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    Sci-Fi, reading, gardening, classic rock music. Growing various unusual plants like cacti, succulent plants, caudiciforms, aroids and of course CP's

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  1. Hi Zlotka, my P. grandiflora are dormant during the summer and I just leave the pots in the greenhouse where temps easily each 30+C. They're all busy flowering (also in the greenhouse) right now so don't seem to have come to any harm. I read somewhere that they should be kept cooler but I don't have anywhere outside where I could shelter them from rain. I don't have any experience of the other species you mentioned unfortunately.
  2. cracking idea that mate, thanks for sharing.
  3. Couple of nice plants there, no need to apologise
  4. True Dan the Tesco stuff is fine grained (good for cuttings/leaf pullings etc though) and in my experience to be used in moderation especially where cacti and succulents are concerned but you can also get a larger grained cat litter which, if memory serves me right, is Sanikat Pink Non-Clumping. I got a 30L bag for about £12 from a pet shop in Sheffield recently. I found that the larger grains open the compost up much better than the Tesco version when used for mature plants rather than cuttings.
  5. Great plants, I've never seen these before, thanks for sharing.
  6. Beautiful flower, thanks for sharing.
  7. that's terrible. I hope you can still get some to germinate
  8. Great plants and photos Yasin, thanks for sharing
  9. yes in a greenhouse, your theory could be right, air circulation is a problem I've struggled with for some time particularly for my cactus and succulent collection.
  10. Although we're already seeing slugs in the garden here that doesn't look like typical slug damage to me and I'd go along with partisangardener's mouse suggestion.
  11. These days I rely on nature and let my plants do there own thing, it helps that my plants are in greenhouses and not indoors like yours are of course. I do add orchid fertilizer to my Ping's water occasionally and this seems to have given them a boost over non-fertilised plants. I occasionally drop the odd ant into my Cephs but I can't say that it makes them grow any better. In the past I bought crickets from reptile suppliers for a couple of Neps I had at the time, it wasn't very successful but my wife's chickens loved them. I've tried fish flakes on Drosera but always found it went mouldy, and bloodworm didn't help my plants but I probably didn't stick with them for long enough to give a very scientific opinion. A couple of things I found best avoided was caterpillars and spiders in VFTs as it invariably rotted the traps.
  12. Thanks for the heads-up Sheila.
  13. Hi Richard, A couple which always flower for me this time of year are P gracilis and P rotundiflora. My minimum temp is slightly higher than yours but these plants should be OK for you I reckon.
  14. Lovely plants Yasin, thanks for sharing
  15. It's more of a squirter than a spray, like those hand cream dispensers. I measure 2.5ml and put in 500ml of water in a standard garden/household spray bottle. I started off at 5ml/500ml and then dropped it to 2.5ml which works fine, I haven't tried diluting it any further than that yet. At this dilution ratio it doesn't clog up the spray at all, even in winter temperatures. I give the spray bottle a quick shake before spraying but, being a shampoo it doesn't really separate anyway so, this doesn't serve much purpose other than getting me pysched up for another man v's mealy bug battle As I'm mainly targetting mealy bugs I spray enough fine mist to make them turn a pink colour. For red spider mite I found they need more of a drench as they move fast and I want to be certain they don't escape. Haven't tried aphids yet but their day is coming.