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    San Diego Nep Newb

    Whaddup everyone. I'm Daniel. I figured I'd introduce myself as I plan on becoming an active member of this forum. To be honest, this is the first forum I have ever participated in, and as such I am a forum newb too. My main interest in CP's are Nepenthes, but I have a few Cephalotus F. plants as well. I also like the North American Pitcher Plants and Heliamphora, but I have neither. My interest in CP's was first sparked by a random trip to Home Depot a little over a year ago. I have always had a green thumb (growing vegetables) growing up, but I never really knew much about CP’s. So anyway, I found myself in the garden center of Home Depot paying for some random items, when a VFT display case caught my eye. I had only tried keeping a VFT once before (around age 10), when me and my cousin got the bright idea to feed it a chunk of the greasiest hamburger meat ever made. The plant obviously died, and I soon became disinterested in what I then believed to be finicky plants. Keep in mind I was 10. So I thought about it, and figured for a couple of bucks I can give a new plant a try and maybe save it from its constraining cup/terrarium/coffin. I also figured I was a little more intelligent than when I was at 10. So in a classic impulse buy, I snagged a VFT from the case right next to the register. Crafty Sons'a'guns. When I got home I put the plant near a sunlit window and started the googlage. I learned all about VFT requirements, and then I stumbled onto an online CP store. I started by checking out the different VFT’s and then the Nepenthes caught my eye. I had never seen such crazy looking plants. So naturally, I whipped out the plastic debt-creator, and ordered two interesting-looking hybrids: N. Marbled Dragon, and N. Sabre. By the time they arrived I had read up on them enough to feel confident about being able to take care of them. And I did manage to take decent enough care of them. I made my ghettorariums out of an oversized pot, and its accompanying cheap clear plastic water reservoir. I simply placed the plastic reservoir over the top of the pot (offset for ventilation) and presto I had my humidity. I kept these plants for approximately 3 months before I had to move to a different house a few miles away. By this time I had added a couple other Neps (a Truncata and Ventricosa), to the CP mix. With those came a freebie drosera spatulata and binata (x2? = binata binata?). So I gathered my plants up and moved everything into the new house with my two roommates and one of their dogs. Previously we had no pets, so I did not have to worry about anyone messing with my plants. Shortly after moving into the new house I was repotting my N. Sabre and my VFT in the backyard. I left the dog outside for less than 30 seconds as I ran upstairs to grab something. I came back to a crime scene. The dog managed to maul the VFT to shreds and had ripped every pitcher off the Sabre and most of the roots. When I saw her she was tearing the leaves off of it. Words cannot describe how pissed I was. I must have barely turned my back to go upstairs before she began killing the plants. Even then, she had to defy the laws of physics to do so much damage in so little time. If she wasn’t so ugly/cute (boxer puppy), I probably would have euthanized her with a .45. Haha JK, I’m no Mike Vick. Anyway, the good news is, the Sabre actually recovered (with plenty of TLC), but unfortunately the VFT died and I have yet to buy another. I have a couple of pics of the Sabre recovering, but the earliest shot is some 5 to 6 months after the murder attempt, when I got my digital camera. I’m going to attempt to post a few pics… but keep in mind I’m new and it will probably just end up as a bunch of source code . BTW sorry for ranting, it’s just that I’ve already read so much from the regulars around here I figured I would tell my story too.

    This is my “Shelving By Design” Grow Rack (Purchased only a couple of days ago). I had been wanting these shelve types for so long (before the CPs) but could not find them until I came to this forum lol. Lowes pwns Home Depot (Lowes is a bit out of the way for me but worth it). Excuse the fire/shock hazard above the larger tank. I just put in two more lights on the very top and they came with short cords. I’m going to get an extension cord soon. Oh yea, the lights are off in this picture.


    This is the larger tank up close, a 40 Gallon Breeder with a few different Neps in there.


