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  1. Hi everyone! I managed to keep most of my plants alive since October 2014. However it is now summer and i am lost. My plants are getting all yellow and slowly dying. I have VF, Drosera capensis and Sarracenia purpurea. I used to keep them in the aquarium on the window sill. But it gets +40C degrees here and it is so sunny. What should i do? where should i keep them? Thanks for the help. Hope my plants will survive the summer!
  2. I bought it in autumn and kind of skipped the dormacy part. as they are inside and its warm in the room. Do you think that's what's happening to my plant? does that mean that repotting was a bad idea at this point? also i must say the root system was very small and very short. i was surprised by how small it is.
  3. hi all. my venus flytrap is dying. it looked very sad. the leaves are narrower than usual and in general it looked sick. i repoted it today into a perlit:moss mix. still looks very sad. i used to water it with distilled water as we did not have rain for the last month. now back on rainwater. i kept it in a tank, but now after repotting it just sits on the windowsill. should i keep it that way or should i cover it?? also, i am not sure if i used too much perlite, more than moss. if this is the case would it hurt the plant? should i repot it again? anything else i should keep in mind? here are the photos.
  4. Hello everyone! Anyone here from Armenia?? happy to be part of this great forum! cheers V.
  5. wow. they look amazing! i would even say delicious! ;)
  6. Thx for the reply, although I feel a bit more confused now. ;) For hybernation purposea if I keep them in a cold room, do they need light? I mean can it be a room with no windows or not. Do I need to water them? I should add that I have 1-2 cm water in tank and I let it dry out and then I add new water. I am hoping this way there will be humidity but not too much to let mold and rotting.
  7. Ok. So I should keep the drosera separate? I keep them in tank becuz the air in armenia durig the winter is very dry. In the summer there wont be need for it. I have a lid for the tank which I leave semi open so the air could circulates. Do gou think this is wrong? also could you suggest how I hybernate my plants. Any good guide you would recommend? Internet is full of advices. I evrn saw a girl who put the vft in the plastic bag and inside the fridge. I am reluctant to follow her example. Also I should mention winters are very harsh in armenia. Its minus and lots of snow. Inside we keep the temp around 22-25 celsius. The plants are on the window shelf over the radiator so they are probably 1-2 degrees warmer.
  8. here are the photos. for some reason i could not include them inside the message. so i put the links. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152562200066134&set=a.10152562199891134.1073741829.696706133&type=3&theater
  9. great! thanks for the replies! i will post the photos as soon as i am home. i dont think they are springtails. they dont jump when i touch them. just moving quickly. (relatively)
  10. Hello everyone! I am new to the forum, so let me introduce myself first! My name is Vaneni, I am from Armenia (a country where even the botanical garden does not have any CP!!!!). If i do ask too many question or talk too much, do forgive me. I am a beginner, i love my plants and i am in panick! I have three plants, dionaea, drosera? and sarracenia?. so i bought my plants in Moscow, from a hypermarket Auchan (those with French connections will know it) mid October. Even though I traveled with them in my hand baggage, they did suffer some physical damage upon arrival. Brown leaves, cuts. I guess the plants were in a lot of stress. A few days after i was home i noticed a teeny tiny white bug in the soil. it disappeared so quickly made me doubt i saw it in the first place. so i forgot all about it. My plants quickly recovered from the travel stress. drosera produces lots of dew, sarracenia has grown new leaves up to 10 cm long (within two month!!). 2 weeks ago i noticed that there are after all tiny white bugs in my plants. all three of them. there is no damage to the plants (i dont see any with naked eye), i see bugs mostly in the soil. they rarely come out. i found one dead inside sarracenia. they are very small, probably 1 mm or less. i saw an even smaller black one once (maybe a baby one??!!). i am pretty sure i bought them already infected. they were too close to other ordinary flowers in the shop and i suspect the bugs are probably smth popular among all the plants and not just CPs. now to the questions, hope you guys can help me figure out what to do! - Could you please confirm i got the plant names correct. (pictures will follow soon) there was no labeling on the plants, just says CP mix. - Should i repot them ASAP?? this is quite tricky as i read i should use peat moss and perlit mix. I got the perlit but there is no way i can find peat moss or anything similar here in Armenia. can i repot them a month later? (i can order peat moss online, it will take a month to arrive) or is there smth else i can use instead of peat moss. they sell an orchid mix here, can i use it?? - How else can i get rid of the bugs? Are they dangerous? i had a sneak peak at one of the roots and it looked healthy to me. but i should mention i do not have any experience in root health. Should i use chemicals? or will repotting help alone? also i read somewhere i can place the plant in the water for two days and all the bugs will die out. Is this true?? Should i try it? - Is it ok to leave the plants like that, since it looks like they are happyly thriving? I should probably say if i did not see the bugs, i would never suspect anything was wrong with the plants. looking forward to talk to you all and to hear all the great advices!!! thx!!