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    Another hybrid I haven't yet posted about: D. spatulata "Royal Natl. Pk. Sydney" x anglica Oregon. A successful remake of D. x nagamotoi
    D. spatulata "Royal Natl. Pk. Sydney" x anglica Oregon by hawken.carlton, on Flickr

    Also, not sure if the filiformis-side cross with the intermedia Easton took ,but I may have a second shot, and there is a second All Red flower stalk coming up, so if it survives I may be able to cross it with my now-flowering intermedia Mt. Roraima, and produce a true tropical x hybrida!
    Also still holding fingers crossed that one of my capensis plants and maybe affinis or madagascariensis will flower again so I can cross those with the filiformis. Exciting times indeed....
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    what photoperiod do you use for flowering your sundews? what kind of lights do you have?

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    I just use regular 2 or 4 foot T8 shop lights. They stay on for about 16 1/2 hours of the day, actually, from 6 in the morning to 10:30 at night. I'd like to have stronger lights of course, to increase color and flowering of the rarer species, but college students are limited on funds....
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    Another new hybrid showing its characteristics now, D. aliciae x sp. Lantau Island. The reverse cross is also sprouting ,but much younger at this point
    D. aliciae x sp. Lantau Island by hawken.carlton, on Flickr
    I also had this guy pop up in a pot with D. anglica "Alakai Swamp HI" plants. Some D. spatulata "Royal Natl. Pk. Sydney' seeds spilled in too, but this guy doesn't match their growth pattern either. I'm guessing it's an anglica hybrid, but until it matures I have no clue
    D. anglica Hawaii hybrid by hawken.carlton, on Flickr
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    I must say that you have done a fantastical thing here.

    I'm really, really curious what their colors would be like if the lighting intensity was high, and feeding low?

    This is so awesome, and you've done an amazing job. How do you keep track of it all?

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    When it comes to sundews, I like to keep them robust over worrying about color, so I don't slack on the feedings. And there's only a few species that the color is really affected by less food.
    After 9 or so years of growing things, you tend to form a very good memory of what everything is and where, and lists are helpful too. Colored threads are the only thing helping me remember which hybrids are which on the flower stalks too.
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    Yeah they will grow much slower without regular feeding, sometimes it's worth it imo. I love feeding dews though, it's seemingly really calming.

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    Forgot to post these pics here since the last couple weeks were hectic, but I have an exciting new hybrid that I have confirmed: D. affinis x spatulata "white flower"
    D. affinis x spatulata "white flower" by hawken.carlton, on Flickr
    D. affinis x spatulata "white flower" by hawken.carlton, on Flickr

    The plant has the climbing pattern and elongate leaves of the pod parent, but wider, spoon-shaped leaves of spatulata and a more compact growth form. Even while small it's very attractive.

    Also, recent hybridization attempts include the successful harvest of D. intermedia Easton, MA x filiformis "FL All Red" seeds, and crosses in both directions of FL All Red with typical capensis, and ongoing new crosses with my now-flowering D. ultramafica x spatulata, which appears to be producing viable seed.
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