    Here is the 20 Gallon High with water and an ultrasonic fogger on the bottom. (I got the idea for the pots to raise the eggcrate from the JLAP (the pill popper?)… You know the guy that has a post in almost every thread… Heheh thanks for that.


    Keep in mind it’s hot as balls in San Diego right now (the T5 doesn’t help). This should be the last heat wave though, and then maybe I can coax the Rajah into making some pitchers for me.
    If these pictures show up I will look into taking some of my plants for suggestions on improvement. I have a rafflesiana v. elongata I just got recently with the growth tip snapped and looking like a beat up prostitute. I contacted the store, about a week ago , and they have yet to get back to me . I have a couple of other plants I would be interested in some feedback on as well. Anywho, I'm looking forward to getting to know all you fellow addicts. I think you're all just as sick as me and even sicker.


    Edit: Well, well, well. A convenient little Preview Post button. I feel like a freakin' luddite over here, and I know my way around a computer. I guess I just never found anything forum worthy until now

    - Daniel
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    Welcome Daniel. Are you in the Army? Beaten up prostitute


    The only thing I can suggest is to get bigger aquariums! Those things will be overflowing in no time! You may not even need them in SD.

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    Two flies one pitcher. Minus the crap eating. obregon562's Avatar
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    welcome!

    id the beaten prostitue still is green, it should recover!
    "It's easy to rip on cops, when you aren't the one needing saving"

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    Welcome!
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    Doing it wrong until I do it right. xvart's Avatar
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    Welcome! Glad to have you here. This is certainly a good forum to get started on. Looks like you've got a pretty good setup going on.

    xvart.
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    Hey guys thanks for the comments .
    JLAP - Lol, nah I'm not in the army, I was just up way too early today and a little bitter about my raff. Those were the only words that came to mind to describe it Oh yea, I plan on removing the tanks and humidity domes once it cools down some and I can put the front cover of the grow rack down. I also need some more plants to increase the humidity in there(then again, don't we all?). San Diego is fairly Humid, but inside the house the humidity actually drops off some. I am experimenting with growing some Ventratas on a windowsill and outside right now to see how they will do (Before risking my other neps). I know a few people grow outside here, or at least so I've heard on this forum, but San Diego has a pretty dynamic climate in the area that it covers. I am slightly inland.

    Obregon - The beaten up Pro is still green, but it's small and the growth tip is dying off (it had fibrous milky threads barely connecting it, so I left it on so it may reclaim it's nutrients if possible... This is just a theory from other plant types). Also, two of the leaves were snapped, and the snapped off part is slowly dying. The other leaves looked like they got herpes or something. Theres a few rust? spots on them and some burned parts. Luckily the plant had an extensive root structure for its small size, so hopefully it should bounce back.

    Maxposwillo - Thanks bud

    Xvart - Sorry about the inappropriate censorship again. Thx for the hospitality, I have been reading this forum for the last month or so, and have gotten some really great ideas. Hopefully my setup will expand by another 20 or so Neps by the end of this year. Anywho, I gotta go run a few errands, but when I come back I'm gonna try to post a few more pics of some plants and the pro (raff v. E).

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    Doing it wrong until I do it right. xvart's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sehtnepen View Post
    Hopefully my setup will expand by another 20 or so Neps by the end of this year.
    I hope so too!

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    Here is my Rafflesiana V. Elongata. It is hard to say whether it is bouncing back or declining, as I got it very recently and the parts that were snapped during shipping are slowly turning brown. Hopefully this is a good sign, as it seems the plant is indeed reclaiming its nutrients from the snapped parts (as opposed to dying off fast). I could however be absolutely wrong. Let me know what you think. (Note the wilting growth tip). Poor lil' guy.



    I tried contacting the distributor via their website, but I haven't gotten around to calling them. For 20$ i really need to if this plant takes a crap on me.

    BTW sorry for the distributor tag in the pic. Does this violate the no-CP Store-websites rule? I can take another pic if so. I tried not to include it, but this picture showed the status of the plant the best.

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