I have a 0.6m aquarium with 2x 24W T5 HO tubes, there two tubes is a bit on the low side. The light in the middle of my tank is good enough, but it decreases sharply towards the edges, decreasing the available (good) gro
  21. I'm not sure how much difference there is between T5 HO and T8, but make sure to use a fixture with reflectors, or much light will be wasted. Fluorescent fixtures for aquariums can sometimes be good for growing plants as well, because they're designed with the same goal in mind, which is to direct as much light as possible downwards.
  22. Thanks for the comments. While I'm at it, here are two pictures taken in the evening two days ago. Another location with Drosera anglica and D. rotundifolia at the waters edge. No more than about 40 minutes of bicycling from where I live.
  23. I went on a bicycle trip in the forest yesterday evening, and at the edge of a small lake I noticed some fuzzy reddish light on the sphagnum at the waters edge. Sure enough, it was Drosera anglica backlit by the sun. (I've been thinking about also making the high resolution originals available when posting pictures, would that be interesting to anybody?)
  24. Great pictures, must have been an amazing trip
  25. I think there was a topic about humidifiers not too long ago. One thing discussed there worth mentioning is that it's important to regularly clean ultrasonic humidifiers. Bacteria grow in the water tank and are transported into the air with the fog.