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    Nice vfts at michigan wal-mart

    Recently our local Wal-Mart in SW Michigan received a new shipment of beautiful VFTs. Instead of being stuck inside a closed dome they've been packaged inside a tall flexible plastic cylinder which has a few holes pocked into the top. They're still potted in the usual 3" pot. Virtually every...
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    Thanks everyone for the advice!

    I just wanted to thank everyone for the insights on how to deal with the algae which was engulfing my gibba. I tried just about everything to grow it as an aquatic but the algae would not go into remission. I visited a several local wetlands and noticed that the vast majority of utrics in...
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    Lowland neps terrarium

    I purchased my first lowland nepenthes (rafflesia) and I'm looking for some tips. It's a healthy specimen in a 5" pot. I've got it in my basement which is a uniform 70 degrees pretty much year round. The terrarium is a 2.5 gallon fish tank which is loosely covered with plastic wrap. I've left...
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    Algae in my u.gigga

    I started growing my first aquatic utric several weeks ago. (Thats a U.gibba BTW not a U.gigga!) It's in a typical 1/2 gallon fish bowl (peat/water mix) and seems to be spreading out just fine. However, I've noticed some algae beginning to collect along the branches.  I've read this species is...
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    Wild sundews vs rain?

    One great thing about my job is I travel through lots of areas that have many bogs/fenns. Whenever I have time I take my "breaks" by sloshing around some wetland looking for signs of our local CPs. Today was a milestone for sure. I was dressed in my business attire..wingtip shoes and all when I...
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    Cobra's nest growth

    Two weeks ago I purchased a cobra's nest hybrid. I have never experienced any pitcher plant that grows so quickly as this one. It already had eight, eight inch pitchers when I received it and has grown two more since then. The growing point still shows signs of even more on the way. Is anyone...
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    Drosera leaf movement

    With the weather warming up here in Michigan I've placed my collection of D.capensis outside to feed. What hogs I might add too!!! They've been putting a dent in the local fly population. In some cases one leaf is curled around three flies.  One thing puzzles me concerning the cause(s) for leaf...
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    Is sand really necessary in soil mix?

    I've been growing VFTs for "gosh" 34 years now and I've never used any sand in my soil mix...just good old 100% peat moss. I tried some sand mixes years ago which resulted in sick plants. I know, the sand was probably contaminted and/or alkaline. Thats why I stuck with plain peat moss all these...
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    D. prolifera, the "great" sundew nobody grows

    I recently purchased a D. prolifera from a west coast nursery. I've had great success with D. adelae in terraria so I thought I'd try a "sister" plant. The plant came in a 3" pot in live sphagnum. This species spreads by sending out above ground stolons that result in plantlets when they touch...
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    Has anyone tried "coir"?

    Has anyone out there tried any "Coir" products (aka coconut fiber) for growing their CPs?  Everything I've read about it suggests it should be ideal.
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