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    I recall what my grandmother once said, "All...

    I recall what my grandmother once said, "All mushrooms are edible; but there are those that you eat only once . . ."
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    Once again, such paltry documentation. Couldn't...

    Once again, such paltry documentation. Couldn't you just take couple of snapshots -- would it be too much trouble?
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    "Sweet Jane," by the Velvet Underground, written...

    "Sweet Jane," by the Velvet Underground, written by the late great Lou Reed; still their best version . . .

    https://youtu.be/wFnOGrWOFB0
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    Wow, Spring has sprung. Everything looks great ....

    Wow, Spring has sprung. Everything looks great . . .
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    Nice smile . . .

    When I left, early this morning, this newly formed pitcher was tight as a drum. Now, it looks positively hungry . . .

    Nepenthes edwardsiana 14 March
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    There are good and many bad clones, as well; that...

    There are good and many bad clones, as well; that vigor you've observed is artificial and generally short-lived; and is a direct product of the barrage of hormones these plants experience under...
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    The seed pod suddenly split, early this morning,...

    The seed pod suddenly split, early this morning, after a few months of development. While the yield was on the lower side, they look healthy and wholly intact . . .

    Heliamphora parva 23 December
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    In answer to some recent queries, the vial that...

    In answer to some recent queries, the vial that was shown above, was a sub-culture -- a multiplied division -- of the original 2017 culture; and, is actually only a few months old. A code on the lid...
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    Read the instructions, and choose the lowest...

    Read the instructions, and choose the lowest concentration of neem oil possible, and mix with RO or distilled water, in a spray bottle; or better yet, if you are unsure, purchase a premixed need oil...
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    I'd go with the neem solution route. I have never...

    I'd go with the neem solution route. I have never had an issue with its use; and it's rather effective . . .
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    Hiyooo to heterosis . . .

    As much as I dislike the lion's share of Nepenthes horticultural hybrids, most of which suck a**e, this one -- one of our three vigorous clones -- shows some promise, since I have already seen some...
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    Heliamphora parva . . .

    One of the four flowers, which my Heliamphora parva produced this season -- on two sizable stalks, over the Summer months -- looks to have finally been pollinated; and that ovary has since become...
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    Poll: Here is a windowsill eddie, a champion mosquito...

    Here is a windowsill eddie, a champion mosquito catcher . . .

    Nepenthes edwardsiana
  14. Thread: Water and TDS

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    There are endless threads dealing with TDS; but...

    There are endless threads dealing with TDS; but the rule of thumb is generally 50 ppm or less; though Nepenthes seem far more tolerant of hard water than, say, Venus flytraps. I also know growers who...
  15. Nepenthes are a bit like any other ornamental...

    Nepenthes are a bit like any other ornamental plant; and strains are chosen for faster growth; pleasing coloration; and general vigor.

    Typically, the fastest growing plants in TC are most likely...
  16. It is a bit of all of the above. I have had some...

    It is a bit of all of the above. I have had some success in introducing Nepenthes from cuttings or from basals. They usually involve extreme steps in terms of sterilization, almost to the point of...
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    Poll: What she said . . .

    What she said . . .
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    I think that many younger growers have lost some...

    I think that many younger growers have lost some perspective. When I began growing, there were but a few common species / hybrids available, at far higher costs than today; and, now, the lion's share...
  19. How is that AstroTurf Farm coming along?

    How is that AstroTurf Farm coming along?
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    Looks like overheating to me and low humidity....

    Looks like overheating to me and low humidity. Good for a hot spinach salad; not so much for helis . . .
  21. Be patient with the seed in TC. Sometimes, it is...

    Be patient with the seed in TC. Sometimes, it is helpful to keep the cultures in the dark for a period of 7-10 days after sowing. That has proved successful for me in the past; and has generally...
  22. In my experience, the in vitro seeds were the...

    In my experience, the in vitro seeds were the first to germinate, more than 75% of the time -- by an average of twelve days. Nepenthes seed generally have a short shelf-life, especially lowland...
  23. You can be reasonably certain that the cultures...

    You can be reasonably certain that the cultures are "clean" after almost two weeks. Contamination is usually obvious well before then.

    If the seed was intact, there should be no issue; though, you...
  24. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OjYoNL4g5Vg

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OjYoNL4g5Vg
  25. I have seen viable and non-viable seed succumb to...

    I have seen viable and non-viable seed succumb to fungal infestation over the years; and it is reckless to risk the remaining culture. Subculture any flask that shows contamination. You'll be sorry...
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