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James O'Neill

U. quelchii and others..

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It's been a while since I've been on the forum. I've been extremely busy with school and exams and painting etc. etc.

However, I thought I'd share about how some of my plants have done this winter.

The apple of my eye at the moment is my U. quelchii, that I got from Stephen Morley about a year and a half ago..or maybe it was 2 and half years ago...

Anyway, it has rocketed in growth and recently put forth not 1, not 2, but 3 flower scapes! The first is about to burst into flower which I am excited about.

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Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

The plant has developed an extremely dense underground system with many tubers and new growth points appearing everywhere.

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Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

The flower about to open

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Utricularia quelchii opening by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

My U. nelumbifolia has been putting on a good show as well with 4 flower scapes at once recently. Unfortunately one was snapped off by accident.

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U. nelumbifolia putting on a good show! by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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U. nelumbifolia putting on a good show! by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

The proliferation in flowering of both my reniformis and nelumbifolia has allowed me to be able to hybridise them; the seedlings are growing right now, it will be interesting to see how they turn out.

My windowsill Nepenthes have been doing well too. This could be because I had a sudden surplus of baby mice when 2 of my females became accidentally pregnant. Let's just say that I've got fewer mice now and my plants will be growing well for the next while... :devious:

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Nepenthes x 'Predator' by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Nepenthes maxima by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

My first ever upper pitcher :dance4:

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Nepenthes maxima 'mini' upper pitcher by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Nepenthes maxima 'long form' by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

My Cephalotus has also done me proud, from turning from a baby with tiny juvenile pitchers to a good sized plant with nice adult pitchers.

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Cephalotus by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

And my first ever Helimaphora is giving me a flower for the 2nd time and has grown massively since the last time it did so.

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Heliamphora nutans x glabra by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Wow, the quelchii is really extraordinary! And that growing setup you have made for your ceph looks really interesting. I have made some cuttings this year, must try it too. It is only sphagnum inside the basket or a soil mix?

Adam

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Awesome looking stuff Jim!..the quelchii looks very happy indeed!^^

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Congratulations on your utric successes - especially with your U. quelchii. My oldest plant has grown like a weed, but still no flowers --- aaargh!

If you are growing it in a terrarium - what do you use for a photoperiod? Does any light from outside illuminate the tank?

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Thankyou everybody. The cephalotus is growing in sphagnum in the basket only but with peat/perlite mix in the lower pot. It has grown much faster since I started growing it vertically; only in the last week has the plant on the top died for some reason, which has saddened me.

Congratulations on your utric successes - especially with your U. quelchii. My oldest plant has grown like a weed, but still no flowers --- aaargh!

If you are growing it in a terrarium - what do you use for a photoperiod? Does any light from outside illuminate the tank?

The quelchii grows on the south facing windowsill ;) no artificial light, just 100% natural light, and whatever temperatures the house is, it recieves also. With such growth as that, you're bound to get flowers some time!

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Everything looks so vigorous and colourful! Nice plants! :tu:

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With such growth as that, you're bound to get flowers some time!

Within days after you posted your response, I noticed a new stalk coming out of my pot. Within 2 weeks, there were 2 more! Hopefully I'll have some pics to share in the near future. :party:

Any more close-up pics of yours now that they've fully opened?

Edited by RL7836

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Cultivation impeccable, with the right to beautiful flowers of Utricularia and pretty Nepenthes pitchers.

The flowering of Heliamphora this a true masterpiece.

Best regards,

Rodrigo

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Thanks everybody!

Ron, that's very good, you must show pictures!

The quelchii grows in pure sphagnum and perlite. It is kept only damp, not very wet.

With the flowers now out (indeed the first one is starting to wither) and a blink of sun, I got some pictures today. The quelchii is only in the greenhouse for taking pictures, though I have moved the reniformis and nelumbifolia out there.

The camera does not quite capture the delicate shades of colour in the flowers, in the picture its like in your face bright crimson but in reality its lots of pinks and purples and shimmering reds, with a yellow-orange hue in the centre.

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Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Utricularia quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

My 3 currently flowering utrics, reniformis, nelubifolia and quelchii.

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U. reniformis, nelumbifolia and quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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U. reniformis, nelumbifolia and quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

Mouse exploring the greenhouse

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Mouse in quelchii by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

Things are starting to awaken for Spring.

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Drosera filiformis awakening by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Sarracenia alata flowers by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Sarracenia bench by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

A couple of old pitchers from last year

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Sarracenia leucophylla tarnok by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Sarracenia x excellens 'vinaigrette' by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

My N.hamata has sulked for quite a while after an infestation of spider mites, but he's just opened his first pitcher in a long time and he has more coming, which is good!

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Nepenthes hamata by JimbO'Neill, on Flickr

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Pretty flowers!

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