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  1. Hi Mark,

    When I had one of these I often saw pitchers developing this way but often they would still grow to full size, i often thought it was where the humidity had dropped quite low for a short period of time as not all of the ones on mine developed like that, still very nice plant well done.

    Ben

    Okay that's intresting!

    Maybe it's beqause all my plant have no high humidity...

    It's a slow grower, but i think that this has too do with the small size of the plant and the fact that it's still a seedling and not a mature plant..

    Update 1-7-2012:

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  2. Thank you!

    Hello Mark,

    very nice plant! How old is it?

    Do you cultivate this species like an usual N. truncata?

    Kind regards

    Giovanni

    Hello,

    I bought this plant last year (late summer) from CZplants (see my growlist).

    Don't know exactly how old, but it is a seedling, so not too old.

    Ik keep all my plants in de windowsill at winter, and in the summer outside.

    Even my heliamphora's are standing in full sun on the rooftop in de summer, soon i will post some photo's of them to.

    Ps. i don't use a terrarium or greenhouse for any of my plants!

    I even have one nepenthes that is standing outside on de rooftop in full sun all day long :biggrin:

    mark.

    Edit:

    Photo of a new developping pitcher.

    Strange thing is that every pitcher on this plant so far, gets an opening down the lid while the plant starts to inflate.

    Just like the lid is to small, but never the less it keeps inflating and growing.

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  3. 27-3-2012

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    8-4-2012

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    13-4-2012

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    15-4-2012

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    21-4-2012

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    29-4-2012

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    26-5-2012

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    3-6-2012

    Okay, just noticed that the pitchers are slightly hairy from the outside, just like purpurea ssp. venosa only the hairs are slightly shorter.

    The strange thing is that the parent plants of my cross, don't have any hairs on the outside!

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  4. Hello,

    For about two years ago, i made a cross between a catesbaei hybride and a normal purpurea ssp. purpurea.

    The seed carrier was the purpurea.

    I now have 55 small plants and one which has grown far larger then the rest.

    Foto's

    23-5-2010

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    10-8-2010

    I decided to put the seedlings outside, but after a heavy rainstorm, all of the little plants flushes to one side:

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    4-9-2010

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    17-3-2011

    Repotted:

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    13-5-2011

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    4-6-2011

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    23-7-2011

    I kept the biggest plant appart.

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    3-8-2011

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    6-8-2011

    Repotted the other 55 plants:

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    25-8-2011

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    5-9-2011

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    9-9-2011

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  5. Hallo I bought my first cephalotus in 2008.

    28-10-2008

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    15-8-2010

    The same plant

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    I made several leaf cuttings of this plant, and they al made the same size pitchers.

    Except for one!

    This clone of the above pictured plant made traps which are almost 5CM (2inch).

    It also produces much thicker leafs and a bigger growing pont with thick stems.

    (At the right a leaf cutting from the same plant 1/2 year older, and at the left the bigger clone from a leaf cutting from the same plant):

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    Then my '' duddley watts'' small leaf cutting plant, forum Pieter (Lucifer from this forum).

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    And finally my '' Big Boy'', that i won at an ebay auction.

    16-9-2011

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    3-6-2012

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  6. Hello,

    I posted the following photos earlier on the dutch carnivora forum.

    At about the end of august 2011, i recieved a healthy darlingtonia clone forum Pieter (Lucifer from this forum).

    A photo that Pieter made, just before he send the plant:

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    1-10-2011 :

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    15-1-2012

    First repot:

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    23-3-2012

    Flower bud emerging, but plant needs a new repot again, beqause the pot is bulging out and the roots are sticking out the bottom..

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    6-4-2012

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    17/18-4-2012

    Demon looking flower:

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  7. I Want one!!! As long as the price is not to crazy. I think it looks great! Yep way out of my league! I work at a blow molding Plastic company here in NY. And I know for a fact that our engineer could get the mold custom made. If you used 50/100 h.d.p.e you could bring the price way down. and also get it in any colour you wish. Plus if you had the UV additive to the plastic it would last for many many years. Check out ConferPlastics.com. this is where I work as a Machine operator. Dave lipnarski is our engineer and he is very intelligent. A mold could make many millions of these. There would be a hole somewhere in the product but that's what plugs are for. we specialize in custom products

    Hello,

    Thank wou for your reply!

    But i think its just not possible to mold this model!

    Regards,

    Mark

  8. Thank's for the replies!

    :-)

    That looks fantastic and once you have mature plants spilling over the sides and down the spiral it will look mezmerising.

    Have you thought about a design similar to a strawberry pot where the plants have their own little "balconies" and the center of the pot contains the soil so overhead watering gives all the plants an even amount of water?

