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  1. Dear all,


    ages ago I obtained seed of the so called S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkei from a location called "Walton Cty., Florida". Nowadays the name is S. rosea and I still maintain some plants of that location.

    One of the seedlings indeed grew into a hybrid I think between S. rosea and S. flava. Can anybody familiar with that location tell me what kind of S. flava are to be found there, whether that hybrid was seen in nature and perhaps give me some informations.




    Kindest regards


  2. Hi all,

    thanks to a good friend (may I post your name here?) I was lucky enough to obtain 3 Setocoris bybliphilus last autumn. They were adult sized with eggs in their abdomen. While transplanting them to my B. gigantea plants one fall onto the substrate of one pot and never was seen again. Another one died within three or four days. Not a good start at all! The very last one survived for months. I fed it with Drosophila the whole winter. Also I had to keep the plants under artificial lights because in the greenhouse during the winter Byblis always gets infected with white mould (hope thats the correct English term!). Now, back in the greenhouse the bugs did multiply and I have them on all adult sized B. gigantea plants. On the plant shown on the photo 4 or 5 bugs live together.

    Kindest regards



  3. Hi all,

    wanted to share some pictures of Byblis that I was sowing at the beginning of January:


    left to right: B. guehoi Kimberley; B. rorida Lake Campion; B. liniflora Kingston Rest


    Byblis guehoi Kimberley (a big thanks to the donator here in the forum, contact me in 2 months if you need seed back!)


    and B. liniflora from Kingston Rest


    All were soaked in GAB3 for 48 h and sown under high humidity and artifical lights. Thus some of the leaves are curved because I removed the transparent hood last week. In the background some duplicates because that plants I will use to produce a larger amount of seed this year.

    Kindest regards


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  4. Hi friends,

    today I was as close as 10 km away from one of my favorite bogs and could not resist to visit it during the Pinguicula flowering time. The bog is a calcareous bog (sorry I miss the exact English term) where extremely CO2 rich, cold water emerges from the ground in a couple of small fountains. The whole area is about the size of 4-5 football fields and very hidden. The water has a pH of 7,4 - 7,6 with D. anglica growing in that not acidic water. Plants do not grow to the size they do on peat ground but they are numerous. Also can be found Gentians (spring Gentian already flowered) and Gentiana asclepia... that flowers in autumn.

    But here are the pics:

    Overview over the area:


    The area is covered with open grass that is cutted every year to avoid trees growing over.

    P. vulgaris is common on the meadow and in full flower now:


    But the gem in my eyes is a lowland population (relict of the last ice age!) of P. alpina growing around 450 m altitude:


    An interesting feature is that P. alpina can grow submerged for a while with the rosettes completely under water and just the flowers above water level:


    Another very interesting point is that both species grow very close together:


    Left hand is P. vulgaris, right hand P. alpina, distance perhaps 50 cm. I never found hybrids between the species although they flower at the same time. P. alpina is at the end of its flowering, P. vulgaris beginning/in full bloom.

    Also Primula varinosa can be found there:


    And in an early stage of growth D. anglica. D. rotundifolia is also there but I didnot take flowers.


    And my second personal favorite in a very early stage of growth: Utricularia minor!


    I had to use my hand as background because the small plants are nearly unvisible against the ground. Actually I only could find them because I know them from July/August in flower so I was able to relocate them in a small piece of water perhaps 30 x 50 cm. Please notice the colour of the ground: Again basic calcareous water with a pH of over 7!!

    Hope you enjoy it!


  5. Hi all,

    I was asked for growing advice for this beautiful species. Here are some points:

    Medium: Try an open, peat based medium with Perlite, Vermicullite, clay pearls, sand

    The ingriedients are not so important but it should be an open mix

    Most important: Add ONE !! of the lovely yellow graines called Osmocote about one inch deep under the roots for good growth, plants not fed will survive but never show you it´s full beauty with plenty of flowers

    Climate: Humidity is not so important in may eyes, I keep it dowm to 30 - 40 % rel. humidity on hot, sunny summer days, temps can be as high as you can bring them but not lower then 15 or 16°C during the winter. My oldest plants are now 4 years old and have survived 3 winters now.

    What I find beneficial is air movement and moist, but not wet substrate.

    Hope this is not the opposite tips as of Eric´s Homepage!


  6. Hi all,

    I was asked for growing tips for both species. Here is just what I do with it. Plants grow and survive, sometimes produce plantlets but didnot flower so far. (D. stenopetala flowered in vitro one day):

    Substrate: Pure peat, I have tried mixes with perlite, sand, Vermicullite but find as major disadvantage the groth of moss, algae and so on

    Light: As much as you can give them, I found D. arcturi at the edge of a skiing rope/lane in N.Z. (Southern Island) agrowing in fully sun light at high elevation with much UV-light

    Climate: If possible cool mountain climate, plants seem to suffer if it is too hot during the summer especially if the night temps donot drop down

    Temperatures: Winter resting periode: 14°C days down to 6-8°C night temps, D. arcturi is fully hardy and I have kept it in my outdoor bog with temps around -20°C. The problem is that plants get overgrown by sphagnum and will die of it; D. stenopetala was not hardy so far and died outside, it should be hardy in British "winters" :-))

    Summer: Continental European aclimate, temps as high as 35°C are tolerated if night temps are much lower

    Hope this helps!


  7. Hi Stephen,

    leave cuttings, root cuttings and of course seed works well for me. Unfortunately I forgot the method for leave cuttings because I quit to do so some years ago. Try both: Old leaves and new ones, but if I remember correctly it was the new leaves that gave the best results of about 10 plantlets/leave. Keep it wet and humid.

    Hope this helps


  8. Hi all,

    the sun was shining today so I took the opportunity for some shots of the not so commonly grown Drosera:

    D. bicolor (one of my favorite tuberous)


    D. radicans (North of Geraldton), a really tiny species of about 3-4 inches tall:


    And I couldnot resist to show you D. coccipetala again photographed with a 10x lens/lens adapter to my digital camera:


    Kindest regards


  9. Hi Jürgen and Langy,

    "small tail" could be misunderstood. D. intricata and D. moorei indeed have a small, V-like Appendix at the BOTTOM of their tuber. They never have Appendices at their top end if I rememberr correctly. So my tip is if you are not sure which end is up plant it sidewards (is that the correct word?) and you will not have problems. Or post a photo and we can tell you more!

    If planted in the wrong direction shoots usually make it to the surface, too. So donot worry about that.



  10. I will tr to answer your questions:

    @Khelljuhg: Donot give up hope, this species under my conditions sometimes doesnot appear for a growing season but the tubers maintain in the medium.

    @Jan: No treatment is necessary. Some of the plants were sown in vitro.

    @Langy: The flowers do have indeed a very fine sweetly perfumed smell.

    @davidoff: Usually seed of this species go into further propagation but capsules are many and swollen so I might have some spares this season.

    @LLeopardGGecko: I sould say about 10 - 15 cm, means 4 - 6 inches.


  11. Hi Greg,

    I will have a look into the greenhouse tomorrow and tell you what my plants look like. But I am pretty sure that this vigourous growing clone (unfortunately looks like one, selfsterile clone) does not produce as many glue as other clones. I am growing two other clones with more glue but they do not maintain as easy in cultivation as the clone I sent you.



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