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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Drosera Finlaysoniana Seed for harvest.

These drosera from David F. is amazing. They grow like weed but most perish due to the heat here. Yes I need to solve the heat issue. Anyway the plant throw out flower stalks all at the same time like no tomorrow. I harvest a handful so if you like some do check out the seed sale page above.

If you don'y know what you are looking at. Let me help.

This photo is zoomed in using a macro lens on a DSLR camera. (Check my camera set up link on top). This is a dried flower pod that has cracked open for the seeds to disperse, you can see the seeds in the seed pod. The looked like oval ash black golf balls that is 0.01mm perhaps.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Drosera ultramafica x spatulata Flower

Drosera Ultramafica x Spatulata send up its flower stalk and I took a photo of it. Its not the best flower coz the past few bloom wasn't the right time for me to take picture of it. Anyway, Here's my humble photo.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

My usual excuse for not posting was too busy with family. I still keep many of these carnivorous plants but not much added to the collection. The new collections were mainly nepenthe as they were easier to care for where I grow carnivorous plants (in the book shelf).

I have some issues which I had avoided for the longest time and decided that I will try to fix it this year. The heat! The LED setup which I'm using could be the cause of many death and stress environment for my plants. Perhaps in the bookshelf, 30 x 3W LED is not such a good idea. Which more fanciful designs and easier setups provided locally now. I already had some ideas in mind.

Will try to post more so here's a start!

Drosera Marston Dragon is perking up quite a bit. It'd even developed 8 points for the first time in my stressful environment!


Drosera Marston Dragon : 8 Points




Drosera Marston Dragon: Not the best looking one but, ya its doing good!


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Drosera Finlaysoniana: This is a first flower bloom .

I've had these Drosera from David Flocken a few times, they came as seeds and the germination rate is very good, but the crazily hot and humid weather in Singapore kill these plants when they were young.  I've managed to get theses batch 2 to stabilise but in the process, I lost more than half of the batch. Anyway I got it to flower for the first time! I was very happy as not only it flowers for the first time for me, it is also the 1st flower bloom from the 1st flower stalk. Triple happiness :)

Drosera Finlaysoniana

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Check your water trays!

I was checking my water tray one day and found tiny worms wriggling n the water. Thinking it was fungus gnat larvae, I'd ignored it, but something was off, the way it move was very familiar, it triggered the danger sense in me and with my curiosity, I took some samples for a closer look.

Here's what it is, a mosquito larvae.... many of them


Another stage, ready to emerge as a dangerous mosquito


I immediately pour away all the water from all the trays, let it dry for the day befrore toppping up with water again the next day . We should all do our to keep the environment safe. Mosquito can be quite deadly if they carry diseases.

What we can do :
1. check the water tray often, at least every 3 days for foreign creatures like mosquito larvae.
2. Let the water tray dry out between watering, it not only keep the pest away, it also let the plant root and media breath
3. Put mosquito and pest prevention tablets or solution but also make sure it is safe for carnivorous plants. (eg: "Mosquito dunk" is very popular among Carnivorous plants hobbyists, it is safe for cp)

Either way, enjoy your CP hobby and cheers! Here's a drum of Glenmorangie Duthac to enjoy while admiring my plants.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Couple of Drosera in macro and my new pet!

Had been on my Macro gears lately. Here's some of the shots, enjoy~

D. Madagascariensis : This is still that 1 and only seed that germinate from a batch which I've sow some couples of months ago.


Another shot



D. Finlaysoniana


A closer shot


Drosera Intermedia from Chris Davis


Bark Mantis  (Amorphoscelis sp.) : Bonus shot, I happened to pick this one up at the entrance of my office, it was upside down but it cling onto me as I picked it up, its now my pet!



A video of the mantis eating a winged termite,
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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Drosera Intermedia Big Audrey ready for next generation

This batch of Drosera Intermedia Big Audrey has been flowering non stop for months! They have been producing lots of seeds too. I have put them up in the seed sale link about the page if anyone is interested.