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  1. My Sphagnum

    Hi Koen C., Oh yes, the moss needs "pruning" at least once a year outdoors in the bog garden. I either just push it down, or remove some and push down and spread out the remaining. This habit is definitely my favourite, all nice and spongy!
  2. My Sphagnum

    Lovely Sphagnum! https://goo.gl/photos/Yy3pKNNdzekx7TJaA Originating in the New Forest, England, about 25 years ago. This is the edge of the bog garden I built about 30 years ago. Any offers on the species? palustre?
  3. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    Hi Tropicbreeze, Thanks! There are actually at least 3 Watfords, 2 in England, one in the USA! I think the biggest issue with Adiantums is humidity. Do you have humidity issues in Noonamah??
  4. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    Hi Carambola, Thanks! I have a doormat outside my door which says "Welcome to the Jungle" (~8 Welwitschia - a seed of extremes. I found if the seed was viable it would germinate at room temperature within a week. But a large proportion germinated and almost immediately rotted, and another large proportion did not germinate at all. I reckon I lost 80% of the seeds. I now have 8 plants. Briefly, I used a completely mineral mix, including pumice and home made gypsum (i.e. set and crushed plaster) I grow them in full blinding sun, and never ever let them dry out. If you let them dry out they die. They are apparently able to take temps close to freezing, and the upper limit is pretty high. They are so weird. I can put up more details and photos, but I guess I should start a new thread for it......
  5. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    Hi manders, I live in a recently converted studio flat, second floor, facing south west. As you might imagine, it gets very hot here. On a normal sunny summer's day, it easily gets to 30°C or more! I've got Welwitschia, Ariocarpus, Geohintonia, Astrophytum, Tillandsia, Orchids, Ravanela,, as well as Dionaea, Nepenthes, Platycerium, and Adiantum, and others. One of my favourite features is a 7 foot Dicksonia antarctica, yes, growing inside my flat! I got it this spring, and so far it's doing amazingly well. The temperature extremes in my flat are approx 20°C and 33°C (winter min, summer max). The general humidity is usually around 60-70%. I have methods to keep up the humidity in the winter. In the summer humidity has been naturally on the high side. I'll post more info about it anon. I use cool white high power LED lighting to balance up the light in the flat, and it seems to work just fine. I started using these lights more than a year ago. I grow a lovely small-leaved Adiantum from the bottom to the top of the tree fern, and the A. peruvianum and a couple of others dotted around. I'll post some more up-to-date and detailed photos, but here's a start - https://goo.gl/photos/bUca1w7H9PtcAg2S9 And their rate of growth seems fine to me... nicely moderate. Update on the blemished leaves - according to procedure I ripped them into small pieces and let them soak in water for 24 hours, then examined them for nematodes (x20 eyepiece). Not a single sign of them. And I had a really good slow patient look. Karsty (~8
  6. Adiantum peruvianum problems

    Hi manders, Thanks for that. Is there any chance you could post some links to those groups? I only found one, and it was mainly just (very good) pics of fungi and lichen.
  7. Nepenthes alata 'Rubrum' ???

    It seems that the RHS do not acknowledge the name Ventrata. They don't list it, but they do list alata x ventricosa. The name Ventrata has no presence on their entire website.
  8. Hi Folks, I've got a problem with a fern, and I'm amazed that there is not a busy bustling online forum for fern lovers. There is only the forum for the British Pteridological Society, and it is very quiet. What is going on??? Are any of you here enthusiastic about ferns, even just one type? My favourites are Platycerium and many Adiantums, and there are others I am intrigued by. Anyway, I'm posting this here on the off chance that anyone might have experience of this - here are the photos - https://goo.gl/photos/4sWdhNFxN199Pdtq6 It seems they can get a nematode called Aphelenchoides, but so far I haven't been able to confirm that this is the problem in this case. Karsty.
  9. Nepenthes alata 'Rubrum' ???

    Hi Folks, Anyone ever bought anything from Perfect Plants? They have sales on eBay also under a different name. They are listing a suspicious looking Nepenthes alata 'Rubrum'. I cannot find this anywhere else on the internet. To my uneducated eye it looks like x ventrata. http://perfectplants.co.uk/nepenthes-alata-rubrum-carnivorous-plant-pitcher-plant-fly-catcher-21460.html Can any of you experts offer facts or opinions about this? Thank you (~8 Karsty.
  10. No need to filter it. Exactly as DGT says, only if full of debris. Or if you want to put it in a sprayer. In that case just about anything fine will do. I use some thin cotton sheet.
  11. Hey, there's really no great mystery to growing sphagnum. It just needs reasonable to full light, and to be standing in rainwater. I would NEVER fertiliser it. Temperature is not important, it just grows faster and dries out quicker if it is warmer. IF YOU WANT great fresh Sphagnum, buy it from urprettysmart from ebay.co.uk . It is all live and I have had 2 or 3 species in the mix. Karsty. Sent from my PLK-L01 using Tapatalk
  12. New Distiller Equipment

    I bought a distiller just like that years ago, and it is only good for small quantities of water, otherwise definitely go for the RO unit. I think the distiller took 7 hours to do 4 litres. My RO unit does 5 litres in about half an hour. Sent from my PLK-L01 using Tapatalk
  13. Just had a really good idea to feed my seeds sundews!!!

    No, the fruit flies will breed in the rotten fruit!
  14. Just had a really good idea to feed my seeds sundews!!!

    Yes, I'm completely serious.
  15. Just had a really good idea to feed my seeds sundews!!!

    The best thing to attract fruit flies is rotten fruit, also ales are quite good, or sometimes wine. If you leave some rotten fruit near them, they will actually breed in it!