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  1. "GRB Long communication, I I was still waiting for the client to confirm when to send the shipment. This case was long and with my mistake, all the money was returned immediately after the paypal dispute has been completed ("I am very sorry for this situation and complication, paypal is blocking money to you, I will refund you money, of course.regards, david") . I apologize again. It's a shame that clients only write about the problem, but they do not say that the problem was finally resolved. I find this unobjective (GRB)." The forum has been down, so I wa
  2. I've now had an email asking me to close the dispute, so that the money can be refunded. The problem now is that if I close the dispute and a refund doesn't arrive, then I can't reopen it. So I'm going to let paypal settle this - if he wants he can email paypal about issuing a refund and they will close the dispute early. I don't think I am being too cynical; the trust has gone in this sale. Too much delaying and faff - if I were the seller, I'd be mortified and would have issued a refund well before now. I wonder how long this would have went on for if I hadn't emailed? It's alread
  3. I received the following response on paypal from David: "I am very sorry for this situation and complication,paypal is blocking money to you,I will refund you money, of course.regards, david" I've now escalated to a formal claim with paypal. Glad I paid using credit card for extra protection. As far as I know paypal does not block refunds until the case is escalated to a formal claim, at which point they lock the funds until they make a decision. So his response that paypal would not let him refund me at that stage seems dishonest.
  4. I have just put in for a refund via paypal. I ordered 335Euro of plants from David for my University on the 28th February (I tried to order more, but many listed on the website were not available). I get the feeling the plants will never arrive. I have been asked to confirm my delivery address twice, and I have "confirmed" a delivery date several times only for this to pass with no word. My last email on the 1st August remains unanswered. I have ordered from David once before, with a small order around 100euros. I received quite a few free plants (some small Pinguicula and airplants) and
  5. Thanks everyone for the replies (sorry for radio silence, I moved house recently and did not have access to the internet). It is interesting to see this in other species too - and I was growing mine in very high humitidy. I've had a lot of success growing utrics in Rotho plastic containers, where they flower profusely and grow very rapidly, but it does change the leaf morphology a lot in some species (e.g. U.calicifida begins to look like U.sandersonii). None of the others have produced leaf traps so far, but I'll keep an eye out. I wonder if only certain species can do this (e.g. su
  6. Here are some photos - The first photo (6.3x mag) shows the general form as best I could snap quickly under the microscope. The second is taken at 12.5x mag and shows individual traps. I'm sure someone else has noticed this, but I was still excited to see something "new" nonetheless. -Grant
  7. Hi Folks, I wanted to ask if anyone else has noticed traps arising from the leaves in U. sp. "Hermanus"? I noticed a small row of traps in the middle of the leaves the other day. At first I thought some small stalked "animacules" (e.g like a big Stentor) had taken up residence, but under the microscope they appear to be traps. I don't think I've ever seen this on any other species of Utricularia (I'm no expert though). Is this something found in other species? Is it a character that defines U. sp."Hermanus"? I tried a quick google but didn't have much luck finding other examples
  8. I have to admit I'm not that familiar with al the T5 stuff (I use Dulux systems which nobody else seems to use ). I had a look on a UK site called Dartfrog.co.uk for a comparison and they have T5 bulbs - a 14W high efficiency 5800K biovital (UVA,UVB) 549mm bulb is £12.49. The higher the wattage the cheaper the bulbs are and they dip to around £7 for the 35W ones (although they can't ship these outside the UK). It seems your deal is rather good, although I can't tell you about the brand. On an aside, I get good results from the Dulux units (same website). They run at 55w or 80w but I onl
  9. I spoke to a few people prior to buying mine as it was reputed to be a difficult plant to culture...I have not met with success! I think it is difficult to culture in terraria, owing to the difficulty in keeping it colder (14-22C). Also: Poor spiders!
  10. Wow, you can get this actually grow? I have one in a terrarium and it is just existing day to day. Tried to keep temps low but it seems very fussy. It would be mega awesome to have this plant as ground cover however, it's very pretty when it is growing well.
  11. I use a spore of moss designed for bonsai, known as "Kyoto moss". You can buy it from www.dartfrog.co.uk amongst others. I bought a pack and have absolutely tons of spores, way more than you'd need for a 2ft tank (you could probably do 5 tanks! of this size). It tolerates warm humid conditions well and appreciates decent light levels once established. It is low growing and mat forming. I agree with above posts suggesting that Ping's and Nepthenes are not great partners. I always found my pings would rot if humidity was too high without decent airflow. Do you have any fans on the terrarium B
  12. GRB

    ID suggestions?

    Mobile - interesting. I used to flood the bottom of the container but initially it looked like the plant was struggling. Now that it's settled I'll see how it grows waterlogged :) Marcus used to culture U.graminifolia and it seems this is a good contender. [Edit = also, your specimen there is looking very good!] Actually, I forgot to mention the second plant has tuberous growths underneath the leaves - U.graminifolia have these yes? I suppose that would make a putative ID easier (d'oh!). Maik: I don't think the second is U.dichotoma as I have a culture of this growing in another portion of
  13. GRB

    ID suggestions?

