Don Burden (donb@iglou.com)
Sat, 13 May 95 11:14 EDT

I have 6 rooted cuttings left of Nepenthes x mixta 'Superba' (male)
available for trade or sale for $15 each. I'll give preference to those
who have CP or orchids (species or awarded mericlones) available in
exchange. My growlist is in the listserve archives. The mother plant of
N. x mixta 'Superba' has really grown well after repotting into a 17 inch
pot last year. New pitchers are 11.5 inches, which is a few inches more
than the biggest pitchers I've ever seen before now. The inflorescence it
produced last winter was 42 inches and contained a few hundred flowers.

Instead of Superthrive, I've been using Hormex hormone concentrate. This
is a little cheaper and is more concentrated than Superthrive. You
can buy both from Mellingers. Here's the info on the labels:
1-Napthaleneacetic Acid .24%
3-Indolebutyric Acid .013%
Vitamin B-1 .25%
1-Naphthyl Acetic Acid .048%
Vitamin B-1 .09%

There is a male plant of N. burkei flowering here. Does anyone need the
pollen? This plant looks a lot like N. ventricosa.

As for growing temperate Pinguicula, I've been trying them in a mix of
vermiculite and perlite - the same mix used for some of the tropical
species. The results have so far been good. Even though this mix is said
to be slightly basic instead of acidic with the usual peat moss or
a sphagnum mix, the plants seem to grow a little better anyway. I've also
noticed aphids are attracted to Pings.

Most of the plants that wintered outside came through ok. I've been keeping
all the D. binata varieties outside during the past few winters and these
come through great and are producing a big spurt of growth now. I don't
think I'll keep D. capensis outside during the winter anymore because all
the crowns die. It still comes up from the roots, but the size of the
plants are much smaller.

D. chrysolepis is flowering for the second year. Flowers are very large
for a Drosera. My plants are about 5" high. A lot of the old leaves have
died toward the bottom, but I notice there's a number of new crowns
sprouting from the stem, with one even starting its own inflorescence.

Don Burden
New Albany, Indiana, USA