Yunzi

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    Scuba, Whisky (no 'e'), growing things.

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  1. Hydroponics shops

    What did you buy? I want some net pots for orchids and some perlite, but I cant bring myself to go in for much the same reason :-)
  2. I want to prefix this with the fact I'm very very very far from an expert, but I've used those LEDS (the 6500k white and the purple grow ones) from that seller and roughly worked it out to 1-2 LEDS per plant when I was growing Drosera but my lights and space were much smaller. I now use 2x39W sunblaster tubes and my highlands showed some 'red' on older leaves, but still seem happy enough in my L111cm x W58cm x H39cm space. Assuming those 2 things - I'd guess 100W of LEDs would be high but acceptable. If you build it - I'd love to see pictures.
  3. DNS problems with CPUK

    Whereas - http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/www.cpukforum.com Shows it as up. I opened the original post under this name 'DNS problems with CPUK' which hurriedly got locked by admin....hmmm. Seems pretty obviously a DNS issue which is why some sites/people see it as down. If you add the ip address above (198.55.96.143) to your hosts file you can work around the DNS problems. From a very quick look on some online tools, it seems the only issue is a missing SOA record which *might* be the reason some DNS servers including Googles are not listing the domain. Or it may have been dropped for some other reason.
  4. DNS problems with CPUK

    Not sure if this is in the admins power to solve - but I can no longer load CPUK on my home connection. Doing a bit more digging it appears as if the google DNS servers I use (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) don't return a valid A record. I've tried flushing the entry in googles DNS cache using their online tool, but it still gives a blank return. Other DNS servers give the correct A record response. I wonder if recent issues with malware have caused them to remove the record. It may be something the CPUK ISP should investigate.
  5. CPS email newsletter released

    Anyone above ever get an email? Nothing here. This I suspect will be the last year I join.
  6. CPS email newsletter released

    Nothing here either. My membership ran out at the end of May and although I renewed before then, I wonder if no one ticked the 'still active' box next to my email address although I did get a membership card.
  7. Drosera Dichrosepala

  8. Pings waking up?

    My Mexican pings have largely been 100% dry since they started to move to the winter buds (couple species that didnt I gave a little water to). They're on a sunny windowsill and kept in covered trays so hitting about 27deg C with the sunny weather. A couple look to be coming into the summer leaves so is it safe to now give all water (a little from the tray) or just those waking up? Also I might uncover them (how they were last year) as I think the hot sun and warm room is not helping a couple of Ehlersiaes I've got which are now looking a little pale :-(
  9. P. ehlersiae 'Victoria'

    P. ehlersiae 'Victoria' Flower and winter rosette.
  10. Hi everyone!

    Welcome Ben. Certainly a number of Mexican Ping fans here - myself included. Just need the weather to warm up and things to come out of hibernation!
  11. Allow me to plagiarise the AIPC magazine special on Mexican Pings (Special issue 3) which I find is an excellent resource to looking something up. I've added some more reader friendly descriptions in brackets. PINGUICULA ESSERIANA Description: The summer rosette is up to 5 cm broad and is composed of semi-succulent, obovate(egg shaped)-spathulate(shaped like a small spatula) leaves, densely overlapping and light green to reddish in colour. The leaf margin, involute(leaf margin rolled inwards) at the apex, is peculiar in that it is also much paler than the upper surface of the leaf. The winter rosette is pulvinate. The flower is quite large, usually about 2 cm wide with cuneiform(wedge shaped) lobes coloured from pale pink to lilac. It is paler at the throat and shows a pubescent, yellowish spot on the lower median lobe. Flowering occurs in the period of vegetative resumption. PINGUICULA JAUMAVENSIS Description: The compact summer rosette, composed of overlapping semi-succulent leaves, can reach 5 cm in diameter and is very similar to those of P. esseriana and P. ehlersiae, as is the winter rosette. The corolla is lilac in colour with cuneate-obovate shaped lobes that are 0.8 to 1.2 cm long, with a yellow to brown spot on the median lower lobe. The throat is paler with a faint veining and pubescent. Flowering occurs at the end of winter dormancy. It seems the difference really is very small. I know of my plants in the current winter rosette there is no discernible difference between Jaumavensis, Esseriana and Ehlersiae.
  12. Whilst looking up something else in wikipedia I came across the following quote: "Charles Darwin – erroneously believing Saxifraga to be allied to the sundew family (Droseraceae) – suspected the sticky-leaved Round-leaved saxifrage (S. rotundifolia), Rue-leaved saxifrage (S. tridactylites) and Pyrenean saxifrage (S. umbrosa) to be protocarnivorous plants, and conducted some experiments whose results supported his observations,[19] but the matter has apparently not been studied since his time.[citation needed]" Does anyone know any more about plants of this genus being protocarnivorous or know if any further work has been done in studying this? Or indeed, has it all been totally debunked?
  13. winter pings

  14. Nope - cant see the photos and I'm using firefox on Linux (not that I believe OS or browser is the issue). David - pretty much any image manipulation software should be able to resize an image - GIMP (gimp.org) is free but there are many others available. Does anyone on the CPS side know if/when the ICPS is releasing the videos of the lectures? Its frustrating to be both a CPS and ICPS member and not be able to view things like this. Its 2016 - it really shouldn't be a major technical challenge to upload them somewhere. Issues like this lose rather than encourage membership.