Saturday, 20 April 2013

Live food

So as you may have noticed from my recent youtube video updates, I've been feeding my plants some locusts and mealworms. Two reasons for this, 1. more videos :) and 2. Because, and especially with the mealworms, I want to see if this additional feeding makes some of the traps larger than normal.

Also going to be ordering some more plants soon. Yes, more plants, cause 500 just aint enough when there's room for more ;)

I am also trying to get a few good sundew timelapses because I love how their tentacles wrap around their prey. Trouble is, as great as my recorder (Kodak Playsport Zx5) is, and it really is good when it comes to macro's, it can be hard to see just how in focus certain things are on the LCD preview screen. This has sometimes resulted in 15 minute recordings of the sundews doing their thing, only for me to check the replay and see that the part that looked in focus on the LCD screen wasn't actually in focus.

Meanwhile, here is a nice HDR photo of my greenhouse:

Sunday, 14 April 2013

2 Greenhouses are better than 1

My second greenhouse is now up! This is great news because not only does that give me more room, but also allows more of my plants to get better exposure to the sunlight (as opposed to being in the 2nd or 3rd tier of the shelving units and spending much of the day in shade).

The greenhouse on the left contains all my venus flytraps and sundews. The one on the right contains my venus flytrap seeds and nearly all of my Sarracenia's/pitcher plants. I am considering using the 4 tier mini greenhouse (the green thing) as a home for any Nepenthes/tropical pitcher plants I decide to buy. Carnivorous Corner expands :)

Monday, 1 April 2013

Slightly viral?

So another of my youtube videos has had a large amount of popularity.

In December of last year, I decided to record a short video of me putting my finger inside the trap of a B52 venus flytrap. A B52 is one of the largest types of traps. Ideally, no one should put their fingers in the traps of these plants because it doesn't do the plant any good. People do this because they wonder what effect it will have on their finger.

Anyway, I made this video to prove the point that even with one of the largest types of VFT traps in the world, nothing will happen cause its just two leaves closing together.

For over 3 months, it got hardly any views. Probably no more than 100. Yet somehow, in the last 7 days, its had 18,000.

My youtube channel grows. My lifetime views grow. My subscribers grow. I continue to make my youtube channel become the epicentre for carnivorous plant related videos on the net :)