Carnivorous plants!

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  1. Hendre

    Hendre Polypterus freak

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    A few people asked me to start a thread on carnivorous plants, so here goes.

    Quick disclaimer - I am no expert on these plants, this thread is just a summary of my short (4 months) experience, advice and research I have received or done.

    Anyway, let's start.

    I currently have several varieties in cultivation which I'll list here
    1. Drosera capensis "wide leaf"
    2. Drosera capensis "white"
    3. Drosera capensis (some regular form)
    4. Two sarracenia (trumpet pitcher) species
    5. A mixed bunch of capensis varieties
    They have so far been pretty easy to grow. Initially I purchased a bag of potting mix from Pan's carnivores where all the capensis sprouted from (it's a weed) after collecting the Wide leaf in December. I haven't been feeding them yet. I'll add more information in the coming days as I finish some of my other projects, but here's a photo of my collection!
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    Hendre

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    I also received seeds of the following from Seeds for Africa (Their service was excellent and quick!), they are currently in pots so fingers crossed they germinate:
    • Drosera cistiflora
    • Drosera cuneifolia
    • Drosera pauciflora
    • Drosera trinervia
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    The seeds are about the size of a pencil tip... Crazy small. They should start sprouting eventually. This is what adults look like:

    Cistiflora:
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    Cuneifolia:
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    Pauciflora:
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    Trinervia:
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    So quite an interesting array. Now to wait
     
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    They look really cool! Hopefully they will all germinate!
     
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    That's really interesting @Hendre!

    Something we dont see every day
    Good luck with the seeds and keep us posted!!
     
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    Wow, that is really interesting, didn't know there are so many carnivorous plant species available, that is amazing, from the pics it looks like it is a plant that stays pretty small in most cases? I've read that they go dormant in the winter, I take it that they basically lose the flower?
     
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    Some awesome looking plants Hendre. I think I need to find some.

    On a side note I read the title as Coronavirus plants:eek:. Clearly things are getting out of hand
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Not all species go dormant, and these plants are just young and haven't been fed too much. Don't want to supersize them yet :D

    Flowers just seem to pop up whenever it's warm, so probably won't see them in winter.

    They are interesting!
     
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    I see "A little shop of horrors" coming on. FEED ME.
     
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    That's the plan!
     
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    Nice collection you have there!
     
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    Thanks! In future I hope to get some Nepenthes (tropical pitchers) and bring more of the local species into cultivation :D
     
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    How long have you been keeping them?
     
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    Since December, so very recent
     
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    Good luck with them.

    All the seeds are of western cape drosera. Winter growing and summer dormant.
     
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    You beauty. Thanks for the thread. Im keen on getting myself involved in this. Even looking into freshwater carnivorous plants
     
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    Sourcing aquatic Utricularia might be quite tricky.

    For anyone who is interested in carnivorous plants, the best option for obtaining plants is tracking down other growers in SA and seeing if they would be happy to give away spares

    And also seed distributions from international societies.
     
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    @Hendre,

    I cant wait to see the little house of horrors being fed!!
     
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    This is one of my Venus Flytraps

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    We'll be moving some into my brothers room to deal with all the little flies that propagate in his millipede and insect setups, otherwise I have not fed them yet.

    Very thick growth! Still haven't got one of these yet.
     

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