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  1. Hi Neil, I've a N. Ven x Max and N. Spat x Max both coming into flower at the moment. You may want to keep your hybrid to simple crosses, but if not, these should be available shortly if the timing works.
  2. Ben

    heater failed

    Hi Julian, This must be every Nep grower's worst fear. I too am currently relying on electric. We have had two power outages since we moved house in August but fortunately neither was on frosty nights. I am nervous for the rest of the winter, but until I can get a proper greenhouse set up, I have no choice. I hope your plants make a speedy recovery. All the best.
  3. I kept mine in the greenhouse with my other highlanders last winter (min 8 to 10C). It survived - but it lost all its leaves and it is now only just getting going again. So I'd say that as lowlanders go its pretty tough and will survive pretty harsh conditions, but it you want to keep it happy (which should be all of our's aim), then keep it nice and warm. Mines on my study windowsill for this winter.
  4. I know its not the rarest, but if you have a flowering female Nep and want some pollen, let me know. I'll send it out for an SAE
  5. I agree with the tip about leaving the laban rata overnight resthouse for the summit a bit later. We set off at 4am and walked in torrential and freezing rain. About half way between the laban rata and the summit we were all shepherded in the dark into storm shelters. There were about 80 people and we couldn't fit in the shelters so agreed with our guide to keep walking. We understand that because of the weather only 15 people made it to the summit that morning (the rest got cold waiting in the storm shelters and turned back). However we reached the top in thick cloud and heavy rain - so much for dawn on the roof of Borneo! We took quick photos and set off back down. By about 8am the sun was shining and it was a lovely day. If we had waited we would have had some views from the top. Still it was well worth the trip. We went in 1996 so things may have changed a bit but we did the detour for the lowii by the pylon as mentioned by Richard. At that time it was looking good and healthy! We also saw lots of tentaculata and some very impressive N. x kinabaluensis (N. rajah x villosa) on another detour. Other great places to visit in Sabah include the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, the bat caves and the proboscis monkeys which we went to see. Lots of Orangs at the sanctuary at feeding time and also (for Hen) a good place to see alocasia robusta. There is also a Rafflesia centre at Tenom and also it is possible to see Rafflesia at Poring I believe. Sepilok is near Sandakan which is on the east coast of Sabah so another benefit of this trip is that you can get a great flight over the summit of Mt Kinabalu! There was a post on this subject a few weeks ago http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/viewtopic.p...ighlight=poring.
  6. My byblis liniflora grow exclusively in my greenhouse with no special attention for humidity etc.. Currently the pot has a few seedlings in which germinated about a week ago. Hopefully they will put on strong growth through the summer, flower and set seed ready for next year. I find that the plants keep growing through the winter till about February when the last one usually finally croaks. But by then they are very long woody and straggly anyway.
  7. Phil, No idea whether you can save your plants or not. However, personally my experience has been the opposite of Aidan's. When I grew my adelae in a terrarium they invariably rotted. I now keep mine in the greenhouse. Some get full sun and the leaves turn quite red, others are under staging and cooler and stay a pale green. Desparate times call for desparate measures, if your plant is not happy under cover how about taking the cover off and putting it somewhere a little more airy? btw, d. adelae does have a habit of dying back from time to time for no apparent reason. It usually resprouts from the roots though. So this might also happen to yours. I've never noticed any relationship between flowering and die back though.
  8. Ben

    Keeping Gibba

    Andrew, If you have other CP growing in water trays, then these are a great place to introduce a bit of U.gibba. It'll soon spread and produce nice yellow flowers.
  9. Ben

    Spat x Max uppers

    Hi James, nice to see it vining, is this the one which flowered? If so did you sort out a mate and get any seed?
  10. Ben

    spat x max

    Julian, I always look at the piccies but rarely get around to commenting. They're great to see though. Oh, and I can't wait until my spat x max grows up a bit as its not yet doing 30cm pitchers!!!
  11. Hi Manders, Don't Panic! I got mine in the auction and non have germinated yet and I take it from the absence of any posts from the other auction winners that others haven't either. If they're fresh, I'm sure we'll all get a reasonable crop, it just takes a little time.
  12. Bill, I take it you have seen Peter D'Amato's article here: http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cpn/sampl...294SlackPot.htm Germination and potting on worked ok for me but I still killed my seedlings later on
  13. Looks like N. x Coccinea to me...
  14. Hi Giuseppe, Healthly looking plant you have there. Julian's (chesara) picture which I was thinking of is on this thread: http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/viewtopic.p...;highlight=spat
  15. Another good compromise, if you like the look of N. spathulata but are a bit worried about whether you can give it the conditions would by to go for a spathulata based hybrid. As Dustin said, maxima is a good easy plant so something like a N. spat x max would be great. There were some pictures of this hybrid on the photos forum a bit back (Chesera I think). I also grow this hybrid and would strongly recommend it.