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

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy holidays!

Jewel Orchid Ludisia discolor flowers very impressively at the moment.

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And then heres gift from my relatives nice potfull of Poinsettia.

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Happy holidays for you my reader!

Thanks for reading my blog! :-)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December pics

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U. calycifida 'Lavinia Whateley' has been growing really nicely since it arrived. Maybe I will take few leaf cuttings just to make it more bushier.

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U. reniformis grows so nicely. Hopefully in future I will see some flowers too.

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P. emarginatas are really beautiful and they really are growing out of their pot in width.

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Who said that D. burmannii is annual? Because it isn't. After flowering this small plant is still growing nicely. Hopefully plants originated from humpty doo will be as marvelous little plants. And it is always fascinating to look at the tentacles and their rapid movement.

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Here thay are. My first successful pygmy sundews grown from gemmae.

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N. veitchii 'Golden Perisome' from Bario. Growing slowly but easily.

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Full view of N. ampullaria 'Brunei red' x 'Harlequin'
And yes. You saw it there. A basal shot.

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Largest pitcher at the moment.

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About 5,5 cm high.

And here's for those who say that orchids are difficult to grow, Ludisia discolor, in flower, grown in a cup of water, placed on a north facing window for a half year.

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Monday, December 05, 2011

Waiting for Christmas

Hey everybody! Waiting for Christmas? I am, because it is the best day of the year. No job, no school, just being with family and having fun.

Unfortunately there's a dark side of christmas. It is in winter and winter in Finland is very very cold and dark. Plants slow down the growth speed and temperate plants must go to dormancy. But it makes me feel happpy when I watch videos about carnivorous plants. There are some videos or users in youtube that I'd like to recommend to everyone who's into carnivorous plants.



How to take care for a venus flytrap by expert village is the fist one in my list because the videos of expert village give you good, maybe a bit too narrow overview of the whole hobby.Videos of expertvillage have something to say about other carnivorous plants than just the venus flytrap but the flytrap really cathces the highlight in their videos.



Monthly carnivorous plant care by SarraceniaNorthwest. This is so far the best account for overview videos. They show things around their nursery, talk about care for carnivorous plants and show their own plants. new video comes out monthly but many of the old ones have been deleted somewhy. :(



Sundewman's videos. They're absolutely amazing, cool and lovely. I love the way he describes each of the species and hybrids separately and tells his own observations. You should watch these if you're a sundew lover.

Few days ago I changed the top pic of this blog to a bit more personal and to fit better on the blogs subject. Hope you like the pitcher of my Cephalotus follicularis.

I will take pictures of my plants during this week and update my blog again later.

It is really amazing to think that I've been writing this blog for almost a year and I'm happy to see that my blog has over 1600 pageviews and traffic from 43 countries. Hope you have enjoyed reading this blog and would like to see more posts in future too.

During the time I couldn't update my blog I got few new seeds and even tried growing some pygmy sundews from gemmae. Seeds of D. burmannii from Humpty Doo, Australia and gemmae of D. omissa x pulchella, thanks to Dieter!

Happy Christmas time!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New seeds and updates

Howdy.

Yesterday I received seeds of D. ascendens from Bandeira Peak, D. intermedia from Cuba, D. oblanceolata 'Sunset Peak' and D. kaiteurensis thanks to Carlos Rohrbacher.
Not so sure if I can get D. ascendens to grow well but I will try my best.

My newest Utrics have already recovered well and growth speed of epiphytic utrics is faster than I predicted in my conditions.

U. reniformis
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U. nephrophylla 'Serra dos Orgaos'
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U. alpina looking very happy.
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U. tricolor
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My Cephalotus is making a new (big?) pitcher. The tendril is thicker than the ones that it makes to It's juvenile pitchers. Maybe first good sized pitcher?
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Sundew seedling are growing steadily.

D. natalensis from Inanda road
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D. nidiformis
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D. intermedia from Gran Sabana is amazing me with false vivipary again. So far this flower stalk plantlet has grown in to a nice small plant, which is making it's own flowerstalk.
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Weird isn't it?

D. felix is showing some positive sings and is opening it's first dewy leaves soon.
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D. graomogolensis is slowly growing but so far no dewy leaves.
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D. petiolaris showing lots of dewy leaves
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Pinguicula emarginata x(moranensis x ehlrsiae) plants grown from leaf cuttings.

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Seeds of my cross D. spatulata var. lovellae 'Bloody Red' x D. intermedia 'Gran Sabana'and vice versa are soon rippen and I will try to germinate them as soon as possible.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Seeds for sale and seeds not for sale

My sundews are making some seeds again. I'm happy to announce that I have plenty of D. intermedia 'Gran Sabana' seeds for sale soon. This species is very vigorous and can cope with 30*C temperatures easily. My D. burmannii, D. spatulata 'Bloody Red' and D. binata have flowered a lot too and if I get enough seeds, I will sell them too.

