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Pinched off a dieing trap today. I'm not sure if that was the right thing to do.
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I got my VFT last week from flytrapstore.com it is doing pretty well on my south-facing porch. I make sure that there is a little bit of water in the pan under the pot and water my VFT (Kramit) about twice a day because it gets about 95-100 degrees here in good ole Georgia. I fed Kramit a Centipede last week. I think that this was a bad idea because I'm pretty sure that the bug chewed a bit on the inside of the trap and now there is a small black whole on that particular trap. Kramit since being at my house has also sprouted two new leaves, but one old one is dieing. I have noticed that there are two small chuncks taken out of its leaves. I am not sure what has caused these wholes but I think if they get bigger or if more develop I may invest in some insecticide to try and kill the most likely cause. Mites or other small bugs. other than that my flytrap seems to be happy I guess. It has been only one week.
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Unfortunately, this spring I was too eager try to my hand at growing Cephalotus outdoors.  My poor Cephalotus experienced temperatures into the 20's F and dropped almost every single pitcher.  (see pics below).  This is the main reason I haven't had an update on this project.    I'm relieved to say, my Ceph has completely rebounded with at least 2 new growth points and is now producing the biggest pitchers I have ever seen.  None of the 3 monster pitchers have actually opened yet, but they dwarf the other pitchers.  I'm not sure if this is normal growth or if the Ceph is especially happy with the new fertilizer I have been using.    As of July 2nd, I switched from Orchid Plus to MaxSea, following Matt's advice.  I am now using fertilizer in pitchers, as well as the soil.  I found some research showing significant nitrogen uptake from the soil and have talked with other growers that have had success with soil fertilization.  This might have also contributed to the extraordinary growth, but this is nowhere near a scientific experiment.   Here is a picture showing my Ceph May 30th.  I apologize for the horrible pic, but this is all I could find showing the plant after the frost.   The actual frost damage occurred somewhere around the end of March, so this is 2 whole months after the initial damage.  If you take a look at my November pics, you will see just how big of a hit the plant took.   Next we have a pic from June 26, nearly a full month later.  Note the tremendous growth in this short period of time.  The plant at least doubled in size/number of pitchers.   Just 3 weeks later and, besides the overall greenness of the plant (indicating the growth is new and has not yet colored up), its mostly back to its November size.  And here are a few pics showing the size of the new 'monster' pitchers. Finally, a pic of the one of the growth points in Mid July.  Note the tiny leaves and small pitcher that is attached directly to the growth point.    
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So I recently got back into alternative gardening, which is my carnivorous plants and my air plants.  Side Story: Last fall I moved to Monterey for school and hauled my VFT and Pitcher plant along with me, too.  It proved to not go well for me.  Having to adjust to a new environment and going to a new school, basically, living a new lifestyle did not suit my little guys.  Plus I was moving them around constantly, from one environment to a completely different one.  I went back home a lot then and I could not entrust the care of my roommates.   My Pitcher was already in sorry health since I was a newb to pitchers and bought him out of impulse.  I left my VFT back home on accident and asked my bro to water it for me.  He didn't and I saw the dried and shriveled remains a couple weeks later.  It was such a shame because he, whom I've dubbed, Fangs, was thriving in the Monterey environment.  He loved it here.   I also bought two anchored Tillandsia from Home Depot and they, too, loved the Monterey weather.  Finals proved to be too much for me so I just kind of forgot about them. Oops. --- Here I am, a year later in a very similar situation.  But!  I am armed with knowledge and time.  I didn't have much of either before so I have a good feeling.  Plus, my new roommate is a good candidate for a babysitter.  She's completely reliable.  I went to Home Depot or Lowes a couple days ago to look for screws.  I just happened to remember to ask them if they had any VFTs.  The lady said yes, and I almost choked from the rush of excitement.  Come to find, there were no VFTs in the small carnivorous collection they had left.  They had butterworts, Pitchers, and one more Sundew.  I HAD to get the sundew.  I thought that I would never, ever see one with my own eyes.  And I decided to give the Pitcher another try.  Today, I went to another Home Depot in the area and was looking at their products to get some inspiration for where I'm going to keep my Sundew.  Also, I was looking for VFTs, so I was still itching to have one.  Instead, I found a mess of Tillandsia plants of many varieties.  It was like Tillandsia heaven... My first thought was to throw them in the air like it was hundred dollar bills.  Instead, I ended up buying two bare roots, whose specific names I do not remember off the top of my head (I will list them eventually). I guess I have learned two lessons from myself. 1.  Things you want will come unexpectedly. and 2.  You may not get exactly what you want, but you'll get something similar and just as awesome.  So right now, my backyard has: -Sundew -Pitcher -2 Air Plants -Scarlet Begonia -4Mammoth Sunflowers (they are not mammoth because they are in tiny pots) -Aloe Vera (In horrible condition) -Hybrid plant... I don't remember what it is. Inside, I potted some: -Lamb's Ear -Tiger's Jaw -Cilantro(Iffy Condition) -Chamomile I don't have a great spot in my backyard yet for the stuff that should be in the ground like my mammoths.  I think that something is underground that could potentially eat my children.  So I have to find a way to take care of that first.  I don't even know what is under there.  I found what I thought was an owl pellet next to one of the holes.  There were skeletal remains in it and I was officially disgusted.  I don't know.  It might be a groundhog/hawk hybrid...  :P      
