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  1. maxxima

    Simple Pleasures

    Being always on the hunt for something rarer, something more "exotic"; I tend to forget how the easiest, cheapest, most "disposable" species can amaze and embarrass people like myself. No special treatment; all I did was to take her out of that blasted terrarium. April, 2010 June, 2011 September, 2011
  2. Hey guys! A few photos from my little collection... I have a couple more I'll be adding later. I think I have about 10 species or a struggling Edithcolea cutting. I hope it roots but it's such a small chance.
  3. Very interesting ! I didn't know cephalotus made such a big, visible amount of nectar. How big are the pitchers ? Judging by the newly forming small one I'd guess them to be about 4cm but I could be totally off.
  4. maxxima

    "Big Boy"

    Those are huge ! And here I am up in the clouds because mine is making a 4cm pitcher...
  5. Sorry to hear that, but at least you still have it which is what matters. Good luck with it.
  6. Is there a way to learn what he's using right now ? I've been happy with his mix for exactly a year now, never had any problems. It worked particularly well in winter when I didn't water my plant for 2-3 weeks. I use it for the %75 part of my pot; the top part is all live sphagnum.
  7. Ah ok, thanks for the heads up. I will definitely watch out.
  8. I also have mine sitting in water. I had to resort to this because it receives about 7-8 sunlight every day and the substrate can't keep up with the temperature even though it's Charles Brewer's mix (sphagnum + perlite mainly). It has responded very well, making 3 new mature pitchers whereas before it had only 1. I keep the water at about 3-4 cm though, nothing deep.
  9. Wonderful, any new photos of this one ? Love the colouration.
  10. What a nice find! (For me anyway) Thanks for sharing. I had opened a thread on another cp forum wondering if I should be worried about this "leaf attack" of my own plant; but it turns out that it's only a seasonal effect.
  11. maxxima

    A sick Ceph?

    Oops, wrong thread guys, sorry.
  12. Oh wow, where to begin! I love your broomensis x ordensis pot. I've never kept an ordensis but I heard it was a bit difficult! You don't seem to be having any problems :) I think my fave is your Derbyensis, looks very unique. First time I'm seeing a tokaiensis. I see there's some Utricularia in there as well. That tank is gorgeous! So inspiring. Thanks for sharing!
  13. Ah my most fave drosera for sure...I kept one 2 years go. Still makes me sorta shiver to think of all the trouble I went through, trying, experimenting...Used to put a frozen bottle in there every single night to take it out in the morning, repeated for months just for this beauty! And it still never got as beautiful as yours. I gave up after a while and let it go... Thanks for the photos!
  14. :)) I find it very amusing and cute! Personally I'd like to see it more often >(*U^)< edit: apologies to Mobile for being offtopic.
  15. Hey everyone, thank you for your input, it's wonderful to get so much feedback from more experienced growers. I'm astonished really, what's wrong with top watering and a wet crown ? Isn't this how they get wet out there in nature ? I've always top watered. And I don't even water the medium only, I also water the pitchers directly from above, getting them all thoroughly wet like it's raining heavily.
  16. Looking menacing and absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
  17. Hey everyone. Lately I've been thinking how hard it is to actually define a plant's needs, they just seem so adaptable. Take cephalotus for instance. I've always heard how troublesome and difficult it is to keep them, recommended only for experts. June, 2010 January 2011 Compared to my other CPs, I wouldn't call this a slow growth at all. I may be a bit of a radical grower but I've always treated them like a succulent; water often and in little amounts in summer, reduce watering in fall and water about once every 2-3 weeks in winter...I always kept them outside, never took them in during a frost or snow. I think they're very resilient when kept dry, just like succulents. So I'm thinking; maybe there are just basic rules to keep in mind and the rest is about "trusting" the plant ? Or have I been just lucky and it's not a good idea to keep them so dry ?