dotdman's CP photo thread

dotdman

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So this is my first post here in a loooong time, though I do wander back on every so often. I don't keep much in the way of arachnids these days (a pair of G. rosea, with some Linothele sp. on the way), but my long-time fascination with carnivorous plants has grown into a proper addiction. My wife doesn't mind this one nearly as much.

For anyone curious the camera is just a Sony Cybershot DSC-HX200V, which has pretty decent macro capabilities for what it is. Anyway, a few pics to start things off. More to follow later.

"Bohemian Garnet" Flytrap cultivar


Drosera scorpioides


Drosera spatulata "Kanto Form"


and Drosera capensis, "red"


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Kevin P.
 

Avery

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Excellent photos and plants. I am also a collector of CP's, primarily Nepenthes, but I have a pretty diverse collection. Linothele are great. Very interesting spiders.
 

dotdman

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Thanks for the kind words! Oh, I wish I could keep neps, but I just don't have the room for them at the moment (city living and all, a whole 720 sq ft to my name). I keep a few VFT's and pitcher plants, but mostly focus on sundews. I love 'em, and they have the benefit of being pretty modestly sized for the most part.

I'm really looking forward to the Linothele - from what I've seen on the web, they're gorgeous. In the vids I've seen they remind me a bit of the bigger funnel weaving grass spiders we had back in NC... I wouldn't mind keeping a few of those as well, but I'm a long way from NC at this point.

A few more pics -

Drosera burmannii


Drosera spatulata "Kanto Form"


Drosera nidiformis


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Kevin P.
 

Avery

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That Drosera spatulata is very nice. How do you get them to produce dew like that with such nice colour? I have Drosera tokaiensis and D. oblanceolata but I'm not getting the same results.
 

dotdman

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The "Kanto Form" variety of spatulata has a lovely habit of going red. Mostly it's the lighting I think. I grow mine indoors under T8 lamp fixtures with 6500k bulbs. Give them a 14 or 15 hour light cycle under those conditions and the colors really start to pop. In the case of the nidiformis I have to admit that it was just hungry! At the time I took the photo It had just grown too tall for the springtails to chance onto it, and I'd not yet started feeding it.

I should also note that I don't get that degree of color from everything, and even plants of the same species can vary. I'm not entirely sure of all the variables at work there, but I know lighting and food are the two big ones. My sessilifolia are a good example of how much impact feeding can have on color - when well fed they're all green, but when hungry they blaze.

Fed:


Please sir, I want some more:
 

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My D. binata is dormant right now, so naturally it looks like crap at the moment. Do you have any advice on getting sundews acclimated to more intense sun? I know you have to do so in order to prevent the leaves from getting burned, but this seems to happen no matter what when I put them out in the sun.
 

dotdman

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My D. binata is dormant right now, so naturally it looks like crap at the moment. Do you have any advice on getting sundews acclimated to more intense sun? I know you have to do so in order to prevent the leaves from getting burned, but this seems to happen no matter what when I put them out in the sun.
I really have no idea - I live 5 floors up and have literally no outdoor growing experience when it comes to carnivorous plants. Filtering the light somehow might help if you can do it, but I really don't know. You might ask around the nepenthes growers, and see how they acclimate their plants. I know neps can have a tendency to roast in full sun as well.
 
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