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I have had my 'Red Dragon' and 'Low Giant' for a month now, and my 'Red Dragon' is doing extremely well. On the other hand, 'Low Giant' isn't. It's down to three traps, and one is dieing. I have no clue why though, because it receives the exact same conditions as my 'Red Dragon'. This confuses me. If you check out my thread in the "General Discussions" section, there are pictures posted. You can also click the link here.  Also, a couple of my D. Burmannii seeds germinated. They are so tiny that I need to use a magnifying glass to notice any change to them. Out of the ten that I put in pure distilled water to germinated, only 3 did, and one has died, while seedling #1 is growing well, and seedling #2 is growing very slowly.This summer has been going by very fast. I cant believe it. But this may be because I'm going on an aviation course all of August, which destroys half of my summer vacation, but who knows, I may have fun. After this course, I get paid $180 so I'm going to buy a new light fixture for my plants! A four foot, T12, 40 Watt per light, dual fixture. I hope this is enough for my plants. Also, I'm going to order a Cephalotus Follicularis from Keehns. I know that I shouldnt because I'm so new to CP's, but I just cant resist. They are so awesome and from the time that I first saw one, I have wanted one badly! Some of my hobbies have been taking up a lot of my time this summer, and I'm slowly getting better at Unicycling! I can now bunny hop 90 degree turns, and unicycling in every direction except backwards! Also, my musical instrument, the Tenor Saxophone, hasn't been touched at all this summer. ( Yet ).So, there is my first blog. I hope you enjoyed, and I hope I did it the right way! 
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Well, it's, what, the 3rd day since I got my Cephalotus Follicularis. It's doing really good, there's a new growth point, coloration's great. All my other plants are doing pretty darn great too. I wonder if N. Truncata leaves are supposed to be shiny? Either way, it's healthy. Drosera Intermedia's not doing so well outside, though. Really, it's been pretty chill so far this summer. No summer camp, though. I'm helping my mom by taking videos of end-of-the-year concerts of the little kids. Also, I've gone swimming a couple of times at my grandparents' house. I went to Palm Springs this weekend, going to Vegas for my birthday on July 24th, and I'm getting my braces off in exactly 2 weeks. Right now, I'm reading The Lost World and (surprisingly) the only game I'm playing is The Sims 3 (I got the Ambitions expansion pack). Chickapee, my button quail, grew a feather mohawk which looks really funny. Oh yeah, I'm also playing Paparazzi on the alto saxophone. So what else to say, except that I'm gradually making the font a lot bigger? I really don't want to write a blog, it's not my "thing", but someone needs to do it. *shrugs* *twitch*   *sighs*
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By easy, I mean that these Nepenthes have proven to grow well in very harsh weather, well, what I believe to be harsh for these tropical plants. Down to 10% humidity in the summer Temperature highs of 110F and lows of 35F (They are, of course, protected from hot afternoon sun and frost in the winter, but they do feel these temperatures. Misting in the afternoon helps cool down the plant if concerned that it is too hot.) My preferred soil is pure long fiber sphagnum  (I believe the lfs helps keep the humidity around the plant a little higher which helps them grow better.) Remember: Although these plants can handle lower humidity, they must always be acclimated to the lower humidity since most are grown in high humidity.    The list will grow as I find out what Neps are easy and explanations will get better as I become a better explainer of things. :D   khasiana ventricosa alata(highland) x ventrata x deroose alata [alata x (alata x ventricosa)] x miranda(easy after it reaches 5 inches in diameter) copelandii sanguinea reinwardtiana(easy after it reaches 5 inches in diameter) tobaica maxima truncata albomarginata
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Ooh,  cool, a blog! So...nothing much to report yet...think I'm gonna go tend to my Judith Hindle right now...Keep you updated! Later!   JB
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This should totally be the new cover of flytrapcare.com! It's glossy and I made it myself!

 

This should be the cover of flytrapcare.com! It's beautiful and I thought I did a good job!

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(Venus Flytrap Dormancy) What is the point of dormancy? The leaves are black and not much to look at. Weird, huh? Dormancy is kinda like carnivorous puberty or something like that. NEVER EVER throw out your plants just because the leaves are blackening. I've heard some people put it in a fridge or something like that. It's weird. BUT it's normal! It's gonna grow up to be a HUGE plant. Your plant won't go through dormancy if you raise temperatures and keep things humid. However, this will NOT benefit your plant and sadly, it will not benefit you either. You plant can usually live up to 30 years or more with the proper care and love! But, without yearly dormancy, the plant will live for about two years or so. Make sure you have VFT dormancy!