    Heh, thanks - U. graminifolia is what I meant indeed. Thanks for the help, with luck they will flower and I can try a more reliable ID. I got these from a friend and many lacked labels(I think marcus just knew what they were), so I only had a growlist with which to narrow things down (unfortunately, he had lots of Utrics that all look similar at a glance!).
  14. Hi All, I have two Utrics that I'm not sure of the ID on. I think they might be U.tricolor ( or U.nephrophylla? - less sure) and U.geminifolia. No flowers unfortunately, just foliage. Utric 1: U.geminifolia? (The small round leaves are from common duckweed, the Utric is the one with elongate leaves. Utric 2: U.tricolor? U.nephrophylla? Kind regards, Grant
  15. Yeah, I like to plan ahead, these will be spring purchases :)
  16. Ah yes, I actually used to have one of these, how odd that it should slip my mind They are quite pretty plants, although the one I had never reached it's full potential and sadly passed on after about a year of average growth. I think in my new set up it should probably thrive. I actually found this website (below) which has really good photos of some interesting species. Utricularia I think I'll try hunt down U.reniformis, U.pubsecens, U.nephrophylla and U.nelumbifolia, as well as U.menziessi. The trouble I have is that I have yet to see my specimens flower, which would aid ID. I rec
  17. Hi all, I currently have a healthy 2ft terrarium with some tropical Drosera and Utricularia growing well, and am looking for suggestions for some interesting additions. I already grow some tropical Utrics (I think U.graminifolia, U.odorata, an unwell U.parthenopipes, U.nephrophila and possibly U.praelonga, if it still survives as a weed). I'm going to add U.reniformis and U.pubescens, but any other suggestions for small (preferably non invasive) and interesting Utrics would be appreciated. "Interesting" would extend to any Utrics which have foliage that does not just look like tiny blades o
  18. You can't treat any drosera "as with all the Drosera" because they differ wildly in what they require. For Scorpioides, IIRC you need to keep them warm (between 20 and 26C or so) with decent humidity all year. In winter keep them on capillary matting so they are just damp, they need a small period of rest but they don't die back, again IIRC. [Edit] Whoops! I got this species confused with Drosera paradoxa for some reason. [idiot ] D.scorpioides is a pygmy drosera. Try this link for some care advice: Drosera Gemmae
  19. Interesting, and it matches my experience with Utrics in that they are fairly bombproof. Everything seems to be recovering, with the exception of D.spatulata (gutting). Bizarrely, the D.prolifera lacks dew but looks fine and healthy, and i've added some new droseras which are dewing up well.
  20. GRB

    Weirdest Drosera?

    Hi Dave, thanks for the input :) Reminds me of the S.purperea "symbiont soup" idea, and it's probably the case with N.ampullaria. I think from what I read, it was the lower pitchers (the ones that often sprout from underneath the leaf litter and lie on the floor) that capture plant matter mostly; insect captures from these traps were low because ants could easily raid the dead insects, and the ants themselves could escape quite easily from these lower traps. Do any of your plants have upper pitchers? It would be interesting to see what animals could escape from them compared to the lower pi
  21. GRB

    Weirdest Drosera?

    Besides D.caudata and the subpopulation of D. macropylla outlined above, IIRC I read about a pygmy drosera sp. that had lost the majority of it's glands. I can't recall the species, I'll go see if I can find the record of it again. There must be more, there's been a lot of ecological talk about the costs of carnivory, and I do remember some records of plants that switch when conditions are unsuitable. I'll go read through some of my old issues of ICPS and my other old journals and see if it jogs my memory better :) Outside of Drosera, I suppose the best example is S.purperea. It is still tech
  22. GRB

    Weirdest Drosera?

    How unusual! Are these a stable form from a specific locale, or just a chance batch of mutants? It's not the first instance of reduced carnivory I've seen in CP's, but I've not seen much in Drosera.
  23. See, this was where I was confused; The D.schizandra and prolifera were recent purchases which seem to be doing really well. The spatulata's have been in the longest (about 2 months+), which is why I was surprised they lack dew. The fact that they flowered (and one is sending up another flowering scape) was also a surprise, because the lack of dew would normally have suggested they weren't happy! The coir might be the culprit (even though the utric's seem fine in it), and I decided today after posting to revamp the display and the coir has since been removed. I'll leave the plants for a few
  24. Hi All, I have some Drosera growing in a Terrarium, and some of them are not producing much dew, yet are continuing to grow seemingly happily. Temps range from 17C to 22-23C and I am using a 55W dulux lighting system (these are good growing bulbs with a decent lux output, K rating and spectrum) with fan ventilation. Substrate is a mix of coir, compost, sand and moss. I have a range of Utrics, several Drosera spatulata, D.aliciae, D.schizandra and D.prolifera. I also have a mimosa plant which appears to be flowering. Confusingly, the D.schizandra is doing well, but the prolifera is not (pe
  25. GRB

    Weirdest Drosera?

    I think this specimen also comes into this category: Drosera erythrogyne - seemingly up to 3m long stems, and with a very curiously elongated growth pattern. Does anyone here culture this species incidentally?