North West Neps

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  1. I've just changed my default my search engine. Please consider making the switch too https://info.ecosia.org/what
  2. In the past 2 years, i must've accidentally dropped at least 3 young plants in the 5cm-10cm diameter range, breaking their growing tip off. Everyone of them have put out at least two branch points (although no basals) as means of a survival mechanism. I'm tempted to snip the grow tip off all young plants in future ! I'll take some photos tomorrow. Bare in mind not all nepenthes branch or basal readily. What species/hybrids are you talking about ? Ventricosa and ventricosa hybrids love sprouting branches easily.
  3. Superb ! I look forward to your future paintings. Any idea what species you're going to work on next ? And will you do requests ?
  4. I drop them in my pitchers, they think they're getting osmocote pellets
  5. Wrap the video url in the [youtube] and [/youtube] tags.
  6. Maybe it's the new tablet style theme that people don't like here.
  7. I've twice tried to grow mulu x lowii, but they both died That's a lovely specimen ! Would you say it prefers it's substrate slightly on the dry side ?
  8. "Have you slipped on water at a supermarket recently ? Bruised your bum slightly ? Then you need to call Claims4Nothing right now ! Despite the fact thay you're a responsible adult(?) who should have looked where they were stepping, you really should sue the scumbags and help sack an underpaid stressed out staff member for their careless watering of plants" I despise this Nanny State we live in
  9. If Rob told you it's Queen of Hearts, then it's very possible he sold you a known female. Nice one !
  10. Don't cut them off ! Otherwise you'll miss out on the intermediate and upper pitchers, which can usually be different in shape and colour, depending on the species though. Not all nepenthes put out different uppers. You're doing the right thing by supporting the vine, just use anything suitable to help support it, bamboo sticks, trellis, ties etc. Can you post a photo of the plant in question ? As for your new plant, it's still a bit early to tell, but it looks to me like it's very likely to be x ventrata, a hybrid between alata and ventricosa. This is a very common 'starter nepenthes' due to it's tolerance to less than perfect conditions and it's easyness as a windowsill plant. Happy growing !
  11. Thats a wickedly dark ventrata, but the albo shots win for me
  12. http://www.carnivorousplants.org/howto/GrowingGuides/Cephalotus.php
  13. I'd say i find it very expensive considering i only paid about 12 euro for a typical 8cm Pasian specimen a little over 24 months ago which now has a diameter of about 24 inches and largest pitcher so far is 23cm on a roughly 15x17cm leaf, a huge jump this season. I find it an easy, fast grower, but that may be down to my growing conditions. I guess it all depends how much patience you have versus how much disposable money you have to spend on your hobby. Only YOU can decide that, there's no point asking for other people's opinions. Personally, i wouldnt spend 150 euro or whatever on an Eddy, let alone 200 euro for a truncata ! I echo what Mark said, but do what your heart tells you
  14. Yeah i've found them, and at that price, i think it's definately worth a punt on a couple
  15. Thanks for the suggestions guys. I did have a search around the net before starting this thread, and i could only really come up with Planifolia myself. Thats why i thought i'd turn to you guys. Unfortunately a min temp of 18c is out of the question, the neps comfort zone takes presidence ! I'm tempted to give Oncidium globuliferum a try, sounds ideal, but i was wondering if my constant 70 to 100 humidity would be too much for it ? Also, due to my misting system coming on nightly, the soil wouldn't dry out between waterings.
  16. Hope it comes with a choice of user themes And it would be nice if we could cut down the excessive set of smilies to a basic set. But thanks for all your hard work Andy
  17. So the spare mirror is in the garage until it gets mounted on the bedroom ceiling eh ?
  18. So it ended up costing 180 quid after all ? Kidding, really impressive work and a very effective illusion, well done
  19. Hey guys 'n gals, i'm looking to do some companion planting in my intermediate/highland nephouse, and i was wondering if anyone can recommend some vining orchids that would climb around the timber staging in my greenhouse ? I wouldn't want anything too big or leafy that would block light levels from my neps, something with long internodes and small or thin leaves i'm thinking would be ideal, and if it has a nice perfume then even better ! Are there any suitable candidates out there ?
  20. Back in spring, i went round my plants doing some pruning and tidying up ready for this season's new growth. I usually put all my trimmings in the compost bin, but sometimes small pieces get dropped or overlooked. This morning i happened to find this on the floor... This was just growing on the damp floor as it is, no potting mix required ! The mini cutting measures just 1.5cm in length whilst the new bud is about 0.75cm in diameter. It's now been potted up so it doesn't get trodden on Judging from where i found this laying, i am pretty certain it's aristolochioides x spectabilis. Time will tell, and i'll add photo updates as the plant grows.
  21. Is that grown in the greenhouse or the conservatory Mark ? What kind of humidity is it getting ?