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my venus fly trap grew some white flowers ... i should cut them off???
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I received my first venus fly trap from the Flytrap Store, this afternoon.  It is an awesome little red plant.  As corny as it is, my daughter and I named it Audrey, after the plant in Little Shop of Horrors.  We are very excited about growing this little plant.  I would have loved putting it in the sun light for a while this afternoon, but its raining.  Maybe tommorrow.
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I've been using Maxsea 16*16*16 at a concentration of 1.5 teaspoons/gallon on my Heliamphora nutans and Heliamphora minor for about 6 weeks now. I've been drenching the soil thoroughly every 2 weeks and then thoroughly drenching with distilled water about every 4 to 5 days. They seem to be responding very well to the fertilizer. The H. nutans is doing much better most likely because it's been established a month longer than the H. minor which is still likely getting over shipping and transplanting shock. I've had the H. nutans since November 13th and the H. minor only since December 20th. The growth on the H. minor isn't as obvious, though it's there, so I'm only showing some photos of the H. nutans. Here are some before shots of the Heliamphora nutans taken on December 14th. Here are the after shots taken 2-1-2010 It looks to me like it's definitely liking the added nutrition. I won't say for sure that root fertilizing is the right thing to do for Heliamphora until I've done it longer, but it definitely is producing desirable results so far.

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Couldnt believe it when I saw a flower bud pop out in late January! Is this right?
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Until recently I'd never even heard of the Venus fly trap clone "A2" developed by Henning von Schmeling.  I was exchanging some emails with David Conner and he mentioned it in passing.  I was immediately interested and went on the look for a trade.  I was able to secure myself a clone from the very generous Jeremiah Harris of the Colorado Carnivorous Plant Society. I received the clone in the mail today, January 16th, 2010 and immediately potted it up.  It's a rather healthy looking dormant plant with good coloration.  I'm excited to see what it looks like during the growing season. Here are a couple of photos of what it looked like after I potted it up. Considering that this plant is the parent of Dionaea 'B52', I'm excited to propagate it and use it in the FlytrapCare breeding program to grow large trapped and vigorous plants!
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    Ok, so a couple of months ago I ordered nepenthes seeds from ebay. When I got the seeds, I forgot to plant them for about 2 weeks.. then I finally did. When I opened the packet, the seeds didn't look good to me, even though I've never seen nep seeds before. So I planted them anyway, and to surprise, they sprouted!         They are N. Maxima, but the funny thing is, is that the seeds I ordered were not N. maxima, they were different seeds... I froget what though. But the ones that I ordered didn't sprout at all, but the N. maxima seeds were extras and they sprouted. haha.. I just thaought that was kinda random. Here are a few pics of the seedlings! taken about 2 weeks ago, many more have sprouted now. :Dhttp://lh3.ggpht.com/_VDaD2egE6ZY/SzJUFfPbpTI/AAAAAAAAA5c/iKnwWdtM0gE/IMG_0179.JPGhttp://lh6.ggpht.com/_VDaD2egE6ZY/SzJUFw9oj-I/AAAAAAAAA5g/MhP4VYVR8ww/IMG_0182.JPG will update these seedlings in a few months. Happy growing!
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Got some dumbells today with 20Kg weights time to pump some iron!!!
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I've been interested in Heliamphora for a while now.  The fact that they're somewhat hard to find in the US along with the fact that they're very expensive when you do find them has prevented me from buying any until now. I finally splurged and got myself a nice one for Christmas.  I actually got quite a few other seedlings as well just a week ago, including two Heliamphora pulchella, one Heliamphora minor, one Heliamphora heterodoxa and one Heliamphora nutans.  I got the Heliamphora nutans in November from Cook's Carnivores. But this is the first adult Heliamphora that I've ever seen and I think it's absolutely gorgeous!  I hope that you enjoy the photos.
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Hello everyone again, I'd like to share some photos of my heliamphora minor 'red form' with you today, and talk a little about it. This is my only heli, and I love it. I'll be getting more heli's over time, but right now it's just this little guy with me. :) This is a heliamphora minor Auyantepui, or red form. It is more of a lowland species of heliamphora so it tolerates warmer conditions. It get's red really easily, wich is what I love about it. This heli also divides often, mine hasn't divided yet, but it will eventually. Here are some pics of the two pitchers that grew under my care:
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Hello everyone, I'd like to talk about one of my dews. It's called D. burmannii 'giant red'. Burmannii is a small species of sundew, it get's less then an inch wide, but like it's name says, it get's larger then the typical burmannii and has a beautiful red colour. Burmannii is also a faster sundew then usual, it's tentacles fold over it's prey fairly quickly, but nothing like a VFT. There is a sundew that does go as fast as a VFT though, it's called Drosera glanduligera. Also known as the snap trapping sundew. Here are some photos of my D. burmannii 'giant red'This pic is my fav pic of it, but it's when it didn't have that red colour to it:this pic it does have that red colours in it, but the pic isn't as good as the other:thanks for looking!
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