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So my plant has grown some shoots at the top and is growing quite fast. If you look at the pictures I took on my first blog, it didn't have those shoots coming out yet. The other pictures in my first blog, I uploaded one day after I took it.  Lets compare! The first picture, is the one on my first blog. The second picture, is the one I took today. It has been about 12 days of growing after the first picture. Isn't it growing fast? If I am still alive when it is 40 meters high, that would be so cool. So again, this is about 12 days of growing between the first picture, and the second. I took the second picture today, and that means it looks just like that. It is growing very fast and I will have to repot it soon!
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So, it's been a week since I posted a photo of what I thought was callus forming on one of my cupped trap leaves.  You can see the blog entry here: Callus forming on Cupped Trap in tissue culture Well, I thought I would give an update with some photos.  It's definitely callus and it's definitely progressing quickly! I can't wait to see how this callus starts to form plants and then start micropopagating them.  Should be fun!  I'll likely have lots of 'Cupped Trap' Venus fltyraps to sell and trade within a few months.
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Heys guys in this blog I'm going to carry on the long time battle of which is better sea monkeys or triops?In here I'm going to compare the two and you decide which is better. Sea Monkey's Lifespan:Up to 2 years and the colony will exceed that for almost half a decade! Triop's Lifespan:If you're lucky your Triops will make it to be 2 weeks old,if you're even luckier you'll get them to live 3 months and then the die.3 months is practically the longest they live. Triop's Diet:Basically anything organic like carrots,apples,brine shrimp,(AKA:Sea Monkeys)and even other Triops!Talk about a big menu. Sea Monkey's Diet:Sea Monkeys only eat the special Sea Monkey food.Otherwise if you run out of food you're in big trouble. Sea Monkeys Size:Sea Monkeys get to a maximum of half a centimeter to three forths of an inch. Triop's Size:Triops grow at an astouding rate and can grow to be 1,2,sometimes even 3 inches long! Sea Monkey's Feeding times:Once a week.(How simple is that!) Triop's Feeding times:When they're young it's once every 2 days,but afterwards it's once every 24 hours even twice daily! Which one is better?Nobody knows for sure,but in my opinion the Sea Monkeys are better.Everyone has a different opinion,but there is still more coming to this blog.See you then! ~Eric
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So after many failed attempts at establishing an explant in vitro, I think I finally might have had success.  On February 23rd, I put a lot of tissue from Dionaea muscipula 'Cupped Trap', 'Sawtooth', and 'Fused Tooth' into cultures.  All of them either died or got contaminated so far except one.  See the photo below: That looks like the beginning of callus formation to me!  Finally tissue culture success with explants!  Man, micropropagation of carnivorous plants is extremely difficult if you're starting with explants.   Seeds are a breeze, but then of course you aren't guaranteed what type of plant you're going to get from seeds. I'm so excited about this!
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  A few weeks after my Venus Fly Trap died, I decided to buy another one. It happened that there weren't any, so bought another plant to make myself happy. If anyone didn't know, I love plants. That day, I was at a supermarket and I was pretty sure they didn't have any carnivorous plants. But then I went to the plant aisle anyway. I saw a really beautiful plant and bought it. This plant grew really fast in the begining. I feel a bit bad that it is in a small pot, I don't really know how to take care of it so I'm leaving it alone for now. Also I don't even know if I have potting soil. I was starting to think about if they need potting soil to survive because after my "Dionaea experience," I am being really careful about that. As I just said, I don't really don't know how to take care of it. So I don't have a lot to say about it. Except the story about when I first got it. But the leaves are about 10 centimeters long and the stems are about 10 centimiters too. Some people call it "Lucky Bean Bonsai," but they appear to be wrong. I learned that it can grow up to 40 meters high. That's pretty much all I know about the Castanospermum Australe.
