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23 April 2011 @ 07:50 pm
N. northiana  
Early post tonight. First off silvolf and xyndarella I sent you an Easter package today. So keep an eye on your mail. Meant to do it sooner but better late than never. ACTipton80, still working on yours.

Chris and I went out for breakfast today then we went to the post office to send off those packages. I hate filling out the customs forms. There are two and no matter which one I pick it's always the wrong one even if I change. So today Chris just asked the guy which one it was. He gave us the big form. When we got up there another guy took us and goes, "Did 'so and so' tell you to use these forms?" "Yeah." I go. "Sorry they're the wrong ones. The computar wants the small one." AAAAHH!!! Well it was funny actually because this time it was the post office guy that got it wrong. Everyone thought it was funny and he gave me a bunch of them to take home since I do send stuff over seas fairly frequently. That way I can fill both out and one will be right...unless they invent a third one. That would suck. I also asked what the rules are for shipping eggs within the state. No knew even the lady they pointed me to that said she knew all the regulations. Oh well that's ok.

We then went to Lowe's and Chris bought me another light fixture with blubs. I'll need it with the plants I have coming in. When we got home the mail had come and I got one of my plants!! I got my Nepenthes northiana. Oh I was thrilled. It came bare root and I made a pot for it and planted it right away. It was in great condition.

It seemed a bit soft so I put it in the bag since it's been in high humidity for over a week. You can just go from high to low humidity or you'll send a plant into shock and probably kill it. That or it will dry out. It needs to be hardened off which is why I put a bag over it. I know you can't see anything. I'll post a pick once it's freed. After a week I'll poke a hole in it then in about two days I'll poke two holes. I'll keep adding holes every two days until I can just completely get rid of the bag and it will be hardened off and ready for the room's normal humidity. More pics behind the cut.

I think that's a 3.5" pot so you guys get an idea of size. It's a low lander so it will be easy to take care of and should grow fast. Here's what it should look like once it's an adult .

My N. merrilliana is doing much better! Even though it dropped the pitcher now it seems much better. The three newest leaves have recolored in green very nicely. I don't count the first two because I can tell they have permanent damage. And the new one coming in looks bigger than when I first got it. Also the red on the new leaf I can tell is natural and not burnt like on the old leaves. I can't wait to get my first pitcher on this one.

This is that sprout I had that as so tiny. I still don't know if it's a Nepenthes but I'm going to just call it that. It's gotten bigger and getting secondary growth. So exciting.

So next I need to get a little humidifier. There's a cute pink one on Ebay I've got my eye on. And then I need to get a swamp cooler for the highland nepenthes.

We went to Best Buy to look around since we didn't have time last time. I do want to get that upgrade to my camera for sure. Then I can use my current one for time lapse projects. That will be cool.


I'm off now to boil and color those white eggs. Then Chris and I will watch The First Easter Rabbit. A great Easter cartoon.
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Peepsilvolf on April 24th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Awesome, I look forward to the package! We only have one type of customs form here so its easier. We have a roll of them at home too so I can fill one out before I take the package down to be mailed out.
Hehe the little Nepenthes is so cute! I hope it grows well.
Have a great Easter!
Des: Happy Easter - Chickthagirion on April 24th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
I think you'll like it. You and your mom can share as I put some new stuff in there. You're lucky it's only one. For us it's for stuff up to 4lbs then over.
Yes, I'm so happy about this new nepenthes.
Thanks, Happy Easter to you too.
actipton80actipton80 on April 24th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Happy Easter.

Your plants are doing better than mine. The new ones are overwhelmed by rain because we've been getting a ton of it. Something also dug up one of my carrots. The carrot was fine though so I gave it to the budgies.
Des: Easter Bunniesthagirion on April 24th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Happy Easter!

Oh sorry to hear that. Grrr, I bet it's a squirrel. I hate squirrels. Glad the budgies got something.
kabuldurkabuldur on April 24th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
Lol at your PO. There are so many forms even they don't know! Maybe eggs can't be sent by mail at all. We'll see.

Will you keep some of your Nepenthes in the humidifier? You wouldn't want your whole house to be humid, or you'd get mould growing everywhere! (Just like I have here).

If you get to do some time lapse photography, that would be cool.
Desthagirion on April 24th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's rediculous. Oh I know it can be done because people ship hatching eggs all the time. Mine don't have to be there as fast as they are not fertile.

Yes that's what it's for. I'm making a shelf system and it will go on there for the plants. It's a small humidfier so don't worry the whole house won't be a mountain side or anything.

Yeah, I think time lapse will be fun.
Cheezey: Sunflowercheezey on April 24th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Your plants are looking good! I'm glad that one reached you safely and in good condition.

The post office can be so frustrating. That's sad when even they don't know the correct forms to use.

Happy Easter!
sike_saner on April 24th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Good that the N. northiana arrived safely and the N. merrilliana is doing better. And happy Easter to you!