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By Alzuryu
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Joined:  Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:19 pm
#128411
Up to now i've only bought from littleshopofhorrors because they ship plants ready-potted.
I've never wanted to get bare-root plants because.. well, i'm not confident at all with potting them up, not to mention, surely they'd die?

It's a shame too because triffid nurseries has Grandifloras and littleshopofhorrors is sold out :(...

Is it all that bad?
By David F
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Joined:  Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:41 pm
#128412
They actually do quite nicely when shipped bare root, depending on the species, (some like Cepholatus may be more sensitive) however, flytraps and sundews will do just fun, even if you do a fuddly job of potting them.

Just make sure you rinse your soil and make sure the pot is deep enough.
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By PeatMoss
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Joined:  Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:01 pm
#128428
Bah, even Cephalotus does fine if the shipper packs the plant well. Cephalotus was one of my first CP's and I got it shipped bare root. After a few times you get really casual about how plants are shipped. I have even had plants shipped to me in standard unpadded mail envelopes and they do fine...
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By Matt
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#128467
Alzuryu wrote:I've never wanted to get bare-root plants because.. well, i'm not confident at all with potting them up, not to mention, surely they'd die?
Most species of carnivorous plants are fine to ship bareroot. Flytraps, most Drosera and Sarracenia all ship well bare root. Even Cephalotus and Heliamphora can do OK shipped bare root if they're handled gently to avoid breaking any roots or pitchers.

You shouldn't be so hesitant to order plants bare root. Start with a Drosera or flytrap and give it a go. They're fairly easy to pot and they usually don't get set back much at all.
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By Alzuryu
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Joined:  Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:19 pm
#128477
I think i'm going to suck it up and get me a bare root d. anglica or something... See how it goes! I've only been growing (more maintaining...) CP's since last September and potting is always something i dread... Repotting Capensis seedlings was a nightmare.

Thanks all!
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By Grey
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Joined:  Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:48 pm
#128478
If you're referring to Pinguicula Grandiflora then chances are this time of year it would actually be better to buy them bare-root. P. Grandiflora form a hibernacula (a tight bulb) during winter so you wouldn't need to worry as much as you would for other plants.

Cold temperate pinguicula that form hibernacula have a habit of reproducing via propagatable buds (aka. gammae), these buds have no roots and can be planted and left to burst into life in the spring. I remember repotting my P. Grandiflora and noticing that the adult plant, while a hibernacula, had no roots either.

It's up to you, but personally I've never had any problems with bareroot pinguicula (except warm temperate species, they really don't seem to like it), especially hibernacula. If you aren't talking about P. Grandiflora then disregard everything I just said :lol:
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By Alzuryu
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#128480
Oh don't get me wrong, i understand in most peoples hands they'd do fine, but with my incompetence i'd probably do something wrong, eg: potting the plant the wrong way up, in gravel, with 5 different types of fertilizer. (Maybe not that extreme)
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By Alzuryu
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#128494
Heh we can only hope :P
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