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26 May 2011 @ 07:37 pm
New nepenthes  
Today's been a very good but odd day. I got to cut down one of the bushes by the back of the house. I have decided that the original place I want the chicken coop is not where it will go anymore. I'd rather have the chickens closer to the house in case something goes wrong. So I was waiting for my package and the doorbell rings. I never open the door unless I'm waiting for a package and know it's coming. So I open the door and it's an older guy. EEP! He said he'd seen my pigeon loft and wanted to know if I had any tumblers because he was interested in buying some or if I knew anyone that had any. No to both. He asked if I raced or had racing pigeons. I don't race but I do have racing pigeons. I told him I had normal blue bars and blue checks. I told him I'd take him in the back and show him the birds. I'd be glad to sell him the blue ones but not my whites. He said he wanted a pair, but I told him all my blues were males. I only had one female I can sell and she's mix of wild pigeon and racing pigeon. But they're all homing pigeons and homing pigeons are bred from the wild rock dove which as the homing instinct. He didn't seem to care too much about the pedigree so long as they homed. It just sucks that all my blues and colored pigeons are males. How did that happen? I told him I could sell him that one pair at $20 a bird AND I could let one of my white pairs breed or whoever breeds first, handfeed the babies for him and sell him those. I told him this way he wouldn't have prisoners because if he lets them go they'll fly back to me. He was interested in both options but said he had to build a pigeon loft first. Yeah, so we'll see how that goes. Hope this isn't another one like that egg customer that never showed. We exchanged numbers and I gave him some peaches.

While we were chatting in the yard I saw the mailman drive up and put something in the box. I went to check after my guest left because I didn't want the plants sitting in the hot box. Nothing. WTF? I checked the front door and there was nothing there. I got pretty mad. I HATE our mailman. Never have I had such bad mail service. I know I keep saying that but yes in all my life this is a first. He needs to be fired. So I checke the website and it said it was in my city and "out for delivery". I called the post office to complain and they told me it was on his truck and he probably "just missed" it. No, I'm sure that's not what it was. I think he didn't see Chris's truck and didn't think anyone was home and was too lazy because the package wouldn't fit in the mailbox. But now he had to drive out here twice. Bet he was pissed. Good, I'm glad to have spread some of the negativity. But he still didn't ring the door bell only left it on the door step. Good thing I was watching out the window. Good thing I don't have a sniper rifle.

But once I opened the box I was very happy again. I got my second Nepenthes northiana and the most beautiful nepenthes I've seen and own. This is Nepenthes albomarginata var rubra.

This is different from the red pitcher version because not only are the pitchers red but so are the leaves. I hadn't expected such lovely color on such a young plant. It still doesn't have the white ring around the neck but I'm sure it will develope it later. But I'm stunned. It looks like my bass. The same shades of red. Not only that but it came in a pot which I hadn't expected AND it came in LIVE sphagnum moss. I've been thinking about live moss but wasn't quite ready to order it yet. I hope I don't kill it, the moss that is. The nepenthes I know what to do with.
Pics of the northiana behind the cut.

This is how most nepenthes come. Bare root, stuffed with long fiber sphagnum moss and wrapped in paper towel. I had already taken off the paper towel. This one was much bigger than my little one and it worse shape. The pitchers are pale and there were lots of dead leaves and pitchers. I cut those off.

Really bad lighting but here it is all potted up.

A close up of the biggest pitcher.

Both of them in the tank.

Close up. Funny because I was so worried originally about my first one and it's very healthy now. I'm quite certain I can make this one recover. It's definitely an older plant though. Mine is a brand new baby and all its leaves are its first. So its pitchers are all small compared to this one. I put this one in the same soil and the same conditions should help. The only thing I didn't do I'm worried about now is remove the sphagnum moss around the roots. I know they need to have an airy mix and the moss might be bad and not let it breath. I'm worried I may have to unpot it and repot it. That would suck and with this media being basically like sand that means I have to take half of it out. I can't just make a hole as it instantly fills in. It's perlite, vermiculite, sand and a bit of peat. So basically all mineral mix. One other thing is I need to remove the hyacinths. The low light is killing them. Poor frog. He loves them.

I've been doing research into what kind of floating plant I could use that can take low light. Very few water plants that flat like low light and I may have to use fake plants. I hate the fake one with the cave that's in there. Duck Weed is another option but the frog can't sit on that. She can hide in it but not sit on it and she likes that she can do both with the hyacinth. So yeah it kind of stucks. Well I did find out that there's a lily pad called Nymphaea helvola. It's a small water lily with a yellow flower. Here is a picture of one. The only thing is that it will need substrate or a pot. I'd rather not use substrate since I empty the tank out completely once a week or so and like to keep it glass bottomed. But this can supposedly take low light and stays small. Would work in a tank like mine and even my small pond outside. Someone on Dave's Garden has some supposedly so I asked if they want to trade or I'll even buy it from them.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Chi Chewsilvolf on May 27th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
I hope the man comes back. I hate unreliable people.
Argh we've had annoying mailmen too, like the ones who bend DO NOT BEND packages. I was told by a guy who worked at the Post Office that they usually ignore Do Not Bend and Fragile warnings.

