About the Finn in the other end of the cable

Eastern Finland, Finland
Hello and thank you for visiting my blog! I'm DW and I'm 19 years old Finnish guy who has grown carnivorous plants since 2009 alongside with orchids, bromeliads, cacti and chilies. Besides growing plants I keep this blog, take photos, cook, read books and watch movies. At the moment I'm highschool graduate studying audiovisual communication in career college. For contacts my e-mail address is kihokki01[at]gmail[dot]com. You can also find here my grow list and want list

Monday, October 14, 2013

Blog on hiatus

Hello everybody!

I'm here to write that my blog will be on hiatus for a while. The reasons led to this are my computer (broken hard drive and graphics card) and career college, which takes about 9 hours of my day on weekdays. Without a working computer it is impossible to transfer the photos to internet, without significantly dropping in quality for example in photos taken by a smartphone camera. I want to keep the quality of the posts and photos at least as high as theu are now so the best choise will be to put the blog on hiatus. No worries because I'll be back as soon as possible. Thank you very much for reading my blog and see you soon! :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New plants and last days of T.R.A.P.

Howdy howdy everybody!

Yesterday two new epiphytic Utricularia arrived to my collections and these plants are
  U. longifolia x alpina  and
  U. nephrophylla x geminiloba.
Thanks to Dafinka from darwiniana.cz.
Clockwise from bottom front, U. nephrophylla x geminiloba, U. alpina x endresii, U. longifolia, U. longifolia x alpina, U. geminiloba and U. nephrophylla
Last week I received plants fron CarniSana, which I already gave you a brief review. Gorgeous Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor, which was the main course of the packet was over my expectations with many vigorous growing points.

Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor
Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor
Hopefully the Heli will thrive in my so called "highland" terrarium, of which I don't have specific information of temperatures or humidity, but as soon as soon as I have some some more info I will update it here. This highland terrarium is a used aquarium on near floor level and under a window to provide extra cooling.

Much Changes have come in growing my plants because I had to fit my plants in two terrariums, which made me to sort these plants into two groups, heat lovers and cool growers. Among heat lovers is my newest glistering jewel, the last Queensland sister I did not own, funny looking Drosera prolifera.

Lowland terrarium
Wet corner including terrestrial Utricularia and Genlisea
So here is the T.R.A.P. shown. In the terrarium "heat lovers" there are all of my Nepenthes pitcher plants, Queensland and petiolaris complex Drosera, Drosera oblanceolata and nearly all of my terrestrial Utricularia and Genlisea. After long search of easy to grow Genlisea I found at last G. flexuosa and pygmea which are flowering to me at the moment.

Genlisea flexuosa from Furnas
Genlisea pygmea
Cool growers include epiphytic Utricularia, leftovers of Drosera, Genlisea and Utricularia plus Heliamphora and Brocchinia reducta, which is one of the most vigorously growing plants recently in my collections. Arrived with three leaves, which are already long gone, and now looks like this. Still nothing happened in the size, but the growing speed is good.

Brocchinia reducta
"Highland" terrarium
Drosera kaiteurensis soon to bloom
Well everything can't go perfectly jo my lamp decided to go dark and my plants in "highland" terrarium need to grow under warm white fluorescent tube until I get another plant tube.

One of the best things happened  (right after getting my stitches away)  in this week is that one of my most waited plant hybrids has become reality in form of U. asplundii x jamesoniana, which you can see pictures of in CPPF or take a look at the original thread in CPUK. Now to just wait until someone crosses U. asplundii or U. jamesoniana with U. campbelliana or U. quelchii. My list of wanted plants just keeps getting longer and longer when  U. asplundii x jamesoniana is added to it
   I have seed grown U asplundii but they are still pretty small plants and in next season I'm considering of buying U. jamesoniana which is said to be a bit challenging because of it's small size, which is why it is easily overgrown by moss.

So my small scale holiday is soon to over and for me it is return to study writing, communication, adobe illustrator, school security and history of arts among many other subjects. Hopefully studies to become a media assistant will also helm me make this blog better to read for you all. Next blog post will most likely focus on temperate plants and how I will prepare them for dormancy. Until my next post, happy growing and sunshine to all of you!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

T.R.A.P. and some newbies

Hello my dear readers! First of all I'm sorry for not writing here for a long time. At the moment I'm studying in career college, and my subject is audiovisual communication (graphic design and multimedia especially). Daily the career college takes me from seven to nine hours including over one hundred kilometers traveling on bus. Also my health hasn't been the best but after a surgery and  few days in hospital I'm good as new and now having more time to write to you during my two week holiday.

Project T.R.A.P. comes fron Terrarium Re Arrangement Project, which is because the autumn is coming and I need to fit all my plants indoors and also fit my new plants in.

Because of my new plants and trying a new webshop I'll give you a small review of the Polish carnivorous plants webshop CarniSana, which you can find at http://www.carnisana.pl/

I left my order in the middle of the week and next day I had my first email from them on 21st of August including summary of my order, contacts and a bank account number. I paid them but during the next week they faced some unexpected problems in sending plants so they sent me my order on Monday 2nd of September, which was actually good thing for I was in the hospital when the packet was meant to originally arrive. Today I received the packet including the following plants:

Dionaea muscipula 'Bohemian Garnet' (bonus plant)
Dionaea muscipula 'Cup Trap' (bonus plant)
Drosera prolifera
Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor

All of them in best conditions as plants can be after shipping up to Finland from Poland. Also Heliamphora was shipped potted and packed carefully, plant having multiple gorgeous growing points. Two lovely small flytraps will definitely make it up for the extra week and I believe the delay in my case was just pre-winter rush when everybody wants new plants before winter.

Summary of the webshop: Absolutely great webshop. Selection is good, prices are just right, service is friendly and fast. Definitely check out if you want to have new plants before winter!


Sorry no pics for you this time butpics of my new plants and also the old ones will be included in a blog post which will be published within a week. Until then, happy growing!