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Thread: The brighter side of Devils claw

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    I must admit, Devils claws have become my favorite non-CP. All I heard prior to owning some is that they stink. The fact is they only stink if you mess with them. They grow and mature incredibly fast. My first seedling has a flower and it still has it's starter leaves. And what a flower... I can see how they get the "Devil" part of their name. The flower bud looks just like a demon, complete with horns and everything. But when it opens, it is just beautiful. I put it next to an open window and now the whole house smells great. And it still has 3 more buds on it. Here are a few cell phone pics of it's first flower.





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    I like the shape and coloration of the flowers. Do you have them growing under fluorescents or under natural lighting?

    Still waiting for my seed to germinate.....stubborn little buggers!
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    At first I had them under about 130w of florescent lights and they did fine. But then one day as I was rearanging my plants I stuck them in a south window. They exploded with growth, I was shocked.

    I took a loooooong time for my seeds to germinate also. In fact I threw out some of the pots they were in because I was impatient. The ONE pot I left alone had three seeds in it and they all germinated the next day. I think they somehow saw what I did to the others and decided they better grow NOW [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I took a loooooong time for my seeds to germinate also.
    How long is "loooooong"? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Mine have been sowed for 6 weeks now.
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    i have heard seeds can take up to a year to germinate. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] i would love to grow these just because they are so unique! but i dont know if ill have the room. i might be able to grow it outside and close it off becase i have a golden retriever [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] . he dosent need to be a sticky retriever [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    i wish mine would have been able to get to that point! i had some outside and they began to bud then some darn animal pulled them up and toted them off [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

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    I now have two open flowers and about 6 more on the way. One of the flowers fell off and now the thing in the middle is swelling so I guess the bugs did their job.

    glider: The plants are not sticky at all. They look like they are but they arent. The more you touch them, the worse the smell gets. Your retriever would end up stinky instead of sticky.

    prizmbatch: I figure in a few months I will have a ton of seeds. If you want some send me a PM and I will send you some when they are ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]glider: The plants are not sticky at all. They look like they are but they arent. The more you touch them, the worse the smell gets. Your retriever would end up stinky instead of sticky.
    well considering he roles in cow poo that wouldnt be to bad. if they arnt sticky then what makes them quasi-carnivorous? i thought bugs decompose on the sticky leaves
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