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  1. Wistuba Update; IT'S HERE!!. :wacko1: ......It's finally here...My long awaited Heliamphora Heterodoxa x Ionasii....It's a big seedling, and it looks healthy...I can imagine when this plant is mature, it would look like a monster Heli...Thanks Andreas....


    Glad it's arrived at last. Good luck.

  2. Thanks for the advice guys I did gently re pot as on further inspection the current substrate was all mushy and looked really old and smelly upon re potting I discoverd that one had no roots whatsoever and one had a tiny couple of roots and I mean tiny, what are the chances for these plants and what has happened to the roots have they rotted away?

    In all honesty the one with tiny roots looks better after only a day of re potting but this cant be right tiny tiny roots for a mature heli and no roots on the other.

    I am no expert on these plants so im not really sure what a helis root system is susposed to be like but I think I know this is not healthy and is probably the reason for the plants decline and pitchers all dying but why or how has this happened.

    The roots on helis are brittle and can easily break. Not had this happen to me, fortunately, but Slack recommends treating a rhizome without roots like a cutting. To quote from his book: "..potting it but placing under a propagating dome. Place in a good light, but protected from direct sun. After six weeks it should have rooted, and a little air should be admitted by propping one side of the propagator cover..."

    Make sure you use a good open substrate. I use 50:50 sphagnum moss and perlite, but everyone has a different recipe :ohmy: Good luck!

  3. I have tried this once but didn't have any luck, maybe i did it to late in the year,

    It was the first time I'd tried this method, so maybe I was just lucky. The advantage to me is you don't have to dig up the plant to divide the rhizome and disturb the roots. The new growing points can be split off when new growth starts to appear in the spring and the plant is re-potted.

  4. I suspect the truth will be a lot less dramatic lol!

    Interestingly, the CET line of best fit for our shores shows it has actually started cooling over the last few years:


    Has the hockey stick graph now peaked? Interesting how nobody in the media has mentioned this. Also interesting that the rate of warming between 1818 and 1830 and 1890 to 1900 is not that much less remarkable than that of 1982 - 2000.

    Obviously we'll need another 5 years or so to see if the trend continues towards cooling in the UK.

    I like the way its an "anomaly", as though anything that's not the mean must be wrong!

  5. Hi,

    I re-started collecting CPs earlier this year after a gap of 10 - 15 years or so. In May I bought half a dozen Sarracenias from Matthew Soper to get my collection going. Also, to refresh my somewhat limited knowledge, I immediately bought 3 books : Slack, d'Amato and Rice. Having Sarracenia I was interested in all methods of propagation but especially in rhizome notching, which was a new technique to me. Well, the leuco I got in May was showing sluggish growth so I thought this was a good candidate on which to try notching. I've been documenting progress with photgraphs which are shown below. I'm sure all you experienced and expert growers have been doing this for years so will find nothing new here. However, it's been interesting for me and hopefully other newbies will find my experiences helpful.

    The documented process is as follows: clear the soil away either side of the rhizome, then with a sharp knife cut into the rhizome about half-way. The notch must be V-shaped and not just a single cut (I sprayed fungicide in the cut to be on the safe side). Then wait and new growth points should appear on the old rhizome and ultimately produce roots. Each crown can then be detached and potted up as a new plant.

    I didn't start the experiment until 31 July which may turn out to be a little late in the year. Its quite possible if the recent weather had been warmer growth could have been more impressive. The task now is to ensure they survive through the winter.

    Day 16


    Day 22


    Day 30


    Day 38


    Day 44


    Day 51



  6. Hi,

    I have a 11 year old nephew living in NZ. Last Christmas when I visited I noticed he had a vft on the windowsill. So I've been thinking some more CPs would make a good Christmas present for him this year. It would need to be something easy, maybe even some native species, and also maybe a book on CP growing suitable for his age group. Obviously being in the UK I can't send plants from here so can any one recommend a good NZ nursery or CP grower that could supply these? He lives at Kaukapakapa NW of Auckland.

    Many thanks,

  7. Got some free drosera with a sarracenia I bought months ago and potted them up separately. Just noticed this flower in the pot. Sorry the image is not very good but it's quite a pretty flower, though rather small at only a few mm across,and this picture doesn't do it justice (shows how eyes (even mine) are better than cameras). It seems to come straight from the moss, ie I can't see any leaves of a plant. Looks like there are others there as well (the bulbous shapes on the end of stalks). Any ideas?


  8. I'm hopefully getting my first Heliamphora next week from Extreme Plants (thanks Gert). I'll be starting with juvenile H. x heterodoxa x minor and H. nutans.

    Well, they've arrived and I've potted them up. I think they look good, Gert has done me proud. Here's some pictures:

    H. heterodoxa x minor


    H. nutans


    Both together


    Let's hope I can keep them alive :D


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