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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (LLeopardGGecko @ Dec. 21 2005,4:39)]
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    Quote[/b] ]So when are more people going to start growing these plants??!!
    When I can find one!
    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Ya me to LLeopardGGecko, where can we get these dews, that pink is just stunning.. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] I like how round the pads are they remind me of little sticky suction cups.. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (LLeopardGGecko @ Dec. 21 2005,4:39)]
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    Quote[/b] ]So when are more people going to start growing these plants??!!
    When I can find one!
    The issue isn't when you can find one, the issue is whether you have a setup to make the plant happy (and therefore let it thrive).

    Many people see a D. falconeri in photos and expend huge effort to get one. They succeed and then have a dead/dying plant in a few months. (This is very similar to all the impulse pet purchases - birds, herps, etc). People do no research, make no investments in the right equipment and wonder why bad things happen..... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]

    From what I've seen, successful growers of this group are very generous with spare plants - often giving plants to others. If you were a successful grower, who would you give plants to?
    - a novice with excitement (& no setup)?
    - someone who has done the research and invested in a setup to keep the plants happy?

    I would love to help people get started with these plants. I've been on a mini-crusade to raise awareness of this group's tremendous beauty & diversity. I've had to temporarily stop dividing plants because I've run out of room - I have at least 4 plants with 2 or 3 growth points that I can't divide right now..... but I'm not willing to send plants to almost certain death.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/mad.gif[/img]
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    RL7836,

    Great looking plants! This summer I'm hoping to set a terrarium for Petiolaris-complex sundews. I have a question: Has anyone tried growing these sundews in a mix with laterite? I found a box of laterite at a local pet store that sells aquatic plants. It's the real stuff...imported from Australia. I want to try a 50:50 mix laterite and sand.

    Brian

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    There was a long thread here some time back about the laterite. Here it is. There are a few others, just type "laterite" into the search field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Pyro @ Dec. 21 2005,1:09)]There was a long thread here some time back about the laterite. Here it is. There are a few others, just type "laterite" into the search field.
    Pyro,
    You didn't quote the thread where you mention your own homemade laterite... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    The last post in that thread (from Tamlin) mentions:
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    Quote[/b] ] Often plants will go dormant when received, and it is then touch and go: for me, they have usually gone, so I am not the one to ask regarding emergency measures.
    I have had this happen twice to me - both times with plants from the same grower... The 1st time I lost a small D. ordensis. I kept it humid and warm and watched it slowly deteriorate ... and die... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    The 2nd time, I received several plants, all very healthy. Here's one of them (a D. broomensis - as I received it):

    The plants had very little shipping stress but started to deteriorate. Everything I did - didn't help.... I asked the maestro (Forbes) and he said he would also do what I'd done - but the next day he sent another email recommending a possible option - let them dry out and go dormant (if that's what they want). It really didn't feel right - take a plant that's dying and remove most of the moisture while keeping it under strong lights and decent heat.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] . Well, that's what I did and the 'rotting' that was creeping over the leaves stopped and the plants formed a bud similar to a D. rotundifolia hibernacula. Several weeks went by (maybe longer) and some of the D. broomensis leaves started to open. I proceeded to give it regular water amounts and stuck it under a humidity dome. It has continued to sprout new leaves and look 'alive'. This process has now happened with another D. broomensis and a D. derbyensis - so far with apparently good results. There's another larger D. derbyensis that hasn't shown any inclination to sprout leaves so I'm keeping it in a reduced water regime for now. Here's a current pic of it:

    I definitely don't feel like I'm out of the woods yet with these guys but at least it appears I'm heading in the right general direction.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] They keep trying to teach me, hopefully I can keep learning....
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    Updated pic showing how fast these guys can grow. These plants are from the 1st 3 pics on page 1 of this post. I combined the plants from the 1st 2 pics in the pot on the left. The pot on the right has't been touched. Since I really don't have the room to pot these up separately, they haven't been getting fed much...

    When the weather warms up, there's going to be a bunch of plants to trade... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Wow, you have got some really amazing plants there. I must admit that this is the first time I've seen D. derbyensis, even in picture; you really caught me off guard with that one! Keep up the good work! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    Wow you have great skill in growing these. My plants look weak in comparision...keep it up!

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