Thursday, 28 December 2017

Drosera schizandra

Today I thought I'd post about my drosera schizandra . I've read its a difficult one to grow
but I'm not having a problem with mine. I've accidentally grown  it in the right conditions .
 From my experience it needs low light, very high humidity and well drained very light
mix. I use 50 % perlite and 50% peat moss. Mine is at about 20 degrees - 25 degrees most of the time.
I don't fertilise or feed it. I placed a dead fly in with it thinking to feed it, and it was almost
a deadly mistake. It began to have a fungal problem and the leaves began to full apart.
I used the only anti fungal chemical spray  I had that I have used on my nepenthes
 before ,e.g Rose Gun
by Yates . I sprayed it once and left it. Slowly it has recovered . Before that, I had cut off two plants
that have grown from the roots of this plant and they are developing really well with new leaves.
The leaves on the original plant that had come apart I left in with it as the fungus had gone,
and partly buried them. Now there are new plantlets coming up from them. Exciting.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

I'm finally growing sarracenia minor

I've tried to grow sarracenia minor in the past and they have always died after a few months.
I bought this one and another from different growers and they are really growing and thriving.
I don't know why these two are growing so well. I'm really happy about it, as its a species of sarracenia , I particularly wanted to grow. It's been extremely hot at night , not getting below 25 degrees celsius . Could that be a factor I don't know?

Saturday, 7 January 2017

I did say more pictures

nepenthes gracilis I have a couple , both growing very well.
such dainty little vines.

My  nep ampullaria and nep vogelli a highlander .

 My bicalcarata enjoying the heat and humidity.

This one is my longest nepenthes vine , its a nepenthes merriliana x campanulata over two metres in length , I think its in an 18" pot. Not in any greenhouse , it lives in the backyard , In  winter
I cover it with towels at night.

More Nepenthes pictures

We had a quite a downpour of rain last night and its been 34 degress celsius most days
with the nights in the twenties. Very Humid with the insects being a nuisance.
I started diluting a teaspoon of lemon juice in a drinking glass about a month ago and
placing a small amount into each bromeliad and nepenthes pitcher that I saw after watering.
Somewhere someone had said that mosquitoes don't like citrus that I remembered.
A couple of days after I have done, this I've noticed a large reduction in sandflies and mossies
around the yard. Just one or two instead of many and here where I live there are natural swamps.
I don't see any larvae in the pitchers but I think the fluid attracts them.
I've now done it enough times to say it does work and the last couple of times I've used
citronella oil drops diluted into water (just a couple in a haws spray bottle I received at Christmas) and its effective.

I've been putting up another greenhouse , a smaller one to place the high altitude nepenthes in.
Its really difficult to keep them cool enough. I've resorted( apart from placing them in the shadiest area) to placing blue esky ice blocks around them in the morning touching them against their pots.
I started putting cold water in the nepenthes faizalana's pot because I realised it was a highlander from papua new guinea and it hadn't grown and it hadn't  pitchered, then
one morning I got foolhardy and put ice  in the pot and it was fine. So all through summer a couple of cubes of ice daily and it pitchered.
I did accidentally place ice cubes in a lowland nepenthes truncata's pot and it was dead the next day, so beware of doing this.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

nepenthes burbidgeae x edwardsiana

I was so surprised a couple of days ago when I saw this pitcher because
for two years it didn't pitcher ,I then watered it every day.
I treat this nepenthes  x and my nep burbidgeae differently now to the lows and intermediates.
I don't water them every day like the others , I let them get quite dry.
before I water. I moved the burbidgeae to an eastern position (morning sun) as it was getting dark patches (looked like fungus) and wasn't growing
and when I bought  this cross , I noticed it liked the same conditions.
They get  good light every day and intense sun for about two hours a day

Its Spring in the southern hemisphere

I saw this pitcher nepenthes truncata x ovata when I was watering.
Looks like on many of them I will get upper pitchers this year.
Its an intermediate nepenthes , I have the most success with intermediates.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Almost end of winter .This post re: about my low land nepenthes

Its almost the end of winter and for the first time I've been able to leave the nep bicalarata in the polyhouse outside. What a relief . Those leaves get bigger and bigger every year.
 One day at work, I suddenly thought (at the beginning of autumn), .Here you have
outside electricity points, why not get an electrician to put some outside power switches on the outside wall of your house? The other thing is I double checked the safety switch in the power box to make sure it worked because well, power running outside the house can be dangerous.
I thought well I  could move the polyhouse up next to the house and have horticulture heaters working inside through winter. Now the poly house isn't gap free and I did wonder how much warmer it would be.So it was all done, a nice russian electrician came and installed the power points for me.
I left it late in autumn to move the poly house and had to do it by myself as I only had one day to do it in.I  moved all the plants out in the middle of the day and shifted it eight metres.
Moving it had fixed the gaps. I placed thin blankets on the top and sealed around the base gluing stips of heavy plastic and bubble wrap to insulate from the cold air from coming under.
Doing this, and with the heaters I've kept them eight degrees above the outside temperature.
I kept the bical on a thermostatically controlled heat pad ( one with a dial), I tried a simpler heat pad but it couldn't keep the temperature high enough and the other nepenthes I kept warm  with a tube heater .Most have done well though I lost a couple. I decided to repot when I shifted them for the move. bad decision.
Here are two pictures of my nepenthes bicalarata and one of my  nepenthes ampullaria.