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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Medium sized update with photos #1

Howdy howdy. Long time no see huh. Well I can't see you but... you get the idea. Holiday is over and today I took part in qualification test for career college, the results come during next week's Friday. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Sometimes it's refreshing to start a meal with dessert so here we go with some Utricularia flowers.

U. sandersonii, which I get to bloom first time in my whole hobby!

U. dichotoma, first time blooming in my collection.Notice powdery mildew which attacked the flowerstalk.

U. uniflora took it's time to bloom but glad it did. Seems like this one likes the summery heat.

Then to my wannabe highland terrarium, which is for now a plastic box on my floor. The upper row D. venusta, G. roraimensis, U. asplundii and U. reniformis small form. Middle earth, I mean row D. natalensis with location data, D. roraimensis, D. regia. The sugar on the bottom is D. felix, U, nephrophylla and dead D. graomogolensis. D. graomogolensis was a bit ex tempore but I agreed to swap it for few sundews but unluckily the plant arrived when I was on my holiday and my parents potted it.
Rule number X: Never let your parents pot your carnivorous plants, unless they're carnivorous plants hobbyists too. Mine aren't.

U. asplundii are growing bigger leaves than before. I'll pot them in spahnum soon and hopefully it will improve their growing.

D. natalensis from Inanda road, Waterfall, Kwa-Zulu, Natal, RSA and D. kaiteurensis. Oops! File name of the picture says D. roraimensis. Maybe I'm getting old or I just have too many plants. :D

Drosera venusta is a true fighter. Now it is growing perfectly with even a flowerstalk.

I was shocked when I came home and saw my Darlingtonia with only few leaves. The biggest leaves had dried away and below is a picture that might reveal the reason why it all happened.

The base of the plant has turned purple coloured, which I think might be a symptom of fungal infection. Well at least I treated My Darling with some fungicide. But if you recognize this symptom and it is about something else than fungal infection, please comment or e-mail. 

Well here are the pictures for now. During the next week I'll post more  Take care of yourself and your plants, beware closed greenhouses. Happy growing!


  1. Ei ole sandersoniilta tullut kukkaa vuoden aikana kertaakaan. Mokomakin helppo herne...

    1. En tiedä sitten mikä taika tossa mun vesiherne-terrassa on, mutta toisaalta käytän kasvilamppua, joka on vähän reilun 10 cm päässä kasveista ja nyt vielä hienoinen lämpötilan nousu stimuloi joitain kasveja kukkimaan.

      Nyt keskikesällä mm. Utricularia calycifida 'Lavinia Whateley', prehensilis, flaccida, minutissima 'Gunung Jerai' ja Genlisea flexuosa ja pygmea (ex G. filiformis) kasvattavat kukkavanoja hullun lailla.

  2. Beautiful Utric flowers! I just got my 1st one, seeing how that goes before buying more, spending money on something I'm not sure if I can grow yet! Love that U. sandersonii though, supposedly it is one of the easier to grow, have you found that to be true? Congrats on the D. venusta flower too, that's my only Drosera I haven't gotten to flower yet!

    1. ThankS! :) U. sandersonii in a pretty easy species I think, at least in my conditions. It isn't too long from when I got this plant and already it had grown long roots outside of the pot and several flowerstalks. Some other plants that are very easy and worth to try U. nephrophylla, alpina x humboldtii, calycifida and livida.

      For me D. venusta has been a very tricky plant and I almost killed it last year but then started growing crazily after I put it in terrarium which I keep in floor level, thus giving it a bit cooler temps than for most of my Drosera. My tip to D. venusta is "Keep it cool."