olivier marthaler

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  1. ... had our first real frost this morning ;-) but here also, far too dry, 900ml instead of 1500 normally for a year...
  2. So I guess in Portugal you have warmer conditions... :-) good luck my friend! OL
  3. Hi Darlingtoniae lovers, For the first year, a couple of large Darls have developed a *second* bud in the year. Due to a warm summer + Indian summer (drawing to a close now), the buds are approx 5-7 cm tall. My plants will hibernate around 3-10°C and I guess the buds will not grow then. So my question: Should I remove these buds to save energy for the plants, or would you think they could grow in the springtime? All answers will be appreciated! Thanks a lot already, OL
  4. ... so far, not at all, no bigger than "regular" seedlings of the same age...
  5. terrific plant indeed ;-) OL
  6. Hi fellow Darlingtoniae growers! In January 2014 (or December 13, not sure) I bought seeds of Darlingtonia "giant x giant" on eBay uk, from someone called "Colin". Of course i didn't keep track of this transaction... and now that seedlings are growing, I'd like to contact "Colin" for further information about his seeds. So does any of you know about him? or about his batches of seeds + origins? Thanks already for your help, and best regards from Switzerland, Olivier
  7. Sorry picol and tatter, I was not clear when I mentioned "shelves". Pots would be placed in trays on which fresh air has free access. Simply no direct light... Hope I am writing things more precisely this time :-) Thanks for your advice in all cases, OL
  8. Hello colleagues, I have had the same phenomenon with a few citrus trees here in my veranda (cool climate, 1000m asl,Switzerland): They have developed new leaves, which is not what they have done in recent years at the same time. I guess it is due to the uncommon warm and sunny late summer we've had here... How about at your places? Cheers, OL
  9. Hi every Darl grower, As I have to remove plants from outside for the wintertime (Swiss mountains, 1000 m asl), I don't have enough place to store them all (adult and seedling) in a frost-free veranda window. So many might end up in bottom shelves in the said veranda, in real low light (darkness indeed). As the plants would be dormant, do you think it is ok, or do they DEMAND light anyway? Thanks a lot for your opinions and answers, OL
  10. Hi Nigel,

    sorry for this problem: I really do not know what is going on...

    so you can contact me at my usual address:

    [email protected]

    and I will answer for sure... :-)

    all the best,

    OL

  11. Hi Ada,

    do you still have Darling seeds? Do you know where they're originally from?

    thanks,

    OL

     

     

  12. Beautiful site in the NF which I have visited today! Loads of Sunshine in addition... Thanks for your pics, elvis :-)
  13. Coming from Switzerland, let me tell you all, my British friends, that I would not leave Europe if I were in... It is just hellish to send material abroad or bring some in when living in an ISLAND like Switzerland... green labels, petty lies, hiding a pot or two when crossing the border from Germany or France... Wish you to make the best possible choice for you guys... :-) OL
  14. Thanks a lot for the Maxsea info :-) Now for coffee: we in Europe (not northern Europe, but where "real" strong coffee is made and drunk, the Spanish/Italian way) drink STRONG coffee (espresso, ristretto... So what density would you use? in American standards? any hint? ... Anyway, thanks already for the Maxsea I've just ordered, OL
  15. thanks a lot for your reply... but what do you mean by "orchid focus"? is it a fertilizer brand? sorry for my poor understanding of English, not being my native tongue... :-(
  16. Hi, I already posted a similar post Under another entry, but anyway: ​ Does someone has experience using osmocote with living sphagnum for the growth of highland Neps? Is the fertilizer going to kill the sphagnum? Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and advice, OL
  17. Hi all, facing a dilemma here: growing nice Nep hamata, lowii, edward, and the like... I hesitate between plain living sphagnum (with a bit of perlite and chopped bark) and a sphagnum free compost. The reason? I have no experience with fertilizing plants growing in living sphagnum: is it so picky as to die? People with experience, THANKS A LOT for sharing your experience and advice :-) OL
  18. (btw: plain moss peat is OK too for sowing, I perso mix it with perlite to make it a bit lighter, but I don't think the medium matters so much, and stratification seems not to be SO important for Darlings, from what I have read on many forums...) Best wishes for growing and for the new year, OL
  19. Hi all Darlings growers, I would be very interested in swapping seedlings (when weather allows, which is the case these days over here in western Europe!) with their original location for other seedlings, with their own original location as well. Diversity is so exciting ;-))) All the best to everyone for this festive period, OL
  20. Woaw, congrats Snowwy! ... and about their growth speed? super fast as well? btw, I did enjoy your blog :-)
  21. ... considering the slow development of Darlings at a later stage, till they become adults... it is just amazing, congratulations to those Italian colleagues, and good patience, tanti auguri, OL
  22. Hi all, just this short message: unbelievable (at least for me): in 11 days (yes: eleven!) the first Darlings seeds I got from a friend started germinating. Had spent 6 weeks in stratification (5°C) and then brought under artificial light, 95% humidity rate, and temps around 20°C at night and 25°C daytime... and already some have started to sprout!!! sorry no pics yet, but has anybody had such fast germination yet? thanks for convincing I'm not having hallucinations ;-))) regards from cold Switzerland mountains, OL
  23. Hi all, I was wondering if someone is interested in swapping Cyprip with me... In this case, please send me a pm! Have a great Friday 13! OL