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    I've got my utrics growing in those 3" round and 1" high clear plastic "drain trays" that people put under their houseplants to keep extra water from running out of the pot and ruining your coffee table or something. I poked holes in the bottom of these so the water level can rise and fall as the sundew terrariums waterlevel evaporates and gets refilled I don't have the plastic tray sides blacked out though, is that really necessary? I ask because It's not very light inbetween the "pots" since they're packed so closely together in the terrarium.
    My best growing utric is in the D. capensis pot and came as an unknown hitchhiker. The whole pot is densely covered in 1/4" long/1 mm lance shaped leaves (which come to an abrupt point) there's about 10 flower scapes. The flowers look like they are pure white but don't seem to open all the way or if they do are very tiny, only about 1 mm. The traps are about 0.5mm diam. with a round profile.

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    Josh,

    I'm almost willing to bet your hitch hicker is U. subulata. Do the scapes form seed pod with out flowers?

    If it is subulata I highly recommend you keep that pot far far away from your other Utrics, subulata has a real bad tendancy to jump pots and strangle out other Utrics.
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    The scapes on the U. "D. Capensis hitch hikerii" look like they're about to flower, then they poke out a bit of white "something or other" (like a white fuzzy tongue but not really a flower) then they blow up like tiny grey/green ballons.Is that similar to subulata's antics? I sure don't wanna ruin the others, esp calycifida and tricolor (thanks again Tamlin-these guys do still live! ) which have interesting leaves.
    I'm very new to utrics and just have a basic starter selection of terrestrials and of course gibba. Are there other "weed utrics" I must be wary of like subulata?

    I currently have the following:
    U. tricolor
    U. calycifida
    U. simplex*
    U. caerulea *
    U. sandersonii*
    U. livida*
    U. "D. Capensis hitch hikerii"
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    I have a few more Utrics on the way in the next week or so(diff source this time):
    U. alpina
    U. bisquamata
    U. graminifolia
    U. nana
    U. praelonga

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    Sounds like subulata to me. The tricolor and calycifida will probably be okay as they are larger and their leaves will grow over any subulata leaves, I would just be careful of your smaller species.
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    I hear that bisquamata can be a self seeder/sower, and I have had lateriflora show up in other pots, fortunately of Drosera species!
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    Interesting, I also have a pot of an unknown Utricularia, which seems to form seed without flowering. Oddly enough, mine also came with a capensis (2 years ago). Luckily, mine was separated from my other plants a while ago because of aphids, and it has since grown out all holes in the pot, and spread into the water tray. To be honest, I wasn't even sure if it was a utric, or some other weed, and I don't pay much attention to the plant. It's never really flowered, but I've never flooded it either, maybe I'll give it a try and see what happens. Anyone know how to get it to actually flower, if it is a U. subulata

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    I think that we are being too wishy washy here: if you have a hitchhiker utric with fine stolons producing cleistogomous flowers, then it *is* U. subulata. There is no maybe about it.

    Anyway, chris once told me (and she may want to speak for herself here), that she had good results getting it to flower by growing it in a sealed glass jar.

    I only ever had it flower properly once, and I can't think of any reason why it woulf have happened.

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    I can't get mine to stop flowering. I think some clones are naturally more cleistogamous than others. Mine flowers best when the medium begins to approach dry rather than moist, and more often outside in full sun and in high humidity. It's because of those flowers that I am not more vigorous in my removal of it. It is a vile weed. I always have to remind myself of this, but those flowers!
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