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Hi there,

here are some pictures of this year - hope you enjoy them as much as I do!?

first some Nepenthes

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N. macrophylla Clone 5 made a 20cm pitcher

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Later this year

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N. lowii still much smaller (9cm pitchers), but one of my oldest plants.

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This pitcher also started to produce some sugar on its lid.

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One of my absolute favourites: N. villosa

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Together with a N. argentii, which finaly adapted to my conditions.

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N. edwardsiana is still small but growing quite fast. (lower right corner)

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And another small beauty: N. lowii x ephippiata

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some hairy stuff...

N. hurreliana

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N. hamata red hairy starts to get more hairy with size

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N. peltata made some nice pitchers during the warmer season of the year.

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N. sibuyanensis

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N. glabrata

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N. dubia Malea

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N. tenuis always hiding its pitchers

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A basal shoot of N. aristolochioides

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and a nice upper pitcher

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N. lamii (spec. Doorman's Top 1)

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Hydnophytum spec. Doorman 's Top

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Some nice Utricularia...

U. quelchii flowered the first time for me with 8 flower stalks in total

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U. jamesoniana is still alive on the bark after 3 years but not growing much larger

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Heliamphora side of the terrarium is nearly covered by my big H. ionasii clone

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In comparision my other clone

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H. glabra made its first adult pitcher - quite hairy outside!

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H. folliculata

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H. exappendiculata Araopan Tepui

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H. neblinae Cerro Aracamuni/Avispa

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H. minor var. pilosa

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Finaly two Drosera...

D. meristocaulis

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D. solaris with some D. hirticalyx next to it

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Cheers

Marc

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Hi Marc, your terrariums are fantastic, I particularly like you Heli collection and the U quelchii. Thanks very much for sharing this with us.

Cheers

Gaz

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Hi,

thanks for all those nice compliments!

@Adam: Till now I just grow a small unknown Tillandsia and a Pleurothallis leptotifolia on this lava rock. I have some other lava rocks, where I want to grow N. campanulata (one of my two lowland Nepenthes) on. It really suffers from the low temperatures and it's planed to give her an own small setup with LED light.

Kind regards

Marc

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First class plants and setup! Three questions:

1) What is the temperature range?

2) Do you use a cooling system?

3) Do you grow D peltata in there all year round?

Cheers,

Greg

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Hi Greg,

Thanks!

1)summer temperatures don't exeed 30 degree during the hottest days and go down to 16-22 (hottest days); in winter it's about 13-17 during the day and between 4-11 degree at night. That's why I can't really grow lowlanders in there...

2)till now I didn't use my cooling system (old fridge unit), but I currently just install another terrarium and the temperatures this summer got really too hot so I built a cooling system for both. I put the cooling part of the fridge into a large styropor box. On the lid i installed a fan and tubes which lead into both terrarium. Because of the cooling the air gets dry (condensation) that's why i also use my old fooger again to get the air humid!

Plus there are fans inside of the terrarium which blow about 15 min every hour.

3) Yes, I grow D. peltata all year round - meaning that I don't keep the pot dry. It all started with some seeds that fell into my U. alpina pot which then made seeds every year. Those fell everywhere - so it's more like weet! ;-)

Cheers

Marc

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Hi there,

here are some new pictures out of my two highland terrariums...

First an overview of my Heliamphora side of my big terrarium.

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Heliamphora minor var. pilosa

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Once I could observe an insect feeding on a pitcher of Heliamphora ionasii and had my camera ready.

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Heliamphora neblinae Cerro Avispa/ Arracamuni

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Heliamphora exappendiculata Araopan Tepui in flower

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A nice bromeliad from Amuri Tepui, probably a Racinaea spec..

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Utricularia mannii

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Utricularia campbelliana coming in flower soon

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And now some tuberous species...

Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa

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Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. imbicella

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Drosera heterophylla

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Drosera tubaestylis

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Utricularia menziesii

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Hope you like them...

cheers

Marc

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Perfect plants Marc.

Indeed, the big H. ionasi is just...big!

Congratulations and thanks for sharing. I do appreciate the Utricularia!

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Thanks for you nice compliments! Vince, you're absoletely right about the big ionasii... ;-)

It's a real beauty and I hope the pollination worked - I'm shure this will give some nice plants and interesting hybrids too!!!

cheers

Marc

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Once again, wonderful plants. I've never seen such an ionsaii! What lighting do you use? Also, the tank looks huge. Did you make it yourself?

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Hi,

thanks, I use some fog nuzzels to raise the humidity because my terrarium is not closed on top! But I still water most plants by hand. As lighting I use 3x 70W HCI. The terrarium is custom-made - I just removed the top glas. :D

Yes, this H. ionasii clone is the core of my collection and quite unique in shape and size! I also have another big clone, but it still has to grow a bit more... ;-)

Cheers

Marc

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Hi,

so far I can't tell you more about the cooling system I mentioned in here. The temperatures are now cold enough or even too cold for some Nepenthes - so I will test it this summer.

The cooling unit, which was carefully removed from an old fridge, is now in a large styropor box. This box is cooling down the air inside an then the air gets blown into the terrarium in combination with some foog to raise the humidity. It won't be as efficient as when I would place the cooling unit inside of the terrarium, as I did some years ago, but since I have now two terrarium I hope to get a certain cooling effect like this.

Cheers

Marc

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OK Marc thanks for the answer

just other two questions:

how large is the terrarium ?

what is the size of the tube whereby you move the air from the cool box to the terrarium ?

what is the temperature of the styropor box when it warks ?

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The bigger one is 1.2 x 0.6 x 1.2 (height) m and the smaller one is 1.2 x 0.5 x 0.7 (height) m. Styropor box measures about 0.4 x 0.5 x 0.4 m inside and is about 4-5cm thick. I "could" cool it to -12 °C or even more without airflow. I use a powerful 12 cm (12V) PC fan to blow air inside the box, which is then pushed into the tube which is first 10 cm in diameter and gets smaller (5cm) to be connected to the terrarium.

It won't be very efficient as long as I don't lead the air back from the terrarium into the styropor box, which is not possible for my setup.

We'll see in summer... ;-)

Cheers

Marc

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