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  1. For what it's worth, this is a division of a plant of mine, acquired from PJ Plants (ex Marston Exotics ? as I understood). My parent plant is considerably redder however - perhaps it is just taking time to redden up after root disturbance.

    I will post photos of the parent plant thsi evening as well.

  2. Loads of light is needed, unlike a lot of more typical lowlanders. And don't let it get too waterlogged, although it wants to be moist. It's a cliff-dweller. I have killed one plant by keeping it in a shady tank (an experiment), and it has done best for me with direct sun on it for part of the day.

    Otherwise it's not as fussy about temps like "true" lowlanders. Warm-intermediate is probably more like it. But for sure don't let it get too cool, or lower the humidity too much. Stuffy conditions don't seem to bother it as much as I thought they might.

    But others will have had different experience, and will prob chime in with that.

    Best wishes.

  3. I sowed seed on the surface of wet peat in an undrained dish with a trasparent cover on it and kept it somewhere bright (out of direct sun). Fresh seed comes up easily and fairly quickly, but germination continued for several months after the first seed came up.

    They flowered their second year for me.

    I don't think there any special time of year for sowing.

  4. Those cyps that come from acidic conditions still don't thrive in bog conditions in cultivation. C. acaule can grow on bog margins in the wild, but it usdually rapidly rots when this is tried in cultivation. Plants like C. guttatum need constant moving fresh water through its roots, making bog gardening unlikely to succeed. In general, it's true that no cyps will succeed in a bog garden. If anyone knows different from experience, it would be great to be corrected.

    Marsh orchids (Dactylorhiza incarnata and allied species) are also unlikely to succeed. They come from alkaline marshes in the wild. The heath/bog Dactylorhiza maculata might succeed, but I lost a plant I tried out in mine (though it does fine a pot standing with all my CPs). If the bog media is not too acidic, then you can grow some Epipactis in it. I grow E. palustris and E. Sabine quite happily in my bog barrel, despite the fact that they grow in alkaline conditions in the wild.

    Other bog/acid-growing orchids worth a shot are Pogonia ophiglossoides (may not be totally hardy), Spiranthes aestivalis and Dactylorhiza sphagnicola. But to be fair, when you can have a beautiful carpet of pinguicula grandiflora, who needs non-CPs? :wink:

    Typha minima (miniature bullrush) can be good, but I find it a bit invasive. I would imagine blueberries would work ok, but don't let them create too much shade.


  5. I grew it a few years ago for around 5 years. It seemed to have a yellowish tint to the leaves and pitchers as normal. I didn't notice any particular water requirements. I found it a bit tricky to overwinter though! I think its demise was trying to keep it too cool. If I try again I will place it with my intermediates.

  6. I find I often have problems with fruit set early in the season, with the same problem happening to me. Plants seem to do better for me when summer is really flying along properly. Perhaps the nights are a bit cool?

    Then again, I wouldn't have thought it as much of an issue where you are....

  7. By my "reasonably happy" on a windowsill, I mean it grows new leaves, they look healthy, each leaf is larger than the last, each leaf produces a pitcher, larger than the last. Growth is not rocketspeed, but as fast as other similar neps. About a new leaf each month. Mine is still a young plant.

  8. I don't know how to say all this without the risk of causing offence... No, bears and wolves are not that kind of threat. Their hatred is mythologised in South East Europe, and they are demonised, for no good reason. Well, probably to do with livestock losses. But its so culturally entrenched now. I would be prepared to say that the instances you gave are probably in fact not true. Urban legends. Embellishments of otehr events. The cultural attitudes towards these animals make it very unreliable to believe what the local people tell you, and hard statistics backed up by real report do not generally back them up.

    In the Carpathians, where there are many times more wolves than in the Bosnia, there has been one *substantiated* wolf attack on a human in the last 50 years, and this was due to direct provocation (see the articles below). There are only a few hundred wolves in all of Bosnia, and the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe tells us how hard it is to encounter wolves (http://www.lcie.org) in the region. This is their factsheets about bears in the region:


    These two articles might be of interest too:



    The most interesting fact is how many hundreds more people are shot by hunters out hunting wolves than who ever encounter the animals themselves.

    Sadly no orchid photos! I tend to visit the region at the wrong times of year, and my "travelling" camera is not suitable for plant photography (it is no use less than around 6 feet away, and most plants are then too small in the frame!).

    With best wishes.

  9. Wolves and bears occur in comparatively small numbers in these countries now, and they also usually avoid humans. I wouldn't worry about that aspect of travel in the two countries at all.

    The problem in Bosnia is one of infrastructure. The country is exceedingly mountainous, and landmine clearance is not complete. To get very much off the beaten track, you could do worse than look into the excursions put on by these people, some of which look really rather good: http://www.greenvisions.ba

    As for Montenegro, I spent a while in the Durmitor National Park, and pottering around the coast, but failed to notice any CPs there (plenty of nice wild orchids though!). I expect that around Lake Skadar has a better variety of suitable areas. I would be willing to place money on there being utricularia and drosera species around the Lake margins, and I believe it is also one of the surviving European habitats of Aldrovanda.

    The issue of habitat is the problem. As far as I know, most European CPs favour acidic bog-type conditions. The limestone and karst of the Dinaric alps and inland from there means there is almost no peat bog habitat. The most likely CPs would be Pinguicula.

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