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  1. ooooh! That is a nice one! I love the look of short fat pitchers!!! Thanks for the compliments guys! :)
  2. thanks so much! I have seen a lot of hookerianas but I most certainly do favor mine over the others. The person I obtained it from stated that it was seed grown so it is a little different and unique. I have gotten it in TC too. Hopefully I can help spread it out to others
  3. Thanks everyone! I am fortunate enough to live in Texas where it is very hot the majority of the year so Lowlanders love to grow here. But, as long as your temps do you not drop below 18C at night and can exceed 26C during the day, most lowland plants will still grow for you. They just might not grow as quickly. Plus, Fluorescent lights usually give off enough heat to keep them warm enough during the day and they do just fine. Mist them a couple times a day for humidity too.
  4. Well, I had two 120mm fans and they didn't do any good (standard size for a PC). I then stepped it up to two 200mm fans and they couldn't do it either. So, I went and bought a 12" metal fan at Walmart for 15 bucks... I have it set to low because it seems to move a ton of air. But, it works and keeps the heat from pooling up in the top half of the tank. Total size of the tank is over 300 gallons, lol. But, I have positioned it in such a way that the fan is not directly blowing on any plants. They are just getting the air that is bouncing around the enclosure. I will let them go and see
  5. As a fellow CP enthusiast from Texas, I do not recommend going by any of the sites online that give a guestimation of TDS readings. Due to the area of the country, we have a LOT of clay and minerals in our water. Buy yourself a TDS meter. They are not at all expensive.
  6. Thanks for all of the info everyone! I may go ahead and try the timer and see what happens. The issue I have found is the heat moves quickly. I actually had a couple of 120mm PC fans installed but these couldn't even push the heat down. So, I am worried that leaving the fans off for 15 minutes would just cause the top of the tank to reach 38C+ and the bottom go back to room temp. Only other option I can think of is to make my tank 2 individual tanks. It was much easier to control when the tank was smaller. Here is the list of what is in the tank. N. Smilesi N. Gracilis N. Tr
  7. So, I built myself a giant grow tank. It is bright, lovely, and very neat. My highs are 29-32C My lows are 21-23C Humidity is 70-99% But, the way I managed to get my temps and humidity constant is to install a decent size fan that keeps the air moving. My question is, how bad is the constant wind? They aren't getting blown around to the point that pitchers are flopping in the wind or anything like that but, the leaves are constantly shaking. Is this an issue or will it just help to insure that the plants are tougher to put up with the wind? All plants are Lowlanders.
  8. and now in color! (not quite enough coats and my son picked the color... it is REALLY orange, lol)
  9. Couldn't agree more. What attracted me to these amazing plants was their ability to catch and eat prey. Take that away and they're just another plant.
  10. Definitely agree on the pricing and trying to name every plant. Some dummies spent a fortune on a few plants a few times on ebay and now some are raising their prices basing their rationality those eBay prices. But, most businesses end up that way. "Make More Money" is the name of the game in the world these days. What really gets me going is when you have so many plants all named for the same characteristic and yet none of them are really any different. Like here in the US we have DC XL and B52 which both hold fame for having "largest traps". But both plants rarely ever produce even above
  11. Pay no mind to the brown leaves on a few of the plants. They got some cold damage but, they are growing right out of it just fine All I need now is to find out where I can buy a bunch of non hybrid lowland plants! no one is selling Lowland plants any more :'(
  12. I believe it is because they do not like the plant... Lots of people are not partial to, as they're called, "freak plants". But, I will say that this plant looks like it has been attacked by some predator bug. I have seen this shape of traps on dozens of plants and it has always been because some bug is munching on the newly forming traps.
  13. I'd suggest just going with any typical or vigorous flytrap. Stay clear of most of the freaky clones at first because they are usually slow growers and need as much light as possible (with a few exceptions). My favorite plant for shear vigor and size is Jaws. It isn't the biggest or the fastest, but it is a great combo of both and the teeth are very menacing looking :) Here are a few of my Jaws. They are quite lovely plants.
  14. I can't say for certain when it will be. But, I do know that it could be possible for Steve to start offering plants by the end of the year, depending on how fast the TC babies grow invivo.... But, if I had to guess, I would say spring of 2016 is when SD Kronos will become available to everyone :)
  15. Beautiful plant, Steve! And to respond to Ptaah, Steve is not shipping live plants over seas. But, I will be shipping sterile cultures of SD Kronos overseas as soon as Steve gives me the OK.
  16. Actually, none of the plants mentioned by Flytrapcare are listed there.... Maybe they don't update often?
  17. Here is a question I've had about the current registration process..... Since B52 is already described has a plant that grows up to 2.25" traps that can have a deep red color (even though it clearly doesn't get that large and it is pretty picky about color too).. What happens when say a plant like DC XL comes along that is actually better? (Although, B52 has outgrew my DC XL's pretty consistently. But for the sake of an example, lets say for me DC XL kills B52 on average.)..... Since B52 is already registered as it is, where does that leave DC XL? This is the problem that Steve is r
  18. I brought my SD Titan into artificial conditions in mid January in attempts to produce a flower stalk for TC purposes. It was then placed back outdoors in mid February and then transplanted in early March and then again in April to a insulated pot to help cope with the intense heat of my area. Natural time of year for plants to break dormancy in my area is late January to mid February. So it has a few extra weeks of growth, but been out of dormancy for many months. All of my plants put on their summer leaves some weeks ago. Enjoy the thread, guys. Sorry to seem like a butt head. I j
  19. Last comment I am going to make on this thread. It is very obvious what is happening. With a test taken right now, what is it going to tell me? "That at this time of year, in my area, my current stock of "said plant" is averaging a certain size"... But, EVERYONE knows that most plants produce different sized traps in the spring, summer, and fall. So my tests are only conclusive to how they are growing right now in their current conditions. But in 3 months, that same test is going to present totally different results. This reasoning is exactly why I told Steve it was
  20. Here is one of my pots of FTS Etna. I took this picture on June 18th 2014. But, you can see how a plant that is getting the same amount of light as the plants around it and yet it still has much more coloration.... And you can see some of the taller traps are opened towards the sun and getting more direct light than that lower trap and yet they have less color.
  21. First, that picture I just posted was taken yesterday June 24th at 5:20pm Central time, on my Nexus 5. That IS the plant during the summer... I took that picture for Steve last night to show that it was producing a second flower stalk and that I am gonna let it grow for TC purposes. Second, anyone who has a decent amount of growing experience knows how capricious color on a Venus Flytrap is. Heck, I have 2 SD Draco's growing less than a cm apart and one is red and the other is solid green (SD Draco is a very colorful plant)... Color is no where near a good indicator of health or the amoun
  22. Not sure what you mean by this statement since no one is invested in this plant and no one is out to make a single dime off of it.... I am sure what you are thinking is that since I just opened a TC store, you think we are promoting it so it can be sold for lots of money or something like that.... I think you should ask the multiple customers (all of which are competing stores), that have already obtained hundreds of clones from me, how much they paid.... *hint* the answer is $0 (well, Steve has actually been really pushy towards paying for everything. But, I just turn around and buy stuff fro
  23. I guess my question for you would be, since SD Titan is easily different than every other plant in my collection (which is many), wouldn't that make it exactly what you just explained? You are making your assumption off of a few pictures... Plus, comparing Phalanx to SD Titan is a very poor comparison. That is like comparing Dentate to a typical.... Phalanx is known for its extremely long cilia. SD Titan is becoming known strictly for large traps.