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  1. Seems to be broken now. Some sort of mysql error.
  2. linuxman


    Welcome to the forum. Enjoy.
  3. The Sx'Evendine' has a Sx'Adrian Slack' look about it. But 'Evendine' is very variable I believe. Very nice, though.
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    Is yours German by any chance? That's what I was going to do. Basically same as an ordinary Darlingtonia. It was just that Barry Rice records that Othello discovered in an area subject to snow in winter, so should they be left outside all year round? Good growing to you as well.
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    Hi, Just got my baby Othello today. I was reading up on it and Barry Rice seems to indicate it prefers lower temperatures over winter. Any body got any advice on special treatment for this cultivar? Many thanks,
  6. I knew I should have taken up my brother's offer to visit him at Kaukapakapa this Xmas Maybe next year.
  7. Hi Aaron, Hopefully you've found the information you needed from the forum archives. But just in case not, I'll give you my experiences (all 3 months of it but no dead plants yet). Compost: it has to be an open mixture - I use 50:50 live sphagnum and perlite, but a little research will show that any of the normal CP substrate work for somebody. Light: as much bright light as you can give it. During the summer months I kept my plants in the greenhouse and only this month brought the plants into the house onto a windowsill. I'm planning on adding extra lighting. Ventilation: plants must be well ventilated or you may get fungal attacks Temperature: up to 25 deg.C or so during the day. And at night you must have a temperature drop down to 10-15 deg. C. While in doors I'm opening a top window light over night until the outside temperature gets too low. Watering: while in the greenhouse I used overhead watering twice per day and allowed the excess to drain away. Now they're indoors they stand in water (about 1cm or so) which I'm monitoring closely to see how they like it. I got a tiny juvenile H.pulchella a while back and it seems to be happy under these conditions. Good luck with your growing!
  8. 329th now. What's gone wrong? Please make sure you vote everyday.
  9. What a wonderful inspiration! I've only started growing helis this years and it would be fantastic to get anywhere near your collection. I see you have many plants in flower. Do you do a pollen exchange? This may be of more interest than just me
  10. Australia's a good place for seeing things - very little light pollution in the outback. I remember seeing some wonderful night skies when I was there.
  11. linuxman


    That's what I do, but not sure it's entirely necessary. Won't do any harm though. I water morning and evening with it.
  12. Glad it's arrived at last. Good luck.
  13. 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 Good luck!
  14. Hi Dan. Welcome to the forum. You'll find many sundew experts here (not me though :-)
  15. 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.
  16. I would have thought any small insect (dead or alive) or small parts of insects would do.
  17. I like the way its an "anomaly", as though anything that's not the mean must be wrong!
  18. You lucky devil. Wouldn't mind seeing a photo when it's settled in. Regards,
  19. 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 Regards,
  20. 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,
  21. This doesn't sound like good news - and I've only just joined. At least that part of the web site is working.