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    I tried to take some pics today as the humidity in the greenhouse is a bit lower so the camera doesn't instantly fog up the moment I turn it on.

    I tried taking some pics of a new aristolochioides upper, but as it was up near the roof of the greenhouse there was too much light and it was awfully overexposed. However, one of the basal shoots had put out a cute little lower pitcher, and in the pic you can see the slight ribbing of the peristome. I hadn't really noticed it until I looked at the pic on the computer.



    Here's a pic of one of the hundreds of veitchii seedlings I have. They were sown on 30 March 2004 and germinated on 12 August 2004, so the one pictured is just over 9 months old. You can even see the little hairs on the leaves.



    Even when they're tiny, seedlings of many Nepenthes species are distinguishable.

    Cheers, Hamish
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    looks nice!


    100's of seedlings... if only one was so fortunate!
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    Hi Hamish
    Very nice and as Flip said oh to be so lucky [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Bye for now Julian

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    Don't worry, you don't feel so fortunate when you have to transplant hundreds of tiny seedlings into their own pots. It is a delicate, fiddly task. A couple of months ago I potted up about 250 seedlings of various species, it took me an entire weekend, and completely did my head in! I've got more than 1,000 seedlings of different species to do in spring, not counting the seed I sowed last month. Oh, and eventually they stop being seedlings and start consuming every spare millimetre of space. At the moment I'm in serious denial [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] The things we do in the name of conservation [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    Hi Hamish
    Now that is a fiddly job.What sort of planting media do you use if your planting so many.In your extensive collection do you have any favourites?
    Bye for now julian

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    I use mainly sphagnum, I find that just about all species grow well in it, and its moisture retention properties mean I don't need to water often (which is important in Sydney with water restrictions and declining reservoir levels).

    As for favourites, the patriot in me has to go for rowanae and a very red form of mirabilis we have here. It's tempting to go for the showy species like veitchii, hamata, villosa or edwardsiana but there are many other species that are appealing due to their simplicity, elegance or delicateness. Various forms of tentaculata, sp.1 Sumatra from BE, ampullaria, even ventricosa has charm. I've got an old ventricosa growing at my back door that has survived everything thrown at it, and just seems to grow faster and stronger every year, not to mention having put out enough seed for every collector on the planet. And then there's the rogue, a dark maxima that I've hacked back several times, only to have it swiftly climb up an adjacent tree into my neighbour's garden to flower 4 metres up a tree where I can't get to the flowers.

    My main concern is conservation, so I try to avoid hybrids as much as possible so I can fit as many species and variants as possible, particularly peninsular Malaysian and Philippines species where the local habitat is being logged and developped into oblivion. I'd also like to explore PNG as not much work has been done there on Neps, but it's simply too dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]As for favourites, the patriot in me has to go for rowanae

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    I just recetly got one Nepenthes rowanae and it is my favorite plant as well. It has been even before I had one. And is proving to be a very fast grower for me. Do you grow many forms? also do you have pictures? Mine is just a small plant right now (6") but shouyld be of fair size in several months if it continues to grow at the rate it is now.
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    I cant provide conditions for a Rowanae mine have to be highland or intermediate im affraid.Your right about the good old Ventricosa its a lovely plant to grow and almost impossible to kill.
    Bye for now julian

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