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  1. Its been getting hotter then usual where I live 105+ and my A/C on my chamber is on nearly all day and the temps are still ok but they're definitely little higher then I'm able to keep them in the cooler months, 76-77 vs 78-79 now. I've heard of using Dyna-Gro Pro-tekt silicon 0-0-3 to help with better heat tolerance. Has anyone tried this with their highland nepenthes? I'm wondering if this could give aid to those of use growing HL's in desert conditions. I've just got some in to try it out a few neps I have multiples of. Thoughts? thanks, Jess
  2. so impressive! its all the classics as they should be grown and displayed. Well done
  3. I like how tubby that lowii is, mine all seem much more truncate....
  4. that is magnificent ! I love seeing this behavior expressed captivity.
  5. Some better pics of my red flush highland truncata with the LEDs turned off. You can see all the nectar all over the pitcher, peristome and lid. Of all the types of truncata I've grown over the years this one seems to secrete the most nectar. When I recently pruned off all the dried out pitchers and leaves I picked up the pot and it was very sticky like it have dried syrup all over it.
  6. Whoa, such a great find! the nurseries around where I live barely know what a VFT is let alone sell cps. Thats quite a lucky find especially being so large and mature.
  7. Was doing my fertilizing today so I decided to take some pics as well, N. robcantleyi N. truncata "red flush highland" N. veitchii x burbidgeae I'm really into N. peltata right now but mine is in an awkward place to take pictures so these are the best I can do. My pelota is doing crazy leaf jumps right now so I'm pretty excited about it. Anyone know how big they have to get before N. peltata starts becoming more squat and tubby?
  8. Wow, I want a N. pitopangii so badly.
  9. Yes I love how squat some of them are great growing!
  10. how do you tell the difference? I have a Vigorous-Clumping I got from a grower in Puerto Rico. I will post pics but it won't be for awhile as I'm away from from home.
  11. beautiful! anytime I see a ceph with lots of non carnivorous leaves I always thing "its cuttings time".
  12. I have several types of sphag, but I do notice no matter which type it is the places that get less light the sphag is less dense and bushy and grows more open and stringy, almost like its etiolated. If I try and move it from low light to higher light directly, it just bleaches and dies. I have to slowly acclimate it to the brighter light to get it to grow dense and bushy. When I do cutting I too prefer the live sphag method as its essentially maintenance free. I just stick the cutting in there are wait for it to grow. If I have enough live sphag on hand I'll just pot it up in whatever pot I plan to have the plant in long term and set it aside and let it do its thing. The problem I've had with the cup of water method is remembering to change the water. Even when keeping the water fresh I've still lost some cuttings to rot however.
  13. very nice! what led are you using? the coloration is perfect IMO
  14. Yeah, I always thought they probably do grow faster in the wild, too. For example, my N. kinabaluensis is almost 4 years old and its barely the size of a quarter. I can't imagine a wild one being that small for that long without some wildlife or weather related happenstance taking the seedling out....
  15. that petiolata is so nice! any more pics of it?
  16. Today I had to repot two neps that had out grown their little seedling pot, and being as these species seemed to be so closely related I thought it might be of interest to do a root comparison set of photos for anyone interested. N. robcantleyi close up N. truncata "HL red" close up Side by Side comparison, N. truncata "HL red" on the left and N. robcantleyi on the right.
  17. That seems like a logical assumption, as will all organisms and wild reproduction it usually boils down to a numbers game.... Still it amazes me. Sanders good point and I totally agree.
  18. I was wondering those of you that have seen nepenthes in situ, how are the seedlings germinating and reaching maturity in the wild do you think? The reason I ask is because it seems I have to be quite diligent with my tiny seedlings and about every two or three weeks carefully remove any of the various sphagnum mosses and small weeds that may have grown over and crowded the small new seedling. Especially my tiny slow growing ones like the SG macros, villosas, and lowiis. How would these small nep seedlings grow and out compete the surrounding vegetation when they're so slow? Also in the wild they would have a lot larger variety of plants trying to out compete them. Not just the 3-4 different types of moss I have growing around them. Thanks for any input, Jess
  19. Good looking N. glandulifera. I love that species and how hairy and sticky with nectar it can get. I was just pruning mine the other day and the pot literally felt like someone had poured syrup all over it.
  20. I've been growing this oddish hybrid and I was wondering who else is? I'd love to see what everyones looks like. Mine is still small but has put on some good size in the last few months. That largest pitcher is about 4-5". Has anyone observed uppers on this plant yet?
  21. YES, When I was in grade school here in the USA we had to do similar things, no smocks and teeth brushing. But clean up and help with serving was normal. I completely agree with your statement. This is what is lacking in modern US schools right now (not sure how it is in the UK), everything is done for you and the students expect this is all aspects of life....
  22. there are litany of much nicer and interesting plant you could buy with that amount of poundage.
  23. Glad I could help, As for the coffee strength thats hard to quantify. I do like a strongish brew, similar to the types of coffee I sampled when traveling to Florence, Italy. I do slightly dilute it with some RO/DI water. The coffee I add monthly along with the maxsea to the neps I mentioned. Then the rest just get the Maxsea on a monthly basis as well. I forgot to mention I do flush the pots about three days after each fertilizing session.
  24. I grow all my HL neps in live sphag and a few other ingredients. I routinely fertilize with Maxsea 16-16-16 at 1/4 strength and have no issues withe the sphagnum, the sphagnum seems to thrive quite nicely. A few of the neps (macro,villosa,eddy,rajah,trusmadiensis,kinabaluensis) get coffee as well. This has no effect on the growth of the sphagnum but it does turn some of the tips of the sphagnum a brownish black which I assume is from the moss up taking the coffee particulate.