Kiwano

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  1. I can say "wow" only. Awesome pictures, thank you. Is it B. reducta that we can see on the 12th pic ? You have the luck to observe such amazing plants in situ. I think I could give all what I have to do the same.
  2. Dave Evans → Thank you for your explanations. Finally, I used a mix of perlite/dead sphagnum 50%/50%, with living sphagnum at the surface. I hope it will be good. For the moment, the plant seems to be healthy. I've noticed that pitchers are well when hygrometry is very very high. They begin to dry when it's lower, at the contrary of all my other Nepenthes. Do you think the substrate should be more wet than other plants of the same genus ? Perhaps it's just a stress caused by the acclimatization. Manders → Yes you're right, 125W are not enough for this kind of plants. I would find something else. Maybe 200W or more are good ? Or another kind of system ? In despite of this, I think the low growing rate of some of my plants is due to the temperatures. I read on some topics on the Web that N. bellii (for example) doesn't like very much warm temperatures. That could be why mine is not a fast grower. It's placed at a temperature between 30°C and 35°C the day. Pmatil → My plant is arrived two days ago and looks like yours. If you let me ask you this questions : what mix do you use ? What are your growing conditions ? And where have you found your plant ?
  3. So who is true ? Maybe I should use a substrate as you described it Dave Evans. Have you an idea about the proportions ? Concerning the other species, I can say that (to my own opinion with my own plants) : - N. bellii is a slow grower, but it's possibly due to its decapitation before I obtained it. - N. truncata is a slow grower too. I think it's not due to the light, since the plant is directly under a Plasma Light 125W and the four other species around (N. gracilis, N. adnata, N. ampullaria and N. tomoriana) grow pretty well. - N. northiana is a relatively good grower, not really fast but enough to be satisfying.
  4. Your tank is really nice. I hope I could make a highland terrarium in the future too, but in general it's a labyrinthine system... You have not a cooling system ?
  5. Thanks for your answer. At this point ? I knew that N. campanulata was a slow grower but not like this. However I think it's almost the same thing with some other species like N. northiana or N. bellii, no ? I have a N. truncata who is pretty slow too.
  6. You know, I had ordered there is a few months a Nepenthes albomarginata. It taken two weeks to come. I thought "the plant will be dead when I will receive it". Finally not at all. The plant was healthy (and I was really surprised). So you can be quiet. :)
  7. Well, so you mean a relatively mineral substrate ?
  8. The principal problem is hygrometry. Your plant needs a high hygrometry to produce pitchers. That's why Nepenthes are kept in greenhouse or terrarium.
  9. Hi everybody, I'm going to receive a specimen of N. campanulata. I know it's a delicate and rare specie and it's in this way that I would ask you something. What kind of substrate do you use for it ? Thanks.
  10. It looks dead unfortunately. Maybe you could obtain something with the other in the background. But your first specimen is lost to my mind.
  11. Crap, it's amazing. Where is that ?
  12. Waiting for Nepenthes campanulata. :)

  13. It means it's sphagnum moss only, as a substrate. You could use it for Nepenthes for example. :)
  14. Thank you for the information. It's really interesting, since I'm going to obtain a specimen of this specie.
  15. Your last N. rafflesiana looks very awesome with its black peristome.
  16. Nice. This lets us to avoid to cut a large part of the mother-plant. What's the specie ?
  17. Me too as I said. But I must confess I would like that mine is faster (since I have not any pitcher for the moment).
  18. Nice plant, it seems to be healthy. I received a specimen there are few months, but unfortunately its head was broken during the shipment. It just begins to make new leaves, by two growing points. I use a mix of coco fibers, sand, perlite, pine bark and a little of peat. I think it's good, but I'm not really sure because the growing of this plant seems to be very slow. Your plant grows quickly or slowly ?
  19. Really impressive, I like the red colour in the foliage. What are your growing conditions for this specie ?
  20. Yes I was surprised concerning the form of the leaves. I've already saw a very big specimen in the botanical gardens of Caen and its leaves was really long compared with those of my specimens. I suppose it's due to the age of the different plants. Maybe young plants have rounder leaves than old specimens. I ask myself if the germination rate could not be higher if we scarify the seeds before their immersion in water...
  21. Very nice pictures, thank you ! But can I know where you have taken it ?
  22. Hi, Today is a festival in my terrarium. Why ? Because, after many acharnements, I have succeeded to do germinate some Codariocalyx motorius seeds, or telegraph-plant. All I can say it's that the germination rate is relatively low since, on ten seeds, four have germinated only. Here you have some pictures of the seedling, with some explanations. 13/05/2014 16/05/2014 24/05/2014 02/06/2014 For those who want to know how I've done : - The seeds have hardened 3 or 4 days in water, kept hot (25°C-30°C). - After that time, I observed that some seeds (fairly low, maybe 25%) swelled. But, at the contrary to what I knew, no sprout is appeared. However this swelling translated a water penetration inside the seed, so a begining of germination... I supposed that the integuments was too much tough, too much resistant to be perforated by the sprout. So I processed by a scarification with the swelled seeds (I cut volontary a part of the integuments, with precision not like a beef). In less than two days, four sprouts are appeared ! - I've transplanted the sprouts on a substrate composed with peat and sand (60%/40%). All of this has been placed inside my lowland terrarium, so approximatively 80% of hygrometry night and day, 30°C the day and 23°C-25°C the night. - I should separate all the young plants in several pots now. But I know that this specie is hard to transplant because you must take care of its roots. In all cases, I already could observe many movements of the plants. They stay slow and you must not hesitate to look a long time if you really want to see. The movements are not continuous. The leafs subside or straighten all the time.