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Well I went ahead & finally posted some pics of our plants.  We have not taken near enough pictures.  I will definately take more time this year taking pictures. Just want to mention that the pics taken of various CPs out in the wild are of non-native plants.  It is fun to find these plants out there; but, they really do not belong. Anyway; I hope you enjoy the pics. Mary   
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It has been 15 days since I sowed my dionaea seeds and there is absolutley no germination yet. I am beginning to feel like they will never germinate.  :( But I will not give up hope.  i have heard that they could take up to 6 weeks to germinate so I am prepared to wait! However, my sarracenia seeds have been in the fridge cold stratifying for a while now, and I cant wait to take them out and get them started. Although I cant take them out for a couple more weeks.  i bought 30 seeds, so I wonder how many will actually germinate. Heres luck to that!
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  A few days ago, I "saved" a venus fly trap from The Home Depot. It is a dente venus fly trap. Here is a picture below: I did a division with it while repotting, the division seems small and might not survive. here is a picture: The VFT's  don't seem to be in shock because the bigger one looks like it's growing and digesting very well so far. But I'm still not sure if it's in shock, it's only been a few days. The pot it is in is a lego pot my brother made for me...The bigget flytrap is under a 23 watt f. light on my computer desk. It seems to like it there. Thanks for reading my blog. Devon Blomquist
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Today, I want to talk about the 'B52" Cultivar.   I've enclosed some pictures of my 'B52' and as you can see, it is doing very well. This particular trap, on the left,  is just over an inch and has eaten numerous bugs. One thing that makes the 'B52' such a great plant is the fact that it is a very fast grower and produces beautiful traps. The plant you are looking at already has divided and I've only had this plant for 11 months.   I live in the mountains thus my Dionaea do not get as much sunlight as they should otherwise the 'B52' you are looking at would have been reder and bigger with traps over 2 inches. If you get a chance I would higly recommend getting this Cultivar!   Giovanni      
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Day 4: I took Shnippz. outside today just as the sun was setting and sat and bonded with him next to the pond, whilst the gnats flittered around fell carelessly into his open snapper :) Oh the joys of VFT keeping :D I think im going to start planning my leaf pulling scheme and i REALLY need to get some spaghum moss, perlite etc to give the pullings the best start in life :)  
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Day 3: I had a bit of a pruning fest earlier today and removed numerous blackened  leaves, and trimmed the stalk down to a subtle stump :) I have been researching growing VFTs from cuttings and have decided that when ever i next go to the garden centre i will purchase some compost for VFTs and  will grow some of Shnippz. cuttings :)
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Day 3:  Schnippz. is looking pretty chirpy today,  i have noticed yet another snapper thing growing which at the moment is only small, but will in time, flourish...; hopefully ;) I can see the menacing shadow of a fly corpse in one of the snappers, which i think means it has not been digested properly. Another of the snappers is pretty much completely open and i am wondering how often i  should feed my plant, and as i am struggling to find sufficent food, what to feed it. So day 3 is nearly over and Shnippz. is thriving :)
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So here is the bonsai that I own that has lost a bit of its leaves because of the cold weather. I have no idea what kind of bonsai it is! I have tried to look it up online, but I havent had any luck yet. If anyone can identify it from the picture that I have below, please let me know! I love bonsai's and would love to grow a couple from seeds. That would be wicked neat. Thanks for the help!  
