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  1. Do you cut your Darlingtonia down

    Don't cut mine down aka the sarracenia and I'm not sure it wil do much good as they don't grow from the same type of rhiazome. I just clean up dead pitchers occasionally throughout the year. The pitcher mass gives the rather fragile ground shoots some protection.
  2. Sand, UK

    Hi, just been through this thread and taken a look at some of the comments and the photos. Interesting! Now I've a bit of time I'll see if I can get some more definitive thoughts on what's been observed. Sand would have to be 100% silica sand to be 'perfect' nothing you buy on the street is. If you saw the price of pure silica sand you'd wince. However, the impurities don't have to be lime to react with acid and could be a range of other carbonates, silicates, etc. The lime (calcium salts) may well be within specification and acceptable. I've used the RHS 'lime free' sand for years (note they do one lime free and one that isn't marked as lime free). Used other sands at times too but with all seen variability which probably shouldn't be a surprise. If any didn't look right or plants looked 'unhappy' used the sand elsewhere. As this seems to come up every few years lets try to put to bed. If anyone has a specification for lime free sand could they post? Likewise for any standard testing? I'll sample the bag I have this weekend and see what I can do with it next week. Watch this space!
  3. Cultivars of Dionéia

    Hi Frederick, never doubted your naming - think this is a great post. My comment is purely about the 'market' for all these variations. Cheers
  4. Cultivars of Dionéia

    Great set of photos Have to say there's quite a few where I am struggling to see why they're 'named'? I can see this rapidly becoming a minefield of 'falsely' identified plants. PS The seed sown looks nice!
  5. My Nepenthes are dying...

    ID says East Anglia so hopefully not outside ;-p Are they showing any new leaf growth?
  6. What to do with drying out and moldy plants

    Cut back the dead pitchers as far as you can and then put these outside! Too warm & wet with too little light at this time of year ;-p
  7. Drosophyllum progress

    I'm left my seedlings outside so far (or a recommendation) - one died but rest still looking good. Anyone with advice on how to get through the winter? Have grown a number of times from seed but never managed to keep more than a year or two!
  8. What have you got in the g/h? I have a single layer of big bubble insulation and a 30W tube heater and that keeps the frost out in all but the worst weather but still lets plenty of light in. Most CPs survive no problem.
  9. 2017 Largest Dionaea Trap Competition

    Some cracking traps! Well done to the winners! Looks like its 'can anyone get to 50 mm in 2018'?
  10. Link please!! Would be very interested to get some more info please! I've not been unhappy with my current one as its well built and has lasted, so good value if a bit initial outlay. I think a problem I'll have may be that the preservatives used now are far less effective than those used a few decades ago. I had most of the fences built with agri standard treated timber over 20 years ago when we moved in here and a few post are only just rotting (easy fix with concrete spur). The main boards are still completely sound an have never been re-treated. Bit thinner as the wasps slowly chew them away but that's it. My fencer reckons modern posts would not last 10 years, possibly not even 5!!!
  11. Up to you really depending on how 'nice' you want your plants to look? If its outside then the rotting pitcher probably will not cause any harm. If you cut it off then you'll loose all the flies inside to that point that are feeding your plants (but they're probably well fed by now anyway). I tend to remove once they get in the way of new pitchers coming up. In the greenhouse I'm a bit more careful as mould can spread easier so inside it'd probably have to be cut off.
  12. They're just full of food! Cut one off my outside plants yesterday and it was solid with flies almost 3/4 of the way up - didn't know there were so many flies around! New pitchers coming up now after all the rain. I wouldn't rush to split - I quite like to see big plants in big pots....
  13. I prefer wooden too. Just use a staple gun to fix up the bubble film each year and find a simple 30W tube heater enough to keep the frost out in all but the worst weather (have a 3kW fan heater IF needed too). Had my Alton now for 25 years and its not perfect anymore but only just starting to rot (just used some wood filler the last weekend to fill a hole in the top at one end). Don't think the increased frame size cuts much light out. Biggest issue is the increased cost of a wooden one - the replacement cost is a bit steep now!
  14. Hi, I'd agree with all comments so far! * The base - make it better than you think is needed. It may be there a long time. I didn't and layed what I thought was sufficient good (25 years ago) with paving slabs on top. Even so there has been some shift. * Go BIG!! I got a 13 by 8 and it's been too small for years. * Plan the power fully at build as it's much easier. I did do this and have never regretted - armoured cable, lights and multiple sockets. * I'd now lay a water pipe whilst you're digging for the cable unless all your growing is CPs. I ran auto watering more recently - it saves so much time watering once balanced and timed right. *Auto vents are a must unless you're around a lot. As much ventilation as you can make as well. Sometimes you can never have enough and often short on cheaper greenhouses. *Rainwater - you never have enough. I have 600 l storage in total and still ran dry earlier this year. Most of the time that's just about OK but it only takes a tap failure or a need to do a deep clean to compromise your reserves. *Think about shading in summer and insulation in winter - what you need depends on location, position and what you grow. It can get very hot in there in summer and small greenhouses can be worst. With all this - buy what you can afford and just ENJOY it!!
  15. Drosophyllum dying

    Not looking good but at least it looks like a couple of new leaves coming up! I've grown these countless times but always 'lost' them after a year or two. Trying again and tried growing outside as advised by the person who sent me the seeds. So far so good as I've a big pot with now about 10 plants growing. Rarely watered as the rain has been more than enough and they get sun for about 80% of the day. Yours look dry - where do you grow them? Have you had the recent high temperatures? Might be worth considering bigger pots too as I thought I've read they have long roots that go down a long way.