Today, when I investigated drying flower of Sarracenia psittacina I noticed that the plant had about 20 seeds in the dry flower. I will not sell these seeds, but I will try to grow my very first seedgrown Sarracenia from these seeds.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Plants away from frost, trying to make a new hybrid

Today I took my plants away from outside. I'm trying to keep them alive indoors till in November I will put them in refridgerator for winter dormancy. In this year I will have more temperate plants than ever. 4 Sarracenia pitcher plants, 2 venus flytraps and 2 species of temperate sundews.

Few weeks ago I tried crossing D. spatulata 'Bloody Red' and D. intermedia from Gran Sabana, Venezuela. Will let you hear about the results as soon as possible.

Plants receved from Veek are already recovering from delivery thanks to fastness of delivery, from Belgium to Finland in 3 days! D. graomogolensis is opening 4 new leaves, which 1 has dewdrops. Some dew drops have already returned to D. petiolaris and I will hope that both of them will groww succesfully in my current conditions.

Plants received from Tobias Kulig are slowly recovering. Due to non-registered postage the packet was on its way for 2 weeks. D. felix was okay and is slowly showing some new growth but D. graminifolia's leaves were all rotten and now I will hope if new plantlets would sprout from the roots. So always remember to get packet registered if the contents of the packet are valuable! Despite the bad luck with my plants I will order more plants from Tobias in near future. Tobias is a trustworthy seller and only sells quality plants and seeds. I recommend you to buy plants from him. Just remember to have the packet registered.

My terraria is now clean too. I was shocked how moldy my terraria was. Now I know the reason why my seedslings mold so often. Guess I just have to make new terraria during winter. From now on, I will never use any organic material in my plants terraria. It is so long wood-glass terraria and welcome full glass terraria, as soon as I just get the material.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sprouting and germinating

Good news.

Leaf cuttings of P. emarginata x (ehlersiae x moranensis) have sprouted and I have now plants of all 3 different clones that Nokkahiiri sent me.

Also the seeds of the following species' havegerminated very well.
D. coccicaulis
D. sessifolia from Chapada dos Guimaraes, Brazil which had amazing germination rate. Almost all of the seeds germinated.
D. tomentosa from Morro do Jambeiro, Grao Mogol, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Soon I will receive some new plants (again) and post a new pic.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New plants and few pics

Today arrived:
D. felix 'Tuku Mauruku, Gran Sabana'
D. graminifolia 'Diamantina, Brazil'

Thanks Tobias!

And after that few pics.

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Drosera binata flower

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Blurry pic of false vivipary on D. intermedia 'Gran Sabana'

Monday, September 05, 2011

Many new bladderworts

Many Utricularia species were received today.

U. calycifida 'Lavinia Whateley'
U. laxa
U. minutissima Gunung Tahan
U. nephrophylla 'White flower' Serra dos Orgaos
U. reniformis
U. tricolor
U. tridentata

Thanks moof!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Seeds arrived

Today I received seeds of Drosera sessifolia with a location of Chapada dos Guimaraes, Brazil. Thanks to VChr!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New ping cuttings

Cuttings of Pinguicula emarginata x (moranensis x ehlersiae) arrived today thanks to Nokkahiiri!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The BIG photo update!

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Starts with Pinguicula emarginata

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Followed by other Pinguicula such as Pinguicula laueana

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Pinguicula esseriana. So far the loveliest Pinguicula that I grow.

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Seedlings of Pinguicula lusitanica

Continuing with other plants of Lentibulariaceae family. Such as...

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Utricularia livida

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The blue flowered form of Utricularia livida

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Utricularia uniflora

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seedgrown Utricularia calycifida from Gran Sabana, Venezuela

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Utricularia sandersonii

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Utricularia pubescens

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Utricularia alpina is growing new leaves at the same time

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It's root are growing out of the pot much sooner than I predicted

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Genlisea violacea from Grao Mogol, Brazil.

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Genlisea lobata x violacea

After So many plants from Lentibulariaceae family some pitchers.

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Nepenthes ampullaria 'Brunei Red' x 'Harlequin'

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Newest pitcher is only a bit smaller than those which plant had when it came to me. This pitcher is about 5 cm(2") high.

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Nepenthes veitchii 'Golden Perisome' from Bario, Malaysia. The slowest growing Nepenthes that I own.

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Nepenthes rafflesiana made it's largest pitcher so far. pitcher is 7 cm(2,7") high

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Who said that Finland is cold all year rounf. During summer we can even grow Nepenthes x Ventrata outdoors. Pitcher is about 10 cm(4") high and is producing so much nectar that some of it drains on the floor. Plant has been growing outdoors since June.

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Cephalotus follicularis baby plant received from CZ plants is showing some signs of growth.

Then my favourite plants. The sundews.
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Starting with Drosera intermedia from Gran Sabana, Venezuela

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Followed by Drosera adelae

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Drosera spatulata var. lovellae 'Bloody Red'

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From left to right Drosera capensis normal form and Drosera capensis red form.

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Drosera aliceae

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Young Drosera madagascariensis

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Drosera neocaledonica slowly recovering

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Drosera binata is vigorous psecies for me. Making tens of new leaves at the same time and even 2 flowerstalks.

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Drosera paradoxa has grown longer leaves since I got it

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Drosera burmannii is growing a flowerstalk

Thanks for reading my blog. Happy growing!