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Thread: Utrics are taking over my pots and they're becoming a nuissance

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    Exo, thanks for the id.

    devon- i can't even fathom doing that, lol. I suppose if it gets insanely bad it could attempt that. Soooooo much work though and I'd have to throw out all of the Utricularia-infested media that I spent hours rinsing, etc whinewhinewhine

    Frilleon- it wasn't a problem until I compacted down the peat and sand in all my pots so that they wouldn't dry out as much while I'm gone at school for months at a time. My mom fills up my trays once a week or whenever she remembers, so I didn't want to take any more risks of any of a pot completely drying up. Now that it is constantly moist, those Utrics just thrive and take over. An example of the issues I have is when 10 flower stalks popped up at once in-between the leaves of my D. neocaledonica, and pretty much smothered it until I came back home and rescued it. It wouldn't be as bad if I was home more often to check on them.

    kgrudz- i would have no problem sending you some for shipping costs, ie about a buck- I'll ship some in a small centrifuge tube so that I don't have to use a bubble mailer. Otherwise you can send a sase and I can send you some in May

    amph- sounds like a beautiful form of bisquamata lol. wise choice to not let those things take over your nice collection!

    Dashman- i wouldn't be suprised lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    Is subulata latin for dandelion?
    Yes it is!

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    They never, never, never go away. Even if you give most of them away !!
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    Once you have them, you'll probably always have them. Not much you can do about it. If you don't want them to jump pots, just rip up the flowers.

    I rather like them myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermopolis View Post
    Once you have them, you'll probably always have them. Not much you can do about it.
    Depending on the species you grow & how persistent you are, it is possible to rid yourself of this plague ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hermopolis View Post
    If you don't want them to jump pots, just rip up the flowers.
    U. subulata is notorious for producing cleistogamous flowers so you also have to be very aware of any stalk, no matter how moss-like it appears....
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    Plant something even more invasive, larger and aggressive: U. livida. :P
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    no burden heavier than that of conscious life. "
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    Well overall it sounds fairly hopeless lol.
    I'd be more persistant, but I'm away for months at a time and so they have a lot of time to conquer new territory before I'm able to check back on them.

    lol brokken, I'll be sure to stay as far away from that species as possible!

    Ron- I was wondering what was up with those odd stalks that never opened up into a normal flower. cleistogamous ********! hope i can say here, it just sounds funny
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    As a general rule, if it's a yellow Utricularia and starts to appear in every pot you have, it's U.subulata. They are a pest and many CP growers will not purchase them for this reason. Unfortunately though, they sometimes appear in pots of plants that you receive from other people.

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