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    Here's my baby from last June, with a barely discernible flower stalk emerging.

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    Is yours grown outside?
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    Yes and no. I bought that plant a year ago and had it inside, on a window sill. Bringinging it into work, on a 15 degree day put into shock immediately. Nearly all of its leaves withered. A week later its first new leaf appeared. By June, it looked like the picture. I put it outside for the remainder of summer and into mid-November. Its second flower I cut off because it ws looking ragged. I let its third stalk flower and brought all my plants inside. Last week I saw aphids. I hastily tossed the plant. I have another plant, that also has aphids. this one I put into a taller container and filled it with water to drown the aphids. That was yesterday and I DID see one floating, struggling aphid. I will be keeping my capensis indoors from now on, along with spatulata and a few other sundew species. I think the aphids found them from the nearby rose bushes. Long answer to a short question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]but humidity is a laarge factor to
    just my thoughts
    I disagree. My D. capensis forms grow outdoors year round here where the humidity regularly drops into the teens durring summer. They have never shown a lack of dew or any inhibited growth. Also they flower constantly throughout the spring-fall.

    My plants flower so much that I have actually gotten into the habit of cutting the flower stalks as soon as I see them starting. While flowering doesnt take as much energy from the plant as say a VFT flower does, it does slow down the formation of the leaves. I have wayyyy more than enough seed already so I prefer to clip the flowers and just let the plants focus on growing traps and catching bugs.

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    thats another good point about capensis. if you do something wrong, short of letting it go bone dry for long, it will come out of it so you dont have to go and buy a new one.
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    VFT Guy in SJ,

    I don't know what kind of outdoor room you have, but I would keep sowing seed until you have 1000s of them.
    Then start donating seed to the ICPS seedbank. I think you get a pack from them in seedbank credit for every 15 packs you donate, and you can get access to some things that don't make it to the list everyone sees.
    Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (vft guy in SJ @ Feb. 02 2005,8:53)]My D. capensis forms grow outdoors year round here ... My plants flower so much that I have actually gotten into the habit of cutting the flower stalks as soon as I see them starting.
    I agree. I grow capensis outdoors in my artificial bog in northern California. Snipping flower stalks is a constant chore from April until November. Even with weekly snipping, I continually have to weed out the volunteer capensis plants, otherwise they would eventually take over.
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    Quote[/b] ]... keep sowing seed until you have 1000s of them. Then start donating seed to the ICPS seedbank.
    Joe, I wonder if the ICPS Seedbank needs more capensis seed. They currently show 100 packets of both narrow leaf and 'Albino' seed available.

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    Er, that is a good point. Probably some other Californian in overalls whistling along as he harvests his capensis fields beat everyone too it.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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