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  1. EEE 2017

    So who was there and how was it?
  2. How did everyone start??

    Thats very good advice
  3. How did everyone start??

    I started with other plants than CP; chinese roses and orchids. Usually I leave my chinese roses outside, but one time it rained a lot and I took them inside. The result: Lots and lots of annoying fungus gnats. So I started to look for a solution and found Drosera capensis. Once I got those, I got fascinated and got VFTs to get rid of bigger flies as well. The next year I got sarracenia's. I started to read everything I could on CPs to take good care of them and learn what else is out there. When I found Nepenthes, I was in love. These are my favourite cps. I started with the easier plants, and then over the years got more difficult ones. But I also don't have much space, so now I am trying to stick to what I have and not expand. But every year I buy 1 or 2 more plants just because I can't help it... I made a wishlist for myself, so I keep having something to look forward to and i don't buy too many new plants. I dont need every type of each species, I just stick to my favourites. It is addicting, isn't it?
  4. I have bought this same gardman sphagnum moss and tried it out. After about half a year i had 3 tiny sphagnum heads growing. So it is possible! The problem is that other mosses started to grow on the sphagnum as well and those quickly took over. As of now, a year after the experiment I have no live sphagnum moss left from this bag. I just used what was left as a potting mix.
  5. busco pinguicolas

    hi welcome!
  6. Hi

    welcome sal!
  7. I so want one of these N. Bicelcarata

    These nepenthes do grow very slow. By the time you have one of these pitchers, you are a few years ahead, and they are not that easy to grow imo.
  8. I wonder if you really need to. They dont need a whole lot of food. I feed my plants the occasional fly that I find in my house. The VFTs that i keep outside catch their own bugs (usually at night). They dont need that much food to live, so I wouldn't bother feeding them extra.
  9. Hey everyone! Newbie to the forum

    Welcome! That looks pretty good! Which carnivorous plants do you have?
  10. New members of the family

    Are they from the little shop of horrors?
  11. Hi from Leicestershire!

    Yes. A dry sarracenia is a dead sarracenia. I would be more concerned with them not getting enough water than with them getting too much. In nature they grow in swamp areas, so they are in water most of the time. Same goes for VFTs and some types of drosera. Some plants do need more drainage such as Nepenthes and certain types of drosera. You can find a lot of information on google the name to learn about the specific needs for each plant. Or try youtube, there is a lot of helpful information out there for each plant. I leave my sarracenia's outside, and i check them regularly. Whenever they dont have water in the dish, i add rainwater.
  12. Hi from Leicestershire!

    I think it is better to grow sarracenia outdoors. I have them stand in water at all times, they never dry out with me. So if you really cant drill holes, i dont think that is a problem. Weighing the pot becomes a matter of experience. If you just watered it, its heavy. If they dry out, they become lighter. So when you just watered it, lift it up and see how heavy it feels. You can use that as a reference in the future. They can also take a light frost, so I wouldn't worry too much about leaving them outside. We have strong winds here as well. I took a big stone pot (more like a stone box) and put my plants in there when the wind blows a lot, so they aren't knocked over. Or place them close to the house, so they are somewhat protected. Other than that, I have a shed with a light roof, that could function a little bit like a greenhouse. If your shed is closed and dark, I wouldn't grow them in there because they dont get enough light, but if they get light through a window or a light roof, that might be a good alternative as well.
  13. Hardiness of Dionaea

    oh super interesting! Id love to have a CP filled garden! I think it will be easier for plants who aren't in pots.
  14. a Drosera grow list from all over the world

    oh i love spreadsheets! The links starts in english but switches to portugese? Is that the translation of the same text? Another question: i have drosera capensis alba, should i tick d. capensis? I see other drosera have subspecies listed?
  15. Hi from Brazil

    Welcome !