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  1. I don't have many photographs of when I received them but if you want I can send some of all the plants now? There wasn't any instructions or a huge effort on an acclimation process, the plants I got were just potted up and placed in a terrarium. They're all doing well, the cephalotus lost all it's pitchers at first but I'm told that's normal for most re-pots of cephs, but since then it has grown loads of new ones and even a new growth point. All the other plants(N.Hookeriana, D.Prolifera, D.Madagascariensis, H.Minor, Cobra Lily and an unknown VFT) are producing new leaves as often as the
  2. I like Hookeriana, it's an easy enough hybrid with nice looking and sized pitchers. It's also pretty commonly available now
  3. Hi Richard, I was on holidays for the last week and upon arriving home discovered a dislodged drain pipe and some crispy plantlets. I began my first few in February, but I can not say for certain if it's too late in the year or not now, I was planning a test to see if the plantlets could survive their first year without dormancy (as this would mean pullings could be taken any time of the year) but due to "the accident" I can't and wont be able to tell you if their is a cut off date. I live in Kildare, I look forward to seeing those photos :-)
  4. That is bizarre, I collect water from the gutters of my greenhouse which are squeaky clean and that water always comes out from 7-11ppm. But I recently tried water coming out of the houses gutters(off the slate roof and dirty gutters) and it came out at 130ppm. That seems like a huge amount of variability!
  5. I know this thread is old but I just received an order from this seller. For €25 (not including P&P) I ordered a collection consisting of young plants... Dionaea muscipula Nepenthes hookeriana Heliamphora minor Cephalotus follicularis Drosera madagascariensis Drosera prolifera Darlingtonia californica All arrived bare-root yesterday in full health and well packaged(based on how none were even wilted). And to my surprise I was sent two of most things. Those that didn't arrive in twos were the VFT of which he sent FIVE! They are of two unnamed cultivars(I suspect dentate an
  6. Thanks, that puts me at ease. But corky I would suggest recalibrating your TDS meter as those results sound worryingly high for rain water (unless acid rain is common wherever you are)
  7. This is my current water start set-up, it's just a test-tube perched in my terrarium Gricey, I really like the idea of using distilled water, I imagine you would get no algae at all, very nice! To update what I'm doing: I now just have a single test tube that I stick everything into, at the moment it has Capensis, VFT Dentate and VFT red dragon in it. I was really impressed by this method due to it getting a leaf that was accidentally snapped in half to strike, it's just a little nub right now but it's definitely there! Here's some pictures of the plantlets from my original exp
  8. I've been using the same old bag of peat moss since starting the hobby. But last week it ran out just before I got in an order of Plants... So based on advice seen on this forum I went out and got Shamrock branded peat, but I now think I've done something wrong, like get the wrong bag or something. My plants arrived in the post this morning and were all potted up and stuck in a terrarium with high humidity (instead of using a bag) and they all got top watered. But out of curiosity I checked the TDS of the water that collected in the bottom of the terrarium and it had gone from 7ppm to 62p
  9. Hmmm interesting, I was thinking about giving Akadama a try in the mix, it's a soil for bonsai. Which I liked the look of as it lowers and buffers pH as well as holding nutrients, not breaking down quickly and allows good drainage. It seems quite similar to Turface(which before now I knew nothing about. But now I know it's not necessary so I might not try it...
  10. While I'm not that experienced with growing CPs under artificial lights I have kept planted aquarium aquascapes for a while so I would suggest checking out pet shops for T5 ho bulbs, I'd say there is somewhere better to get them as I've always found pet shops to be expensive, but always good quality
  11. Can anyone comment on the use of "aquatic plant soils" with heliamphora? It is suggested on the International Carnivorous Plants Society's website to try it... "The current consensus among North American growers is the best long term potting medium for Heliamphora is the one recommended by Butch Tincher: equal parts long fibered Sphagnum, perlite, and aquatic planting medium (or aquatic plant soil). This is based on materials that are available in North America. Aquatic planting medium is a speciality product. It may be difficult to find in some areas. Check with stores specializing in po
  12. I'm afraid it never even crossed my mind to do so but I will add some to this thread asap. I have since had success with no clingfilm but I do not believe it is due to there being high humidity at substrate level, but more so a constant wicking action of the surfaces in contact from pulling and the chosen substrate, I think this is so because if you consider why would a pulling be able to strike underwater? It just makes sense that it'd be an adaptation of a film of water wicked from the ground. Any humidity built up above the substrate would surely be blown away with any air movement.
  13. I have a love of science and as a result have been testing multiple methods of leaf pullings on Dionaea for some time now, this is a log of my testing method, results and conclusions. Introduction: I'm a student so cutting costs is one of my top priorities when taking cuttings, as a result all of my experiment was preformed using items that can be found in the common household(excluding a full spectrum CFL and a VFT:-P) as a result no chemical additives were used eg. Rooting hormones, anti-fungal powders .etc. All experiments were preformed over a three month period During said period
  14. Thanks for all the welcomes hope to converse with you all on the forum soon :-)
  15. Thanks a million for the quick reply! I'm based in Kildare so I probably wont be able to pop round :-P I had read about the less hardy species of sarracenia and I apologise for not mentioning the fact I already have many spots in the greenhouse(unheated) with their names on them, but it's a long time until they'll be big enough to fill them. I also have a fish tank set up in the garage with artificial lights and a heater to power through the first dormancy for the sarracenia as I've read this can give them a whole growing seasons head start. If this has been a bad decision I fear it may be t