Odysseus

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  1. Oh good! I am glad it isn't going to end but it does need help getting going. I will send some funds next paycheck. Burning through my wife's good will right now with my current expenses on CPs this last month. Paul, exactly what you said! I looked at those pictures of rolling hills surrounding his greenhouses and thought I would give up everything I have right now and move there to work on it. What a CP paradise...
  2. Seriously, right? Their hallway to look at the specific plants in pots were overhung by Neps that looked awesome. Basically, the place is bursting with great plants even in their overflow. Major jealous right now. But I guess I am not jealous of the cost of operation. :)
  3. epbb, I checked out the link and it is for a MyMajorCompany page - a kickstarter like crowdfunding website - that is only asking for 1 500 euro. Is that enough to save this jardin? If the bankers are ready to close it, I find it worrying that the "kickstarter" is only asking for 1 500. How dire is the situation? From the pics the place looks amazing and I wish I owned it, maintained it and lived there!
  4. Oh that's horrible! I never thought something like horticultural sand would be rare to get somewhere. Although, I admit I am glad that my soil mix is different than yours not out of my own mistaken idea for what would be good, but that you just don't have access to good horticultural sand.
  5. Who needs to remember when I wrote it down. Think I will go with precisely that again.
  6. Thanks, Devon, I think so too. I just may need to house fewer in there to keep things neat. Then put the rest of the gemmae in cups like Richard did, the insulation sounds nice. Richard, I do like your point about the cups being a good pot to insulate them. Although, I think in my jar, I will do something with more sand as that worked last time, and looks nicer than 50 peat 50 perlite. I just can't recall my old mix ration or if it was all sand or maybe mixed with peat and a top layer of 100% sand.
  7. Ordovic, thanks for the reply. I was definitely not planning on cutting these plants yet. I was just asking in advance, for what I need to do in months to a year from now. Basically, if everyone said these will not be able to be pruned I was going to change the plan right now and get a larger growing space sooner. The rest of the information in your post was great and I really appreciate the advice!
  8. Welkom, Johan! I lived in Leuven for about 6 months, loved it there and fell in love with Vlaanderen! Stoked to have you here at CPUK!
  9. Man, looks like I need to look up the Auxin theory and learn a bit more about it. On another note, I have always considered Basal shoots and side shoots the same thing...what is the difference?
  10. Haha yeah! I bet a year from now when I am removing gemmae off these dozen or so plants, I will be feeling it. And feeling glad I went with something with a large mouth. So Richard, how did you set up your pygmies? Did you put the gemmae on the soil with the smooth side face up or the growth point? What soil mixdid you use?
  11. Well, right on then! Looks like I have an easy mode Nep then and I will wait patiently for a second growth before cutting back. Here in months when it finally needs it. Seriously! Thanks to all who helped me with this! Really appreciate these forums!
  12. Oh, so if it is the N. ventrata, any experience or knowledge on it being better or worse for basal shoots or cutting down?
  13. Count me among those confused then. I guess I was thinking ventrata when I thought of these type Neps in stores and said Alata. Thanks, Dale!
  14. Interesting, Manders. Someday when I get my home and have a property to put a greenhouse on, I looke forward to learning what 2-3 feet vines look like. I wonder if the experience will be the same as yours, where basal shoots will be readily available long before I need to do any auxin theory type manipulation.