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Day 2 : The excitement of Shnipper has not yet subsided, nor will it for a while yet im sure! I woke up this morning and closely examined Shnippz. for any sign of change. I'm pretty sure that the dead fly i presented to Shnippz. hasn't/Isn't being digested properly as i was unawear that it was neccasary to massage the snapper thing to encourage digestion.  Ah well. There is something deeply satisfying about knowing i have my own pet venus fly trap and that it is my 'duty' as such , to hunt and provide for my darling Shnipper and to keep it alive for as long as possible, and as i have hardly any previous knowledge on such plants it will be interesting to say the least. So to the end of day two, Schnippz. is thriving and is still alive. Shes lasted longer then i thought she would :)    
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     After consulting Matt, and finally figuring out that the dionaea seeds DO NOT have to be cold stratified, contrary to the kit the seeds came in, I planted my fly traps. Although i have been told that the seeds have a nil chance of growing, Im hoping against hope that come 8 weeks from now I will see a cute baby sproutling.  I cant wait, I am so excited.       Today, my friend patty (who is also my mail lady) gave me a baby spider plant and a baby aloe plant. They are so tiny and beautiful, but I have to start them out in water to get the well rooted.      I also have a bonsai tree. Im not sure which kind it is though. I bought it from a walmart. Since winter began it shed off most of its leaves and all thats left is skinny little branches, and a few green leaves. Now that its starting to get a little warmer, I hope it will fully recooperate. It has a very thick trunk at the bottom, and the slowly gets skinnier as it branches out. Ill have to put some pictures up, If anyone can identify it.        Well here is the end of day one of my adventures into the lovely world of venus flytraps. I really do hope they sprout!
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I'm not sure what this is or if it's harmful to the explant, but I think it's from over sterilizing the tissue.
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I was looking over my plants yesterday morning and I saw that my Dionaea 'Jaws' plant had made a pretty unusual catch. I've never seen two bugs caught at the same time before.  Not a surprise that it was the ever present Boxelder bugs, but I still thought it was pretty awesome and that I should share a photo of it.
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So it's been 10 days since I made my second attempt at tissue culture.  I counted the number of vessels with plant tissue in them, and originally there were 34 of them.  I'm down to 27 as of this morning.  On the 18th, I noticed one contaminated culture, and then yesterday on the 19th, I noticed 6 more!! I'm not terribly surprised at all of the contamination.  I purposely went easier on the sterilization of the tissue this time because on my first attempt, I killed all of the tissue by over sterilizing it.  I'm hoping this time that I'll at least have one culture that takes.  I'm pretty sure I will.  I can't imagine bacteria escaped the alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and bleach on every piece of tissue. So far, the majority of the contamination has been on leaves.  I did about half of the cultures with leaves and the other half with flower stalks. There was one contaminated culture that was a flower stalk, but the rest have been leaves. Also, it seems like most of the contamination thus far has been on the blue media, and I think that's due to the fact that the blue media has no PPM in it. Below are some photos of the contaminated cultures just so people have an idea of what they look like. Below is the one flower stalk that has been contaminated.  This was a teeny flower stalk that I pulled out of the center of one of the plants.  I probably should have cut the end off, because, as you can see, the contamination started on the end that was in contact with the soil.  As you can also see, there is a small leaf next to the flower stalk that doesn't appear to be contaminated, but I went ahead and dumped the whole culture and didn't try to save them because the tissue is just from a typical Venus Flytrap. I'm not sure if it's clear from the photos, but nearly all of the contamination started with the rhizome end of the leaf.  Seeing this makes me think that perhaps next time I'll trim a bit of the end off of the leaf to help prevent this. I also put some Dionaea seeds into culture and so far I don't see any contamination on those.  Seeds are pretty easy to sterilize, so I might not have any contamination on the seeds.
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After a few hours of cleaning and sorting the plants...today I finaly planted the tiny dionaeas I bought from VFT shop. There was a moment when I realy hated those plants...after planting the 100th plant I even lost the count. But when all the work was done  I was so pleased to see all those babies together :-) I'm already very impatient to see what kind of VFTs I planted...    Finally all done (this picture sucks...I know-I'm not much of a photographer)  
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I'm just getting into the hobby of tissue culture.  There isn't much needed really to get started, but there are some higher end things that could make the whole experience easier and/or more fun.  Here are just a few things that I want to make my tissue culture arsenal complete: Foot Candle Meter (Got one!) - For measuring light on cultures of sensitive plants Digital scale (Got one!) - for measuring chemicals Laminar Flow Hood - I could make my own and save big on this price That's pretty much it.  Not too much that I want and I don't really need any of it because I can make do with what I have, but it would be cool to have these things.
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