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  1. S

    What's your homemade strategy for germinating Drosera seeds in winter?

    I have some Drosera capensis seeds that I want to germinate. However, winter is soon upon us and indoor temps will be as low as 60 degrees f (~15c) in the growing room. I stuck an old adhesive reptile heating pad to the bottom of one of those disposal foil lasagna baking dishes, so now I have a...
  2. LifeOnMars?

    N. Lowii Murud Seedlings 10 month progress

    About a year or more ago I found the opportunity to finally acquire the Nepenthe species I've wanted since I was younger, N. Lowii. I've always heard about how slow growing Lowii can be but two of them have really been pumping out bigger and bigger leaves! I found that they loooove fluorescent...
  3. S

    How to gauge watering of a potted, rock mounted orchid with roots below substrate?

    A friend of mine gave me a Dendrobium kingianum and told me that it was quite hardy and forgiving. However, I haven't figure out yet how exactly to tell when it truly needs watering or if I am over-watering. The problem is that it is rock-mounted and potted in a clay pot. Also, there is mulch...
  4. S

    Recommendations for small-flowered orchid that can tolerate a little shade?

    Everytime I see a bunch of orchids at the local orchid society meetings, I'm always drawn to the weird little small-flowered ones (flowers smaller than a US quarter or nickel). I don't know what many of them are, but a lot seem to be Restrepia and Pleurothallis. I did some research and it seems...
  5. Mercfh

    D.Spatula dying?

    Hi All, I've been dealing with an issue for a good bit now and I think one of the two of my D.Spatula plants has just about bit the dust: First of all my setup: Lights: Agrobrite 4 bulb/2 foot T5 HO (Amazon.com : Agrobrite T5, FLT28, 2 Foot, 8-Tube Fixture with Included Fluorescent Grow Lights...
  6. Mercfh

    Forcing Dormancy/Photoperiod? (Plus some general Dormancy questions)

    So i have to say, there is a lot of conflicting information on Ping dormancy. I've been doing a lot of reading and i've seen everything from "They can survive not going through dormancy" to "Let the PLANTS choose when to do dormancy" to "Change your light/temp/etc... to induce it" For reference...
  7. Shadowtski

    Beginner's Pictorial Guide to Drosera Leaf, Root, and Scape Cutting Chapter #1

    Most Drosera can be easily and quickly propagated by leaf cutting, root cuttings, and flower scape cuttings. (A flower scape is just another words for the developing unfurling flower stalk as it emerges from your plant.) This will give you a mature plant faster than raising one from seed...
  8. jimscott

    Replacing 24" fluorescent light bulbs

    I have a 4-tiered plant rack and it came with Gro-Lite fluorescent bulbs. As time went on the bulbs needing replacements and I have done so with the cheap bulbs from Lowes. They are 24 bulbs. Is there anything better than Gro-Lite bulbs?
  9. Shadowtski

    CP Water Germination Experiment Phase 1

    CP Water Germination Experiment Phase 1 tropical & subtropical species, mostly Drosera No stratification When I decided to restart my CP collection I had some seeds stored in my refrigerator for up to 17 years. Some were from the ICPS seedbank and some were from my old collection in the mid to...
  10. Shadowtski

    Byblis liniflora flower photos

    My Byblis liniflora is flowering and that's a good excuse to drag out the macro lens. The plant is growing under 4 T8 fluorescent tubes in a 10 gallon uncovered tank.
  11. gill_za

    Sowing cephalotus seeds in 14mL vial holders

    Hello, I have recently came into possession of some cephalotus seeds and after searching on the forum, came up with a plan to sow them. Some one else on this forum used seed-starter sponge to propogate pullings, maybe RSS or Jcal, can't remember. But I got inspiration for this from them...
  12. Shadowtski

    Hello from Milwaukee, WI

    Hello from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USDA Zone 5B My name is Mike and I'm returning to my love of growing C.P. after too many years of letting life get in the way. I've been growing for a year now after not growing for about 15 years. My favorites are the subtropical Drosera. I'm rebuilding my...
  13. Acro

    Light Watts for lamp

    If using a single bulb screw-in desk lamp to illuminate one 8" pot of VFTs, what wattage would be best for each type of bulb: incandescent, compact fluorescent, LED?
  14. cwatson1414

    Growlight questions

    Hey, TF. I am replacing my set of 2 4' T8 shop shop lights in favor of something better. I plan to buy a 2' 4 lamp T5 fixture. I am mostly on Amazon. I have been looking at a few fixtures. Amazon.com: 2 ft. - 4 Lamp - F24T5-HO - Fluorescent Grow Light Fixture - Spectralux 6500K Lamps and Wire...
  15. D

    Beginning Plant tissue Culture some History.

    This is an informational thread. To culture Cp, You will need an overview (next thread). A space to work and grow. I feel you will need a hepa hood. HEPA, HIGH, Efficiency, Particulate, Air. History on HEPA BEGINS IN 1942, US ARMY. It was used to develop Bio --weapons. Personaly, I believe the...
  16. cwatson1414

    Anyone have this growlight?

    T5 Grow Light (2ft 4lamps) DL824 Ho Fluorescent Hydroponic Bloom Veg Daisy Chain with Bulbs - Plant Growing Light Fixtures - Amazon.com I've been looking at this for a while, mostly due to price Thats sort of what has me concerned. It's really cheap. The reviews cite the open sides as an issue...
  17. Radagast

    Radagast's Indoor Grow Room

    Hi folks. For the past several weeks I've been planning an indoor basement grow room. I created this thread to post pictures & document my progress with this build. Room Specs: The area is roughly 12 feet long x 7.5 feet wide. Ceiling height is about 78 inches, 72 inches underneath a couple...
  18. M

    Nepenthes x Ventrata Cuttings

    This is my first thread I've posted here so bear with me. I've recently gotten into growing carnivorous plants and I started with the tried and true ventrata. From my single plant I've taken two cuttings with about 8 nodes on them each. They've been in an aeroponic propagator for about a...
  19. SerMuncherIV

    Help me with my first tuberous Drosera!

    Alright, so I am now the owner of one tuber each of D. menziesii and D. modesta (because Johnny is awesome!!!) that I have no idea how to properly care for, so the past few days have been spent heavily researching how to keep them alive. I was told that now is the prime time to start these guys...
  20. anramitaco

    N. khasiana weirdness

    I've had this N. khasiana for a while now. It has always been a good grower, but lately it's been acting a little... weird. First, it started making smaller leaves with less space between the internodes, but the pitcher size didn't decrease: I assumed this was the result of high light (it...