Supercazzola wrote: ↑Sat Mar 13, 2021 3:50 pm
Carnies is super awesome. We traded gemmae and his arrived flattened. I assumed it was due to the fact they were in a plain envelope, and that USPS had machine stamped them. Some were black but some were still green. So I sowed them.
When I told him, he apologized and quickly sent out some baby Sarracenias to me. This was all before my gemmae arrived to him. A few weeks later, some of the gemmae he sent actually sprouted even though they were flat as a CD. He explained to me that allantostigma gemmae are naturally flat. I felt like a dunce.
To make things even worse for him, USPS took 21 days to deliver the gemmae I sent to him, and they didn’t arrive so well, despite being shipped in a moist paper towel and in a test tube in a padded envelope. I offered to send him more gemmae or pay him, he was just kind enough to gift me the Sarracenia.
Moral of the story, he is a kind and great person!
Uh-Oh. Allantostigma gemmae are not flat. Or not really that flat. Those paper thin gemmae, with a sharp looking tip belong to Nitidula. Somehow, the lineages got contaminated; I've received Nitidulas as Allantostigmas from 3 different sellers, all identified by expert growers as Nitidula. They are nonetheless a wonderful species, large flowers, and prolific gemmae. They like to grow wet, much like Allantostigma. For now, I have mine labeled as "D. aff Alantostigma" or D. aff. nitidula. Still though, carnies is a good guy. My Spat x MVG finally pitchered!