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    Maiden's Heliamphoras

    Some of my Heliamphoras.

    Some of them are from seeds i produce myself, the others are from Germany, France, CZE and Canadian private growers.
    A seed grown heli, in normal conditions, take from 3 to 5 years to make his first flower. From my experience, hybrids push flowers faster than species.
    The ones i got already matures, or big juveniles, can push a flower after around 1 or 2 years of culture.

    I found that pollination is very easy, a lot more than i expected to. If you have only a couple seeds in your pods, try to pollinate the same flower several times a day, for 2-3 days. This will mimic the natural pollination on tepuys. When the stigma tip is brownish, the job is done, but keep adding pollen. This should bring a bigger seeds batch.

    Germination can be picky. The best way i found is sowing the seeds in ultra lowland conditions. (day/nigh 35/25C), full of direct sun, 100%RH)
    Right after the sproutings, i bring them back in my highland setup, with the adult plants.

    My growing conditions are:

    RH90%+
    Temperatures Winter (day/night) 23/8-12C - Summer 23/15-17C
    Roots temperatures always under 17C
    A VERY slow airflow.
    Lighting T5 tubes 6400K (12 total) 48inches with nano reflectors, very close to the plants.
    Soil mix: 50/25/25 peat/perlite/oak chunks
    Distilled water, 2 times a week, top watering. No standing water.

    I feed my little guys once a week, from april to november.
    I wrote many articles on how to feed carnivorous plants. The best way IMHO, for heliamphoras, is dust feeding with DBWs. Bacterias can break down the prey faster, because its only dust.
    For example, on ICPS:
    International Carnivorous Plant Society

    Or on FTC:
    Feed a Venus Fly Trap - FlytrapCare.com

    Here my pictures :-)

    Heliamphora minor var pilosa (Cerro la luna, Auyan, different clones)

    Heliamphora minor var pilosa Clone A (I got this one very little(3-4 medium pitchers, this is only 10 months later)


    Heliamphora minor var pilosa Clone C


    Heliamphora minor var pilosa Giant



    Heliamphora minor var pilosa Clone B


    Heliamphora minor var pilosa Clone A


    Heliamphora minor var pilosa


    Heliamphora minor var pilosa Clone A


    Heliamphora minor var pilosa Clone A


    Heliamphora minor "Burgundy-black" (Cold nights(around 10C) bring amazing coloration!)


    Heliamphora minor "Burgundy-black"


    Heliamphora minor "Burgundy-black"


    Heliamphora minor "Burgundy-black"


    Heliamphora minor "Big Orange"


    Heliamphora minor "Big Orange"


    Heliamphora hispida


    Heliamphora ceracea


    Heliamphora ceracea, another clone very young.


    Heliamphora minor "Selection 1"


    Heliamphora minor "Selection 1"


    Heliamphora minor "Selection 1"


    Heliamphora pulchella Amuri


    Heliamphora pulchella Akopan


    Heliamphora pulchella Akopan


    Heliamphora pulchella Akopan


    Heliamphora pulchella Akopan


    Heliamphora parva


    Heliamphora parva


    Heliamphora parva


    Heliamphora parva


    Heliamphora parva


    Heliamphora parva


    Now my favorite specie, H.minor var minor !
    Mixed pictures from Auyan and Cerro la luna clones

    Heliamphora minor var minor


    Heliamphora minor var minor


    Heliamphora minor var minor


    Heliamphora minor var minor


    Heliamphora minor var minor


    Heliamphora minor var minor


    Heliamphora minor var minor


    Heliamphora minor var minor


    Heliamphora minor var minor
    (This picture won many photo contests, even the National Geographic photo 2014 contest)


    On that minor, you can see what kind of coloration COLD nights can bring ! And the growing speed is not at all affected. Of course, i speak from my experience only, and only on h.minor clones.


    Various heliamphoras




    Some heliamphora seeds pods growing. The key here is to wait until they get very dry on the stalk before harvesting.




    Heliamphora 0-4 months old seedlings, various crosses and species made by me







    1 year old seedlings
    All these seedlings on this picture came from the same seeds pod. You can clearly see the different lids, i just CANT wait to see the mature pitchers.


    My next seeds batchs (parva, minor var minor), can you spot the cultivars?



    No need to reply to this thread guys, but thanks for looking !

    Cheers !

    Francois
    Last edited by Maiden; 10-02-2015 at 08:46 PM.

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    So awesome!!!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Amazing plants!
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    Thanks guys :-)

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    Heliamphora by dals009, on Flickr

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    What do you feed them?

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    Maiden is pretty busy now a days with his job. So he may respond late but here's an article he wrote.

    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/how...dingDBWSBS.php

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    Grinded dryed blood worms :-)

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    AMAZING!!!

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    H.minor var minor auyan


    Last edited by Maiden; 03-29-2015 at 01:31 PM.

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