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  1. I heard from someone that all current available clones are supposedly male. Is there any truth in that or is is just hearsay? The chap himself didn't know for sure so I thought I'd ask here. I ask because I was thinking about getting a pair and hoping with a lot of luck to get a breeding pair going.
  2. with some of the storms I have been wondering if I'd take a lightning strike there but no, my room is right above the kitchen and it's usually the warmest in the house
  3. I recommend N. truncata, N, fusca and N. bokorensis, I grow all of these on my windowsill maxima is another worth a try. if you can get truncata going then a robcantleyi, though expensive makes a fine, sturdy addition to any collection. it will keep soldiering on through fair weather and foul alike.
  4. Aside from the fact it isn't what you wanted it is quite a nice looking plan there dimi though I'm afraid I don't have a clue what it is
  5. This is why I don't trust eBay, too many con artists out there
  6. I reckon truncata and it's close cousin robcantleyi are easily the most tolerant plants in the genus, in my experience robcantleyi even outdoes the bombproof x ventrata for sheer tenacity. it's the only nep on my windowsill that keeps growing all year round, I only just got a truncata but it looks to be following its cousin's nature pretty well.
  7. well I'm a coffee believer as it were, my fusca was looking rather miserable, growing slowly and not pitchering, one blast of coffee a few months ago got it going and it hasn't stopped since it just produced this:
  8. bit of an update on the robcantleyi front: I've had the plant for nearly 10 months now and it has proved it's self a slow but relentless grower, putting out leaf after pitcher after leaf after pitcher. it was the only nep I have that never missed a beat over winter when everything else slowed right down.it's just opened it's latest pitcher a day or two ago shot from above: and another of it's newest pitcher
  9. haha as to the question of the thread, mealworms are AOK in my books, though they are a bit big for smaller plants so I tend to favour bloodworms crumbled into the pitchers instead.
  10. I for one really advocate coffee as a fertiliser for nepenthes- it's worked wonders for a tricksy fusca I have so go for it!
  11. I've had good results previously with my x ventrata and coffee but I was wary of trying with a less "bombproof" plant. definitely glad I did though.
  12. and they say the govt. isnt corrupt...by who's standards? russias? burmas? I don't see the point in prohibition, I really don't. it just criminalises whole segments of the population for no good reason. people like heroin addicts are to be pitied, not abused and incarcerated.
  13. I wouldn't fancy such a heavy mix as 50:50 peat perlite for nepenthes. For me It needs to be lighter than that ideally.
  14. a loose mix of orchid bark and perlite and milled sphagnum. I buy it ready mixed from south west carnivorous plants it works well for me but I've always wanted to try live sphag
  15. I have the devils own job finding sphagnum moss myself. usually I only ever get it wrapped around the roots of plats I've bought. as for other suggestions, bokorensis is (I find) easy peasy to grow, maxima and to an extent truncata also have reputations for being good beginners plants. bit of a left field suggestion but boschiana might work out for you. I got recommended it when I was first starting out. still haven't got one though
  16. you are right in thinking that all neps are CITES listed. most are appendix 2 with a few 1's in there too. as for webshops, I think wistuba would be your best bet for nepenthes yeah. and heli's too if you ever take a fancy to them. I have wondered about these restrictions sometimes myself and I wonder if you could route the parcel through say luxembourg (to pick at random), so it looks like it came from there and thus avoid the extra paperwork?
  17. I've ordered from carnivoria before and will vouch for them happily, my personal reccomendation is for http://carnisana.pl/ though. fab plants dirt cheap prices and the bloke who runs it couldn't be nicer if he tried.
  18. I agree. I'd also quite like to see more of an emphasis on other genuses of CP in showing too. the sarras always get all the fun.
  19. I have a pair of plants, one is coming round I think, it's got some pitchers on the way and a healthy basal but the other just will not behave no matter how much I coddle it or neglect it or do whatever with .
  20. Rebecca Soper has been nothing but a nightmare for me personally
  21. Well my personal reccomendations are either robcantleyi if you're a big spender, its slow but steady and reliable or if your pockets aren't that deep then fusca. Its an often overlooked species IMO, I've found that if you keep it well fed it'll grow fairly quickly.
  22. I bet your tank is a bit more polished than my rough and ready design I like kuchingensis- it has lovely squat pitchers. i just hope mine looks as nice as yours one day
  23. Sorry if I was a bit grumpy with you,bad day at the office for me and sarcasm doesn't travel well on the net. I'd genuinely love to be proved wrong here, literally every GC 'alata' a new person has posted since I've been here has been a x ventrata in reality which is the reason for my simian sceptiscism. As for bothering us with questions do feel free to do it again, asking questions is how we learn new things so even if it is a 'silly' question, ask away
  24. seeing as my attempt at humour went straight over your head I think I'd better. It's widely known that all over europe x ventrata gets systematically mislabelled by the nurseries that mass produce these plants for garden centres as alata, hence my scepicism. hell my own ventrata was sold as alata