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  1. Amazing place, thanks for the pictures.
  2. Visited the bog again today, the sundews have started to grow:
  3. My problem is getting too many plants rather than too few (limited space for growing CPs). If any fellow CP growers in Norway want (for free) a small P. esseriana (they helpfully fill the pot without even trying to produce more plants) or P. jaumavensis leaf cuttings, feel free to contact me. (Unfortunately I don't think I can mail plants or leaf cuttings anywhere without a phytosanitary certificate.)
  4. 28 january: 18 february: 26 february: 20 march: Today: I wonder into how many plants it's dividing.
  5. Just one of many wet places. The sites are no more than 10 KM from the centrum of Oslo (as the bird flies). The forests immediately to the north and southeast of Oslo are recreation areas and largely protected.
  6. Went on a bicycle trip today, visiting two sites in the forest where P. vulgaris grows. Just like D. anglica (and most other plants in the forest) they hadn't yet started the spring growth. Overview of first site, on the side of a dirt road used for hiking and bicycling in summer, and cross-country skiing in winter (no cars). Unlike in the autumn, I managed to find the winter buds. Overview of second site, on the side of a path. (Outside the frame on the right side of the path grows D. rotundifolia; last year's flower stalks with seed capsules were visible but the hibernacula were hid
  7. Went for a walk today to a nearby bog where D. anglica and D. rotundifolia grows. It's a small and wet bog under a powerline, which has the nice side effect that trees are cleared, keeping the bog in full sun. D. anglica grows on the wettest part of the bog directly on the peat, while D. rotundifolia grows on the Sphagnum moss on the outskirts. (There may be D. x obovata as well, but I didn't know to look back in july.) No plants had started growing yet. I don't know whether that's normal or not, but the winter has been longer and colder than usual here in Oslo as well. Night temperatures st
  8. I have a Tina from Lammehaven. The label confused me as well, until I saw a Weser at the garden centre with the same label. Apparently they use the same label for the two Pinguicula they sell.
  9. I've read that cocopeat from coastal sources can contain salt - perhaps it'd be interesting to test the cocopeat using a TDS meter? I'm also interested in using cocopeat, as peat isn't sustainable and harvesting and drying my own small quantities of sphagnum moss isn't very convenient. This PDF file contains a howto on testing soil with a TDS meter: http://www.lamotte.com/pages/common/pdf/instruct/tds-5.pdf
  10. Thanks, hopefully these plants will be OK despite coming from a garden center. What kind of substrate do you use for lithops?
  11. Thanks, will try to get hold of some pumice. Will come in handy for mexican pings as well.
  12. Thanks for the reply. Do you think I should repot now, or wait until the new pair of leaves have emerged? From googling it seems that there are quite many different suggested soil mixes. I wonder if a mix of "sowing and cactus soil" (consists of peat, sand, and hen "fertilizer"), sand, perlite, vermiculite would be OK?
  13. I bought two Lithops today, wanting to get some experience growing a nifty succulent. Does anybody know which species/hybrid/cultivar this is? Also, the pot is very small and made of plastic, ~5 cm across. Considering that the pot will receive several hours of direct sunlight and that it's very easy to overwater such a small pot, would it be a good idea to move the plant (with original soil intact) into a larger, clay pot? Any help appreciated. Pictures:
  14. I think it looks like a penguin.
  15. You can find square pots on ebay.co.uk, I haven't managed to find square trays there though. Using cat litter trays sounds like a good idea, might also be worth looking for plastic food containers.
  16. Hehe, so it will be sort of a pilgrimage to the origin of the name Pinguicula. I think I will also try to look for P. leptoceras in or near canton Bern, but I'm slightly limited as I won't have a car. But then it seems one can get almost anywhere in the Swiss alps by railway. Will hopefully have pictures to post somewhere in July.
  17. Thank you. I wonder if Mount Pilatus above Lucerne is a plausible place to look. If I understand this book correctly, P. vulgaris and P. alpina grew in that area in 1866 at least. :)
  18. Hello, I'm probably visiting Switzerland (Lucerne) in the summer, and would like to look for pings in the Swiss Alps. If anybody has advice on where to look, that would be greatly appreciated. (I'm only interested in taking pictures, not plants.) John.
  19. Brilliant, sundews tall enough to compete with grass. Thanks for sharing.
  20. From http://soil.scijournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/67/4/1234 : This may also be of interest: http://scienceandsarcasm.blogspot.com/2005...-does-snow.html
  21. I visited the bog again today, to see how it looks like during the winter. It's been a nice winter so far here in Oslo; I think there was about 30 cm of snow covering the bog, insulating the plants (hibernacula) from the freezing temperatures. So far this winter temperatures have been as low as -20 degrees celsius (-3 today). I tried to take pictures approximately where I took pictures back in august. Enjoy. :) Overview of the bog, winter: Summer: English sundew area, winter: Summer: Approximately where a cluster of D. x obovata grow, winter: Summer: A tree in the for
  22. Really enjoyed the program (but it could have used butterworts :)). There was a brief glimpse of Nepenthes bicalcarata (I think) in the intro.
  23. Thanks, I will also try to not to repeat the error. Can you also suggest a more correct (yet convenient) wording? I suppose I could have asked e.g. about "winter rosette" or "winter leaves" rather than "dormancy".
  24. Thanks, useful to know that 40% humidity is sufficient. I already decreased the photo period to 15 hours, but I guess I'll gradually reduce it further now that the plants get better light.
  25. I have a fish tank with moranensis, esseriana, debbertiana, cyclosecta and gracilis x moctezumae. The tank was recently modified to replace the 2 CFLs with 2 24W T5 tubes. The temperature previously reached ~27-28C, now it goes up to ~29-30C (~84-86F). Ambient temperature is ~21-23C, unfortunately I don't have any cooler rooms to place the tank in. I'm going to try using a fan together with a fogger to cool the tank, hopefully that will work (link to a topic where this was discussed). Has anybody kept mexican pings at such high temperatures with success? Do the plants still go dormant? And