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More pics:

N. x Cathy Jo, the persitome is really pinking up and starting to flare out a bit.

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Unidentified Nep perking up after a nice, humid night:

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And it looks like one of the bigger leaves on the VFT has caught itself a snack overnight:

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Gave the leaf a gentle pinch, and it felt squishy and kind of juicy on the inside. I guess it has started to digest it already. It was probably a small, unlucky cricket or something. I'm surprised the leaf was still quick enough to get something while dormant.
 
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That NOID nep definitely has truncata in it, as the main parent if not pure truncata (though a few more months of growth should help that ID)
 
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That NOID nep definitely has truncata in it, as the main parent if not pure truncata (though a few more months of growth should help that ID)

Could well be. It does have the purpley-red freckles on the inside of the pitcher and lid, round lid, and teardrop shaped maw that seem to be characteristic of a truncata.

I vaguely remember Paul telling me that he thought the plant had N. maxima influences. I googled N. maxima x truncata and found this:

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Purplely-red freckles, round lid, teardrop shaped maw and it even has the ava spread out flat like mine mostly do. We should definitely be able to tell in a few months.
 
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Just an update:

My VFT seems to be coming out of dormancy. It's making a whole slew of new traps that are bigger and it looks like they are trying to grow up into the air.

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My unidentified Nep has a new pitcher that has popped open overnight. It's got even more color and is just a tad smaller than the other one (sorry for the horrible focus).

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I bought a larger tub for my sphagnum culture to spread out and grow.

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My N. x Cathy Jo has unfurled a new leaf (top center).

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And when I went out to take the pictures, I noticed my capensis has caught an odd looking bug.

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It looks like a mosquito, but it does not have the snout for it, and it has the feathery antennae that you find on some moths, it also looks like it has a thicker exoskeleton. Possibly a midge (I never knew such a thing existed before I got into CP's. I probably always mistook them as mosquitos)?
 
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Really looking great and making me very jealous of the Florida environment. I know I wouldn't be saying that in the summer, but I do love the heat and while the humidity makes ya sweaty and sticky all the time, I would deal with it if my plants weren't constrained to a terrarium tank!

Someday I will have a greenhouse and can replicate those conditions if not better, but for now c'est la vie!

P.S. Your living sphagnum is looking great. I wonder if I could be as successful with a culture of it under lights....
 
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Thanks guys! I'm afraid I cannot take full credit for the sphagnum, I did get a nice large culture of it from Whimgrinder not too long ago.

@Odysseus I don't see why you couldn't do it under lights. Keeping it nice and soggy seems to be the key for me.
 
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Thanks for the encouragement, David! I am looking around for a good source and think I will be growing some soon.

However, I think I may end up waiting for the spring to have more available growing space in my garage outdoors where I won't have freezing temperatures. But come mid-summer I will be battling overheating so still balancing my options.

Like I said, jealous of the Florida growing conditions! :D
 
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Another update, I ordered a S. purpurea ssp. venosa a while back, and I finally got it!

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I think I may have buried it a little deep. I was hoping that the rain over the weekend would help wash it down off the base and compact the soil down, but evidently not.I'm going to see if I can brush it off.

It also came with a young S. purp ssp. Montana.

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Also, the new pitcher that has popped open is starting to really color up.

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Along with both of my Nep's leaves

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I'm guessing since they are grown in mostly full sun, they are turning red a lot like how VFT's reaps turn red.

I'm also liking how my N. x Cathy Jo is shaping up, it has a rather bonsai-esque lean to it.

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Also, my VFT is definately coming out of dormancy. The petioles are growing wide and the traps are starting to climb into the air.

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The plants are really starting to shape up :boogie:.
 
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Sorry I haven't been on in a while, life's been kinda crazy the last couple of months, but I thought I'd give y'all an update.

My purps are filling their pots nicely and looking great:

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The seedlings with the capensis have all grown up and are starting to produce flower stalks:

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The unidentified Nep is looking great, this pitcher opened up a couple of days ago:

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And my Dionaea is really growing up and out:

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And some of the traps are getting huge:

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However I cannot seem to get my N. x Cathy Jo to pitcher much at all.

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We did have a rather dry, hot spring though. I watered it twice a day as much a I could, but maybe it wasn't enough to compensate for the low humidity we had.

And here's the sphagnum I've been growing:

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