  15. Thanks all for the reply, I am very much a newbie in this because even though I have been growing for years, I started one year into my marriage and I was still at school. So I made moves to California from Utah and was required by my wife to downsize, then our move to the Netherlands required me to give away my plants to a friend in California. So in short, my time growing Neps has always been indoors under lights in tanks and always for less than a year. To see if I am understanding this correctly: Don't need to prune back until they are older Although, I am wanting to prune them back when they reach the top of my terrarium independent of their age [*]A trick available is to manipulate the shape of the plant using the Auxin theory where you cut it down all the way to the below the rim of the pot and it induces no dormancy because you stopped the auxin supply that was keeping the dormant nodes dormant. ‚ÄčThis trick can successfully cause multiple nodes to start growing that were not and give you larger plants faster. However, while this does seem useful in my tank to cut all growth back if it does encourage larger growth faster it may be counterproductive as I want to keep these a manageable size in my terrarium. [*]Some can even be cut about half way down the stem Top half can be planted as a cuttin Bottom half will grow a node at your cut (hopefully) success of this depends on the Nep [*]If the plant ALREADY has a basal shoot, then it is EVEN safer to cut back because it has something to focus on. Do I have those tips correct? The plants in question are still months away from needing it and are simple hybrids (perhaps N. alata hybrids) that you get from an American garden/home DIY store. Here is what they look like if you are curious, and please see if you agree that they both are N. alata hybrids. And if so, what do you think their chances of having basal shoots or being able to grow a node if cut at the middle? Thanks a lot for coming to my aid! Lowe's Home and Garden Center vendor Neps, rescued from a flooded palette back in November:
  16. Oh, and the plastic Goldfish bowls were $8 and no guarantee that I could get the top to settle back on after cutting it in half. So getting this cookie jar for $2 was pretty perfect.
  17. UPDATE: Long story, short: My wife wasn't very keen on the costs so I settled on something cheap from a secondhand thrift store to get me what I need. Originally was debating between a 12inch $24 and 16inch $40 Bubble ball vase, but like I said, price was a bit high and wife trumped me. So I settled on this cookie jar, which is still plenty of space for the gemmae to grow into nice Pygmy Drosera and am stoked that it has a big enough mouth to allow me access to the plants if I make the soil line 2/3 up the jar. Add a plexiglass cover to hold in humidity and separate the dry heat of the lamp from the plants and I am ready to go! Please don't mind the water droplets, I gave it a good rinse before I put it in the dishwasher to really sanitize it from any contaminants.
  18. The link by Loakesy doesn't work anymore. Does anyone have an idea what that Thread was called? My searches aren't pulling anything up and I am trying all avenues before starting a new thread. Basically, I just want to know how best to prune my nepenthes. I have a couple in a tank that WILL grow to the top glass and I wonder what options I have to trim them back without needing to remove them from the tank. Unfortunately, I am an under-lights Grower here in Utah as indoor and in tanks is the easiest way -- minus a greenhouse -- to grow CPs in the Utah Desert air. Thanks in advance!
  19. I was thinking the same thing as Lucien....you seem to have some pests on there, don't you?
  20. I got mine for Christmas too back in the day! Welcome to the forums, Mad_Botanist!
  21. Lucien, do you have any pictures of that setup? It would be great to see the lights above your tuberous drosera and the space they have to grow.
  22. I like the idea of a hinge! I think on the way home from work tonight I am going to look at local petstores to see what options I have that could maybe work. As you seem interested in the project, I will keep updating this thread as I work on it.
  23. Yeah been seriously considering that myself. Or getting a plastic goldfish bowl that I cut. Maybe some candy dish would work out.... I would want the top to have airflow. I would put a plexiglass lid on top though between the light and the bowl. Last time it was just a small circular cut plexiglass lid and I think I had a drilled in hole in it too.
  24. Thanks, Devon! I am really excited to get another one going again. The only question right now, is how do I avoid the issue of not having access to the plants because of the small hole at the top of the bowl. So I have been looking around for options. Kinda wish there was a bowl plastic or glass, that had a flat enclosed or open area at the top for the light to shine down through but had a seam across the "equater" of the bowl where I could pull off the top half and have easy access to tall of the plants. Looking around I haven't found anything yet unfortunately. Might just need to for the goldfish bowl again.
  25. Noticed I have missing images now that my original online source for sharing these has quit. I am looking for those exact images in my old computer files, but to no avail so far. However, I have found pics of the bowl: Once I find those exact pics I will edit the original post so this isn't so lost.