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  1. Any rapid leaf movement? Looks almost like D. burmannii to me. Just in case: collect seeds... Otherwise, how about D. brevifolia? Cheers, Marcus
  2. Hi Swizzy, How's your plant doing? Cheers, Marcus
  3. Great! Happy to hear it. :)
  4. If you want to try Drosear capensis but have trouble getting hold of it locally, please let me know. I'd be happy to try to send you seeds. Perhaps they'll get through.
  5. Welcome to the forum!! The species that occur in the wild in Uganda should be easy to grow for you! :) That should be Drosera dielsiana and Drosera madagascariensis, and a bunch of Utricularia. But if you want to start easy, Drosera capensis should work just fine and is easy to get hold of. Cheers, Marcus
  6. Hi all, I'm curious to see whether anybody is still growing one of Dr. FrankenSnyder's early creatures: the fabulous fertile octoploid D. x nagamotoi. If you have no idea what this is about, here's the story in a nutshell: the usual hybrid D. x nagamotoi (= D. anglica x spatulata) is sterile. Around the year 2000, Ivan Snyder created some fertile clones of the hybrid using a treatment with colchicine, by means of which he succeeded in doubling the chromosome numbers in the sterile plants, restoring fertility. You can read a more detailed (and more accurate account) of the whole thing and Ivan Snyder's colchicine treatment experiments here, written by the man himself: In the early 2000s, a few growers (including my humble self) busied themselves cross-fertilizing different clones of D. x nagamotoi for the sake of genetic diversity of this "man-made species" (yes, there were big discussions about this phrase!). The seeds were distributed and grown, and the resulting plants cross-fertilized again, etc. Now, that was around 15 years ago. Ivan informed me that he lost the plant. I had to give up all my plants in 2008 (only now getting back into things, as you might have read already in my intro thread). So far, I haven't managed to track down anyone who is still growing it. Should this jewel be lost entirely? We can, of course, always twist Dr FrankenSnyder's arm to re-create it... ;) but it would be very cool to find a descendent of the originals! So, if you're growing the plant, or know of anyone who does or might, please let me know! Oh, and if anyone remembers all this from back then and happens to have a photo, please post it! Alas, I never made one (stupid, I know, but these were different times). There's a black-and-white photo going with the CPN article linked to above. Cheers, Marcus
  7. It changed a lot—just like the whole community. So many more people seem to be involved now. And so many more resources (both for information and plants) are available. It's quite exciting who active the scene is!
  8. This is Sarracenia "maroon": (source: Don't put any water in the pitchers of this plant. All that will happen is that they topple over. I don't think you will help the plant in any way by filling it up with water. (Disclaimer: I've never grown this particular creature. I'm generalising from similar hybrids.) Fill the S. purpurea pitchers with distilled, or RO, or rain water, up to just below the rim, if you want. They may profit from it (if they get the chance to catch any insects.)
  9. Oh, wow, look: I found a trace of my previous presence on this forum, from 2005—so, from before I quit CPs for seven years! I had forgotten about getting these plants in the benefit auction, until I just stumbled across it now. Wow, blast from the past!
  10. Thanks, Richard! Cheers, Marcus
  11. Thank you, thank you all! And, Hi again, Mark! :)
  12. Hi all! I've grown carnivorous plants (in their hundreds—mainly Utricularia, Sarracenia, Drosera) for 10+ years—but that's a while ago, when I still lived in Bonny Scotland. Some of you might remember me from the mad chase for Slack's Sarracenia cv. 'Lochness' which was believed to be lost. (I found it, after more than five years, in 2005.) In 2008, I had to give up my large collection when I moved to the US. I still live in the US, but I'm frequently in the UK and in Europe. I'm finally getting back into CPs now, although I don't think I'll be able to go as crazy again as I used to. I was in the CP listserv back in the day. (Anyone remember that?) I think I was a member of this forum once upon a time, but if I was, my account fell prey to the Great Purge ;-) so I signed up anew. I'm hoping to reconnect with some old friends online, and make new ones. I've got a bunch of nice Sarracenia for a start, including some six month old Sarr seedlings I started; a handful of Mexican pings, a few Drosera and and terrestrial Utricularia, a tiny ceph, the obligatory VFT—all courtesy of old and new friends. I love this community. I hope it won't be too long before I can give back to it. I'll post a grow list when there's a point to it. Looking forward to chatting with you! Cheers, Marcus