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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My N. viking seedling

Here is my largest viking seedlings. I forgot who gave the seeds, so long already, but thanks to that person, I have my first nep from seed.



















My largest picher. So cute and small.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Carnivorous Plants

A few more photos of my carnivorous plants.

P. x Tina



















 P. x Weser



















 My crowded D. intermedia ' Great Swamp'



















 D. muscipula ' Typical'



















D. muscipula ' Green'



















N. madagascariensis



















My various Sarracenias



















 My Nepenthes growing place



















My other carnivorous plant growing place

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Finally, an update.

My plants now:

Finally. after so long, I decided to upload photos of my plants. Here are they. Comments please.

N. ventricosa


S. minor hybrid


C. follicularis


N. x Indah


N. Hirsuta x Spathulata


N. x Hookeriana


N. sanguinea


My overgrown N. x Miranda


N. bicalcarata


N. ampullaria


N. rafflesiana 'Bau Red Giant'


My N. albomarginata 'Black' pitcher about to be eaten by the x Hookeriana.


N. albomarginata 'Black'


My long N. albomarginata 'Black'


N. x Hookeriana 'Hot Lips'


N. rafflesiana 'Kuching Squat Red'


N. albomarginata 'Cameron Highlands'


My overgrown minibog


My tillandsias

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Venus Flytraps, Nature Gone Mad

Venus Flytraps are one of the most famous carnivorous plants on Earth. They have appeared in works of fiction as gruesome man-eating plants. But in reality, they are just as big as a hand. The interesting part is that they can snap their leaves like jaws. They are one of the few plants with nastic movements, the other being mimosa pudica, sundews and some other plants. Some cultivars are bigger and colourful while some are boring, small and dull. They are known scientifically as Dionaea Muscipula. They are only found naturally in North and South Carolina, USA. They are endangered just like Nepenthes. So, protection is needed for their survival.

I've grown some and they are more difficult then Monkey Cups as they need a winter dormancy as they come from temperate countries. The problem is Malaysia, a tropical country does not have winter. Therefore, some growers must force their plants to sleep or else they will die from lack of energy.They love water but they must not be grown in high nutrient environment.

Here's some of mine:

D.muscipula 'Red Dragon'
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D.muscipula 'Green'
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Nepenthes, An Endangered Beauty

Nepenthes are also known as Tropical Pitcher Plants, Periuk Kera and Monkey Cups. They can be found all over South-East Asia but some can be found in India and even a few places in Australia. Most of them are found in Borneo where they are in danger of extinction due to deforestation. these unappreciated plants are sought by many carnivorous plants growers for their uniqueness and beauty. Some of them are so rare they can already be considered 'extinct'. Therefore, we must protect these marvelous plants from being destroyed.

I've collected many species of nepenthes from the most common hybrids to some rarer species. Here are some of them:

N. xmiranda



N. albomarginata 'Black'



N. chaniana



N. truncata



N. xhookeriana



N. rafflesiana ' Bau Red Giant'



Those are just some of my plants. So wait for more to come. Bye.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Carnivorous Plants, A True Wonder of Nature

Most of us have seen insects eating plants. Grasshoppers munch on grass, caterpillar eating leaves and snails damaging vegetables. But this is the opposite in carnivorous plants. They eat insects and other small creatures instead to get a supply of nutrients. This is because they grow in poor soil with little to no nutrients. They need insects to grow well.

Since last year, I've developed a fascination for these plants. Especially Tropical Pitcher Plants found locally. They are scientifically known as Nepenthes. These plants trap insects by a pitfall trap. Insects who enter their cups searching for nectar will drown in a pool of acidic water and then the plants digest them.

I've grown some of them. they are hard to get and often quite expensive. Now my collection is almost worth a few thousand. They can be hard to grow for newbies as they require special needs such as mineral and chlorine-free water and nutrient-free soil as nutrients may burn their roots and kill the plant. For those interested in these plants, there is a local forum known as http://www.petpitcher.com/. The members are very friendly and helpful. There are not only local members but also international ones from France, Australia, America etc. Hope more people will get interested in this hobby.