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By Fishman
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I have been growing this one for a couple of years, but I've never shared any in the country, as there were no requests made to me for them. I was sending the seeds overseas. Most Byblis aquatica seed that is usually available are either a "robust form", or a "typical" form which I have both of as well. I'm happy to say I sent the first couple of packs to folks here on the forums this week, so I hope to see them around more in collections as these individuals try for seeds as well one day!

This is a full maroon form, with an occasional green spot here and there where new growth emerges, (it doesnt stay around long) but they always turn maroon even in weaker lighting. They're a nice addition, and you won't find them anywhere, as these are one of a kind and truly rare.
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By Matt
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I love it! This is one species I've never grown, but you've piqued my interest in it. I need to do some reading to find out their care requirements.

@Fishman, If you're willing can you summarize quickly what they need? Soil, watering, light, etc.?
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By Apollyon
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Panman wrote:That is a beautiful plant! I've always been afraid to try these.
They're definitely fun to watch. They're delicate but I think they get a bad rap. However, they vary across the board as far as conditions and moisture. I got Byblis Aquatica which can be grown like Drosera. I have it on a tray and have filled it up to 40% of the pot height with no negative effect. I keep it inside though. Once I have more to work with, I'll start growing them outside because I believe I can keep them almost year round outside. It is also a self-pollinating species. I purchased some seeds from Fishman. He has some really cool stuff and is a solid pro at this species. If you're looking to try it, I'd suggest buying seeds from him over a random ebay/etsy seller. Also, I have a small pack of seeds I just sent out to the seed bank. when I have more, I'll send out larger packs. I'm still fine tuning it :)
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By Fishman
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Thank you Matt.

This difficult to find species from this location is relatively easy to cultivate. The following does the trick:

1:1:1 peat:perlite:sand.
I have also used LFSM when I cultivated a few of this particular location in a terrarium, heated with a seedmat under the tank to keep the water, and roots warm.

Watering: RO, or distilled only. Keep medium moist at all times. TDS below 25 PPM will produce a beautiful plant.

Indoor temp ranges where I am at stays between 68F-78F night/day, thus indicating a terrarium is not always mandatory, but the plants do like a little extra humidity, as they're a tropical plant. Warm and humid they do like. I've had them growing nicely in 45- 50% RH, but they did even better in 60-70%.

If not using a terrarium, one may choose to simply put down a seedmat for warmth, and set a 10x20 tray on it and cultivate them out in the open on a grow rack. They prefer the temp to be above 60F in my home.

Outdoors, they will do really nicely as long as it is not over 100F for prolonged periods. They're semi-resilient, but nothing to that of a VFT.

With artificial lighting they are very forgiving and not picky. I personally use several, actually a multitude of Roleadro/Galaxyhydro 1500 watt II series LED panels for all of my Byblis plants in a very large area where I house all eight species, and I keep them about 3 to 4 feet above all of the plants.

You do not have to have anything fancy for them however. I have also had them on a windowsill in the past with just supplemental T5 CFLs. (Yes, I still have a few of those lying around :lol: )

Hope that might sum it up for these. Basically if you can get a Byblis liniflora to grow, then this species is really no different.

Best thing of all? They are self compatible and do not require a second genetically different plant to make seeds! However, you can use a tuningfork or an electric toothbrush to vibrate the anthers to release more pollen for a better seed set 8-)

Hope that helps :D
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By Apollyon
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Very nice! Mine kinda got messed up abd I never got a chance to grow it. if you have seed you want to part with, please let me know, Thanks!
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By Nepenthes0260
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yardleyq1987 wrote:Well , here’s a 1 year recap of this specific plant that was grown from seed and provided by the now retired, Fishman.


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