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  1. Katarina

    Ping Mystery

    Thank you all! Dave you are right, the leaves do show light purple 'rims' around the leaves, but they are pale and often not visible in my plants. How do you use orchid fertiliser on Pings; what concentration, how often and should it just be sprayed on the leaves? Thanx Fernando! Mother plant is usualy around 5 inches in diameter, and the lagest it has grown for me is 3 inches. I'v had it growing in numerous different conditions over 6 or 7 years and they never showed any significant difference in shape, color or cycle. I'm quite fond of this hybrid, it is mine and natures' small succes, kind of. :) My plan was to self polinate it but there is very little polen if any, and all of my attempts proved futile. Fortunately, they bloom prolificaly and I've had flower buds popping since January. With a little luck, there will be some seed from it. Thanx again everybody!
  2. Katarina

    Ping Mystery

    Hi everybody! Haven't posted here in a while, so here's a little something to brainstorm about. Several years ago, I bought a pretty plant with a P. sp Pachuca tag. Man who sold me the plant didn't say where he got it from, but I have an impression it is quite rare, at least under that name. The plant has a distinct seasonal cycle, it has a tight winter rosette and relatively large summer leaves, with curved rims and visible central nervature. Leaves get pale green in more intense light. It also flowers prolifically during the fall and has quite small lilac flowers. Here are some photos: To my amazement (and joy!) in december 2012 one of the flowers formed a seed pod. All of my plants were outside in the open during the warmer months, so the pollination was all natural. I've had it for 4-5 years and countless flowers before that. I sewed the 10+ seed and shortly after, 7 plants were born. And so was my greater interest in Pings. :) Long story short(er), here are the resulting plants. They are kept under lights, fed regularly with mosquito larvae and they started flowering in January 2014. All seven are in the same pot, it's a bit crowded but they seem to like it. All plants are identical. Some look different then others because of different lighting and lately, plants closest to light got more intensive redness on their leaves. P. sp Pachuca never showed any color other than shades of green. As you can see, they are all quite different from the mother plant, they are also larger with more succulent leaves. Flowers are also larger than that od P. sp Pachuca, petals are more rounded, they are more pink in color and have less pronounced purplish markings around the white ones. So, here is the question: Who is this plants' "father"? The only two other species I had at that time were P. 'Tina' and P. 'Sethos'. It seems to me that Sethos is the winner here and maybe a logical choice, which I will depict bellow. One other possibility is that Pachuca was self polinated. Is that even naturally possible? Anyway, here are some photos of the neighboring Sethos (right) and it's possible 'child', lol. So, what do you think?
  3. This is an old thread, but I have used a bale of Novobalt, and I'm preparing to buy a new one. The plants were very happy in it, while in Clasmann Baltica they were literally miserable. Mikskaar peat was also good, but here it isn't available all the time.
  4. Thank you all very much for your replies! Unfortunately, my stay in Amsterdam will be only for three days (29th, 30th April and 1st May) so I will miss all CP events. The trip is planned, so there is no possibility of postponing it. That makes me very sad, but hopefully I will be able to at least visit Leiden Botanical garden. Of course, I will also go to Amsterdam flower market and contact Gert form Extreme Plants. Does anyone happen to know his email address or contacting via form on his web site sufficient? I can see that the site wasn't updated since last year. Thank you all again!
  5. Hi! I'm planing a trip to Amsterdam this April/May. Since there is almost no CP sale in Serbia, I am hoping to buy some plants during my trip. Can anyone tell me where can I find them? Internet hasn't helped me much. Thanx in advance! Katarina
  6. Katarina

    Sarra ID

    Thank you all! I spent some time digging trough photos and they definitely do look like rubra and alata. It never came to my mind that the second plant could actually be alata, since I already have one labeled that looks very different from the one above. Here's another one. I think it resembles S. x Mitchelliana...? All photos are from 2009. Young pitcher: Older pitcher:
  7. Katarina

    Sarra ID

    Might be wherryi. Looking at photos, mine resembles them the most but variations between plants of same subspecies is amazing, and oh so confusing... Here's another plant, "sister" to the one above. When I bought them, they looked the same but by the end of last year, the second one showed much longer and slightly narrower pitchers, darker pitcher mouth, less venation and narrower ala. I still taught it was a plant from rubra complex, but I have no idea what (sub)species (or hybrid) it might be. Just a few days ago, it flowered for the first time. Here are the two plants together: And here's the other mystery plant: Thank you!
  8. Katarina

    Sarra ID

    Hello! Just like the name of the topic says, I don't know what sarracenias I have. Back when I bought most of these plants a few years ago, the lady selling them had no idea what they were. Most of my saras are about to flower and some of them already have, so my intention is to try and cross some of them (in which case it would be nice to know who is who :) ). Any help would be greatly appreciated! This one flowered last year and it is about to flower right now. To me, it resembles S. rubra...what do you think?
  9. Thank you for the advice. I spent the weekend repoting my plants, I hope they will be ok. This was the first time I did it with Sarracenia species, although I had them for 2-3 years. Here's a photo of one hybrid that is about the flower. Flowers make me happy. :)
  10. I have the same problem. My plan was to repot all Sarras on the 1st of March, but an unexpected trip forced me to delay that. Six days later, almost all of my plants had flower buds and they are growing fast. Please help!
  11. @jimfoxy, thanx! After your comment, just for fun, I took a leaf off of my Tina and placed it in a separate pot. Then I though, why not take some leaves from Pachuca and Sethos, they were flowering still and had some 'spare' leaves...so I did that, even though it was middle November. Now, a month later, my Tina is "sleeping" and the one clone that sprung out of the leaf pulling is growing nicely. Pachuca gave a bunch of plantlets, as you'll see in photos below, and P. Sethos gave one, small attempt at a plant. @gypsyjazz, I'm glad you like them. My camera is Canon S5IS. The "tatoos" on my plant are freeze-dried bloodworms. It was a sort of experiment I did after digging through this forum and the internet about feeding carnivorous plants. Results are more than satisfying, especially with Drosera species, and I'm sure they will be even better when warmer weather comes. @jimscott, thanx for the link! I found one Sarracenia in your collection that I think I have. Mine I was unable to identify till now; it looks exactly like your S. wrigleyana 'Scarlet Belle', but about it in some other topic. Here are some photos of Pinguicula primuliflora in bloom.
  12. jimscott, the leaf (or whatever it is :) ) is funnel-shaped and slightly flattened on it's side. It has glands on the inside, but the shape of the opening prevents anything from getting in. It just sits there, hidden underneath young leaves. Here are two better photos of the leaf and some fresh flowers from the same plant:
  13. Hello! :) About a month ago, I noticed an odd funell-like leaf on my P. 'Tina'. It stands on a 2cm long stalk and it is ~4cm long. Here is what it looks like (sorry for the pic quality): In the meantime, I finally found the man who grew some of my plants, and he confirmed two of them are P. 'Sethos' and P. sp Pachuca. Also, I found by digging on the internet, that Pachucas green color fades if they get a lot of sunlight, so they become yellowish. :)
  14. jimfoxy, that seems to be it. Pacucas seem to be much more common than ANPA, and everything else looks almost the same, so I'm pretty sure that's what my plant is. Here are a few photos from a few days ago. No closeup of the flower, sorry. Pinguicula 'Tina' (aka sticky salad) ...and 'Sethos' with a few leaf pullings.