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  1. Plenty of Pinguicula lusitanica's around me in West Cork if you are ever down that way.
  2. Hi Craig, I live in deepest West Cork, and have had Dionaea, Saracenia purpurea, Darlingtonia californica, Drosera capensis, Drosera binata, and all the native carnivores all growing outside for many years. Welcome to the forum.
  3. Sometimes they dye it green to make it look like that.
  4. My first attempt at vft sowing.

    I use an old kitchen sieve to sieve the peat for the surface of my seed trays, then I firm it down with a flat block of wood to get a nice flat even surface to sow the seeds on. If I could get that with Sphagnum I'd use it every time, as Sphagnum is a natural anti-fungal. They apparently used to use it to pack wounds to stop infection.
  5. My first attempt at vft sowing.

    Steve, my seeds are not sown in cells, I transplant them into celled trays after their second winter. My first few attempts to grow VFT's from seeds got eaten by mould. The spores are in the air and rain down onto exposed surfaces, that's why if you've ever seen someone doing tissue culture they do it under a hood. I've never microwaved the peat or use fungicides. I've found if I cover the trays from above but leave gaps for ventilation around the edges I never get mould on them.
  6. My first attempt at vft sowing.

    This is my seed setup: Recently sown seeds in the seed tray: Last years seedlings 2 and 3 year old seedlings:
  7. My first attempt at vft sowing.

    I keep them covered from above but with gaps around the edges, that allows some ventilation, keeps the humidity high and stops the mould spores raining down on to the peat. Blocky, how do you stop them falling down through the sphagnum?
  8. Hardiness of Dionaea

    Karsty, yes we had 2 very cold winters not long after they were planted out, so it could well have slowed down their acclimatisation.
  9. Hardiness of Dionaea

    I have a 16 acre farm on boggy land, and have some typical VFT's that have been growing outside for over 10 years. The first few years they really struggled but gradually they adapted to the new conditions, after about the 5th year they did as good if not better than the ones in my greenhouse. They now flower and set seed every year without any help from me, I just go by and say hi once or twice a year.
  10. Heating anything with electric takes a lot of power. I live off grid using a 500W micro hydro-electric generator and 300 Watts of solar panels. A lot depends on how much power you are generating. If you have a good windmill it wont be a problem on a windy day but on a still dark day in the winter... I've used those heat mats for seedlings and they're generally 50W at 12v (they have a 240v to 12v transformer block plug usually which you could just bypass). 50W for 24 hours is 1.2KW/hrs Every off grid system has a 'dump load', it's a resistive load of some kind, usually a water heating element or air resistive load (looks like an old electric fire element) that is used to dump the power when the battery is fully charged. Maybe you could find a way to use a heat mat as your dump load, that way you wont run your batter flat and you wont waste any power when the battery is charged.
  11. My VFT collection pics

    NIce plants Marco! This is what's going on with Hydra:
  12. I'm back

    Welcome back Stephen!
  13. Inside of one of my slimy vft seed?

    The slimy coating makes it look like a Pomegranate or passion fruit seed.
  14. Dionaea summer problems.

    I used to get it happening to the pots at the edges of my trays, so I put some pieces of white plastic over the sides and it stopped happening. I believe it's caused by the black plastic pots making the media heat up, Dionaea seem to like cool roots. It also seems to cause more evaporation from the pots leaving behind any dissolved salts which gradually concentrate in the surface, how often do you replace the peat/perlite? I have to change mine every year because I live next to the Atlantic ocean so even the rain is salty. As Gaz says, I would try more ventilation. Aim to keep the temp under 35*C, and put something white around the edge of the outer pots. Good luck.
  15. Dionaea summer problems.

    Hi Jonathan, What percentage of your VFT's do this? Also have you noticed if it happens more to the ones at the edges of the trays like the plant in your picture above?