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    I'm looking for one! Any one know where I can get one?
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    Hey Neppie,
    Havron (Shawn) sent me some, which I quickly killed. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] BUT, a 1 inch piece survived and now fills up the whole length of a ten gallon aquarium! This is just a single plant...and I'm not sure if it would be possible to divide it...hmm...

    You may want to PM havron about it. I have not seen him on the forums lately (but I have yet to check general discussions), however.

    But be warned! U. radiata is not easy to grow. It requires a larger container, at least ten gallons but ideally, bigger. It is sensitive to algae and hates humans, particularly me. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    Cultivation: thoroughly mix one cup peat per gallon of pure water. Shawn suggests using 1/2 cup instead. Because Shawn's and D'Amato's opinions conflict, I actually use 3/4 cup. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Pour this mix into the container and just leave it there for at least a few days, allowing it to clear and adopt the yellowish complexion safe for U. radiata. After the water clears, carefully add the plant--don't dump it in!

    It is a much better idea to NOT put the tank in sunlight--algae will form fairly quickly, killing the plant unless you act fast. Instead, use cool white fluorescent bulbs. I'm using only two in fear of algae, but four bulbs would probably be better.
    Keep the tank in a room with an average temp; a cool room (e.g., a bedroom) would be best.

    Then there are Co2 generators...I'm not going to advocate the use of one because 1) U. radiata does not appear to need one and 2) the yeast generator is what killed my original plants. The infamous 'siphon' ocurred, which brought yeast into the tank, causing algae to form, killing most of the small plants I had just received.

    Ironically, a siphon is also what I used to remove the algae-infused water from the tank. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Do not fertilize! The dreaded algae, remember. However, U. radiata will not grow well unless it is fed, preferably with Daphnia, available here. Use D. pulex, not sp. magna.

    I'm not trying to discourage you, but aquatic utrics are notoriously tough to grow. See here.

    Good luck!

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    Chris,

    To divide your utric (I'm not saying you should or anything [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] ) snip it in half with a pair of scissors. Only a few inches of main stem are needed, each will continue growing. I've done this a few times with my u. foliosa, It's a fun and easy way of getting more plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    -noah

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    Hey Noah,

    Thanks, I will try that. So it would be possible to divide it into many pieces, providing they are all *living* growth? The total length, BTW, is about 18". You see, one end of the plant is the growth point, which appears to have stopped; the other end is a couple inches of dead, old material. Ideally, I'd like to divide it so that 1) the tank has more than one plant of radiata and 2) Neppie can have some if still interested. If you don't grow radiata, you are welcome to an eventual cutting as well. Again, thanks.

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    Neppie, Chris

    You might want to check with Tamlin I think he grows this species and his aquatic cultivation method was excellent from the few times I have talked with him about it.

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    poophead has some , i traded him my S. purpurea for a few , but I have too much of a small amount to trade or give away .

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    Hi Chris,

    You will want a few inches of live stem. There are the little "branches" coming off of the stem, shoots come off the main stem here if it is seperated from the main growing point. Does this make sense?

    ---$---$--- / -$----$---$-- / --$---$---$#

    / = cut
    --- live stem
    $ = sittle "branchy fronds" with traps. This is also where the stem will sprout.

    # main growing point.

    This may not be how your plant looks, but that's how my u. foliosa looks and I believe this is the basic structur of most aquatic utrics.

    Hope this helps,

    noah

    p.s. I would be interested in some if it works [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hey Noah,

    YOU WANT U REDIATA!!! OHH JESA!! i could give you all you need mwhahahahah! just tell me what you are willing to trade for it, oh i know, remmeber we set up a trade for a D. multifida.. i would be extremely happy with that, or D. Dichatoma Giant... or D. Multifida Extrema... doesnt matter, i am looking to start a collection of forked sundews... soo tell em what you think, i can send you at least a foot even more...

    Cya Laters
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