    As technology becomes more mainstream and the printing of objects becomes more easily available to everyone this type of "designer" pot will become cheap and easily available I'm sure growing cephs this way will become easy for the average grower as pot designs are easier and cheaper to create.

    I find that hand watering my cephs overhead in a pot which allows the water to flow through the pot gives my cephs a chance to grow well with plenty of water and oxygen flowing past their roots.

    This year I have at least 15-20 seedlings poping up and I currently have around 15 flower spikes coming up in our Australian spring with more flower spikes emerging all the time so every year I look forward to experimenting with conditions to see what is most favourable for my ceph growing.

    Good luck with your designs and I look forward to reading your next report on how your early desing is progressing.

    Kind regards,

    Dave.

    Hello Dave,

    That's a great idea!

    Maybe i will incorperate this in the next design...

    Hello! Good idea and congratulations on actually doing it! Most of my plans remain as...just plans :P

    Honestly, I am thinking the current spiral design is too distracting and the white color adds to that as well. While cephalotus is a very attractive plant and there are 15 of them there, they didn't grab my attention at all. Maybe hide the design partly by LFS or just pick a different color? I dunno, just some ideas of mine.

    Thanks for sharing!

    When printing this size only the white colour is available, at the moment...

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    I designed a new and fully improved version 2.0 of the plant container for sale!

    It's not cheap, and i think that for many people its just too expensive..

    But who knows, maybe i will get allot cheaper in the future just as Dave mentioned!

    Improvements:

    -This container is designed for top-watering, by a funnel at the top in the centertube.

    The water is than running down de spiral trough the substrate and at the end it flows back in de centertube.

    Then it leaks out in the saucer.

    The excess water in the saucer will be sucked up by capillary action by the downtube under the spiral.

    With model version 1.0, my intentention was that by capillary action is that you don't have to top-water the container..

    But experience shows that the lower part stays significantly wetter than the upper part.

    So this model wil fix that problem

    -The model has a built-on saucer

    -This model is more than twice as strong than model 1.0

    The minimum wall thickness is 1.0mm instead of 0.5.

    Also the built-on sqaure saucer ads allot of extra strength in de botom and the two extra pilars under the spiral ads allot of stiffness the the container.

    You don't have to paint it with polyester resign beqause its strong enough

    Here you can buy the model:

    http://www.shapeways.com/shops/marksdesigns

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    Greetings,

    Mark

  9. How much does one spiral plant container cost?

    Hello,

    As soon as i have some spare time, i will design a slightly thicker (and a little modified) model, that you not have to put in polyester for more strength...

    Then i will send this to shapeways and then i know the exact costs, and put it it the shapeways shop so that people can buy it! :thumbsup:

  10. Hello,

    Thank's for the reply's!

    This model is just a prototype and pure for the hobby.

    But who know's, if this method will work well then maybe i can sell the model via shapeways.com.

    But then a 'thicker' model, that don't need a layer of polyester resign.

    Unfortunately that will cost a lot of money.

    So don't now if anyone wan't to buy this.....

    But it seems that the lower part of the container, stays wetter then the upper part...

    I yet can not tell if it works properly, beqause the first few weeks i will water the plants from the top also; so they can adjust from the transplant..

    A very nice design and should look spectacular when the Cephalotus fill out :smile: I dread to think how much the 3D resin model cost though. Last time I used this technology, which admittedly was a number of years ago, it was very expensive. You're clearly an Engineer, judging by the turned stainless steel 'planter' in one of the pictures.

    Indeed, it's still not cheap, that's why i designed it as thin as possible!

    And yes i'm a cnc turner! :thumbsup:

    Ps.

    I'll post an update once I know more..

  11. Hello,

    I'm Mark from the Netherlands and a have a lot of Cephalotus leaf cuttings and not enough space :confused:

    So I decided to design a spiral plant container!

    I designed this with Inventor (a 3D drawing program).

    I sent the model to shapeways.com and let it print out in 3D.

    Overall wall thickness = 0.5mm.

    Height = 386mm

    Diameter = Ø190mm

    This had just gone well, as it turned out 0.7mm wall thickness is actually the minimum allowable size to be...

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    Despite the thin wall thickness, it is relatively rigid.

    But I want the thing to put in polyester resin and hope that it will be a lot stronger (and smoother).

    I had deliberately kept this minimum thickness because you paid for the volume and otherwise is became very expensive.

    The thing weighs only 120 grams: wink:

    Here some pictures of how i recieved the model:

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    Update with the (15)plants in it :man_in_love:

    Now its (finally) in the polyester resin and feels a lot stronger!

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    Regards,

    Mark