Monday, 2 April 2018

Behaviour of my nepenthes ampullaria

Does anyone else have this problem , I have a large nep ampullaria
that if I get too close to it, and my poly house isn't very large and I'm watering
I'll soon find I'll have to untangle myself from it's leaves.
This picture is from a year ago. I was giving them a good water as usual that day and
I hadn't kept my distance and its hard to avoid, but I had a camera at close range.
I'm always concerned that I'll damage it , accidentally rip it out the pot etc.
I think I remember being told that they have a basic sensor at the tip of the leave
for light and dark.  I've had other incidents where walking past with a pot in hand
past another  nepenthes suddenly it's leaf is wrapped around the plant I'm carrying,
(I'm not kidding.) ripping a pitcher off because it's being pulled away.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Stink horn fungi

Yesterday morning when I entered my poly house , where I keep most of my  highland nepenthes
and most of my sarracenias , it smelt has if a rat had got in and died.
I looked around and I saw what looked like feacel matter under the slats , It was a revolting sight.
I thought no animal that big could get in here. Then I realised it was a fungi.

Drosera schizandra

I had said in the last post I didn't have a problem with this plant.
Well , after I photographed it, the original plant ,it  just fell to pieces
and hasn't regrown from the roots. The plantlets growing off the leaves are still growing
and the other two plants that grew from the roots are doing well.
So I'm relieved I still have small plants growing, but the original was a
really lovely big plant. What a sensitive plant.
I keep them in the same place as the original , I'm nervous to move them.

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.