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  1. Can anyone ID this hitch-hiker?

    Thanks for the replies. The binata is staying outside because I don't have room for it indoors. I have other plants (some carnivorous, most not) that need to be kept indoors so have to prioritise. Basically, if it can stay outside, it's staying there...
  2. Hi, few months ago I got some plants from another forum member. The plants were bare rooted but there was a bit of moss attached to some of them. I've noticed that there is something else growing. If you look at the moss in my Drosera binata pot, you'll see several small leaves. I'm guessing it's Utricularia of sorts but that's the best I can do. I did get Utricularia livida at the same time but that one's in the house on a windowsill well away from my outdoor CPs... Can anyone ID the plant? How hardy is it? I'm planning on leaving the pot outside over winter. Thank you!
  3. Hi everyone! With winter fast approaching, I was thinking about the best way to protect my outdoor CPs from the worst of the weather. I have an unused single pane of glass . It was originally part of the window in the shed but the frame was damaged and later replaced and this piece of glass got left behind with no purpose (it's just a normal glass, approx. 5 mm thick, I'm guessing it's not hardened or anything as the other pane broke into several large jagged pieces). Could that be used to make a improvised cold frame? I have a large plastic box (the kind local council gives people to put their recyclables into for collection). It's cracked but still in strong. The glass pane would fit inside the box. I was thinking putting compost at the bottom (partly for insulation, party for extra weight so the box doesn't blow away in strong wind), then placing my CPs in their pots in the water tray on top of the compost. A few bricks along the front on the inside of the box to sit the glass on, the back end of the glass leaning against the wall behind the box (I'll probably have to tie it down with a string or something so it doesn't move when it's windy). There will be gaps on both sided of the glass for air circulation. I just want to protect the plants from the worst of the winter rain/wind/snow. There are 7 pots (1x darlingtonia, 1x sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea, 3x VFTs, 2x drosera binata) and none of the plants are taller than 20 cm. Will this do? Thanks!
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  5. Which peat brand for bog garden.

    I use Evergreen Irish moss peat for most of my plants (the rest are in a peat-free mix) and the're all growing fine.
  6. Hi, I was wondering if this is normal. My VFT 'Red Dragon' produced a flower stalk in April (I cut it off) and today I noticed it produced another one. Is this a common thing or has it gone mad? It's outside and lots of the leaves are starting to die off, just like you 'd expect before winter. Anybody else got VFTs going into flower at this time of the year?
  7. Hi, sorry if this is a bit of a silly question. Winter is coming and it's time to start planning for the cold months ahead... About 2 months ago I got my first Cephalotus (and so far I haven't manage to kill it). What's the best way to over-winter it? I like in South Yorkshire so the winters are fairly mild but wet (with the occasional frost and sometimes snow). How much cold can it take? I know some people leave them outside all year (I'm guessing that's ok if you live in the south of England) but what about growers further north? Will it survive outside (I don't have a greenhouse) or should I bring it in for the winter? The plant in question is still quite small, I got it as a bare rooted division and it's still adjusting to it's new home... Thanks for all replies!
  8. Hello, I was wondering, what's everyone's first ever CP? And which one is your favourite now? My first CPs were Drosera capensis and a typical VFT (I got them at the same time). Both of them met an untimely death at the hands of my mum while I was away and she was left in charge of their care in my absence... My favourite is Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea. I know it's not the prettiest plant but I find the waxy pitchers fascinating and the colour is just stunning...
  9. Going into dormancy already

    Most of my plants are still growing. All VFTs, Drosera capensis and binatas are producing new leaves. Sarracenia purpurea ssp purpurea has got a few last year's pitchers starting to turn brown but new pitchers are still forming. The only plant that slowed down is my Darlingtonia but that could just be the result of it producing stolons instead of pitchers (I noticed one in late spring and now it produced another one), couple of the older pitchers are also starting to die off. We did have quite a warm summer here (until a few days ago) so I'm not expecting the plants to go dormant for another month at least, maybe longer. This year is not as warm as last, but even now the night temperatures are still in double digits...
  10. River water with Sarras.?

    When I was at risk of running out of rainwater earlier this year I got two 2.5 l bottles of de-ionised water from Tesco for £1.15 each (it's in the car care isle). I didn't need it in the end so just have it in the shed as a back-up. You should be able to get de-ionised water in most supermarkets/petrol stations (it's the stuff you use to top up car batteries and also in steam irons).
  11. Flys

    There are not too many flies (and wasps for that matter) here either. My Sarracenia purpurea hasn't caught anything this year yet, but one of my VFTs is having a feast - 5 out of 6 traps are full. Judging by the shape/size of the insect inside I'm guessing they're all hover flies (I keep seeing loads of them around my plants). None of the other CPs are mature enough to catch anything bigger than a fruit fly.
  12. My carnivorous plants

    Same plants, 4 weeks later... All growing nicely, even 'Red Dragon' is putting on some leaf growth now (might be 'cause I cut off the flower stalk it produced earlier)...
  13. Data of peat vs peat-free propagation/cultivation

    You can import pure (unused) peat from another EU country without any problems (what happens after Brexit is anyone's guess but for now, nothing changes). The only issue could be delivery cost. It might be cheaper to visit your local garden centre or shop on ebay, amazon etc. I bough some from ebay earlier this year without problems.
  14. Water TDS readings

    Maybe but I'd use rainwater whenever possible. It's the most natural water you can get and in the wild, CPs do just fine...No need to mollycoddle the plants, I haven't heard of anyone loosing a plant due to rainwater use. Plus, rainwater is free... Why spend money on RO/deionised water when you don't have too? If you have a small collection and a water butt, it should be enough. If you have lots of plants you might consider other options (or at least have a back up plan in case your rain water butt runs dry).
  15. My carnivorous plants

    Hi everybody and thanks for your replies :) Well, to be honest, I'm already addicted to growing plants in general. My patio is filled with planters (4 years ago I had 3, now I'm up to 18), my windowsills are occupied by several houseplants and did I mentions the 8 ft tall palm tree in my living room? Unfortunately for me (and luckily for my other half) I don't have a greenhouse so my growing space and plant options are limited to plants that can either survive outside all year round or be happy as houseplants. My CP collection will not be getting that much bigger now, might get a Nepenthes or two, Drosera and maybe another Sarracenia but I really doubt I'll have more than 10 CPs in total.