I remember when we used to get bare root orchids. It was fun to plant them. Your new plants look great! I love the red one.

Duck weed breeds like anything and is hard to get rid of once you had it. We had it once. It was ok to begin with but it filled the ponds in the end. But I think it may be better for you.
Des: Pond Goldfishthagirion on May 27th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
YEah I hope so too. Ususally these people that come up to me first are extroverts and you know how unreliable extroverts are.
YEah because all of them say Fragile and Do Not Bend on them. When I'm asked for those options I always say fragile even if it's not because I still want them to be careful with my package. Like your Peeps aren't fragile but I had them list it that way anyway.

Yeah, it's easier as it's less weight than a pot with dirt in it to ship. Also I can make my own soil that way and don't have to worry about the soil being contaminated as I don't know what's in it. Yeah that red one is so cool. I'll post detailed pics next time. That's kind of a far shot.

I've heard that. But they told me hyacinths breed like crazy and I don't need a lot of them. Last year all my hyacinths died and none ever multiplied. This year I finally got flowers but they haven't doubled or anything like people make them out. But since duck week is tiny I'm sure it can. I won't put it in the pond but only in my tank since I change the water if it gets to be too much I can just dump all the water in the sun.
sike_saner on May 27th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Oh wow, the red nepenthes is incredibly pretty. Love that color.
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on May 27th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah, right now it's my best looking plant. I'm very happy with it.
kabuldurkabuldur on May 27th, 2011 10:31 am (UTC)
That's a very pretty Nepenthes. My favourite colour, too. The mailman sucks. Serve him right to have to come back.

That must have been an odd sensation to have that older man knock on your door and inquire about pigeons. I wouldn't hold my breath in him coming back. At least it was a pleasant encounter, I hope.

I like the look of that yellow-flowered lily. Maybe you could put a lily in a decorative substrate pot so it doesn't look so bad. I had another idea, too. You could rotate your hyacinths, maybe, or rotate the floating plants out in your pond. I loved the duck weed I had. It never got out of control because the gold fish ate it. It would be good of your little froggie could have a natural plant, and you'd be happier of you didn't have to have a fake plant, too.
Desthagirion on May 27th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
I'm very impressed with it. Yeah, I'm so sick of him.

Yeah, I was expecting a package and not him. Yeah, it was a pleasant converstion but we'll see if he calls back.

I do have a tiny pot from an old water plant from when I first got into fish. I could use that or buy more at the pet store. I've got three gold fish that could definitely eat it if I put it in my small pond. Yeah, I'd rather have real plants in there. I'm still looking into what I can do. Rotating would probably be the best thing. My outside ones are very healthy.
actipton80actipton80 on May 27th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad we don't have annoying mailmen. We must have a different one now because the mail comes late afternoon now, and it used to come earlier.

I really like the red nepenthes. It looks even more cartoony than the green ones do.

Desthagirion on May 27th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, be glad. I like mail around noon time, though now ours is iffy and can be anytime from 11 to 1:30. I don't like that.

Thanks. Hehe, I never thought they looked cartoon but I guess they do.
rhodielady_47 on May 28th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
I think the solid red pitcher plant is really beautiful. Goodness knows how many pictures of pitcher plants I've seen down through the years but never one that looked like that.
I wonder how old these plants have to be before they bloom and make seeds?
Desthagirion on May 28th, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
There are about 90 different species of Nepenthes and several variations among most of them. Albomarginata and ampullaria have several color forms for example. These are pretty.
I don't know. I'm still new to this and that's one thing I haven't quite figured out yet.
rhodielady_47 on May 28th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
I just hope it isn't the sort of plant that flowers once and then dies.
Desthagirion on May 28th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
No, I know they flower more than once. They're hard enough without them having to do that. :P Bad enough there are male and female plants and they grow slow.
rhodielady_47 on May 28th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
It's the sort of ecosystem that they evolved in. Since it's a difficult one for plants to get accustomed to, it only makes sense that it would also make for plants that are difficult to raise away from that ecosystem.
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on May 28th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
I read a statement somewhere that's annoyingly true and over simplified. "All plants are easy to raise given the right conditions." Uh, yeah hehe. It's recreating those conditions that makes it hard. We can't all have Mt. Kinabalu in our living rooms.
rhodielady_47 on May 28th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
You are exactly right. I think your pitcher plants are worth it though.