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  1. Opinions please!

    I lovingly prune dead material, and pull the pitcher bases off the rhizome when they are both dead and soft. On the one hand I'm aware some of the people who operate strimmers across their collections (literally) are exceptional growers with beautiful plants. On the other hand I can't imagine it does the plant any harm, and most likely is advantageous if only marginally, to maintain photosynthetic parts over winter. While I have a relatively small collection, I'll continue to do the latter, and the OCD in me finds the tidying, and the individual contact with each plant, rather therapeutic
  2. And to be honest, I wouldn't blame them. When the regulations go way beyond what is reasonable and proportionate people lose respect. All I see that is really valuable here is the phytosanitary - no-one should want invasive infections going round the world.
  3. Interesting. Looks like for Phyto, if you were to do it yourself, you need to register as an importer on the PEACH system, then pay about £70 per import. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/importing-plants-fruit-vegetables-or-plant-material-to-the-uk Then you have to get the CITES paperwork as well https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cites-imports-and-exports#application-process which costs another £74 per genus https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/355265/cites-ag-ct-02.pdf Then the exporter has all their own paperwork to do. This blog apparently details everything necessary to get plants out of the USA. It seems insanely complex and expensive. http://www.carnivorousplantconnection.com/how-to-export-commercial-shipments-of-sarracenia/ Seems a miracle anyone goes through this, but clearly some people do.
  4. PICS 2017

    Very impressive - looks like you've got a great breeding programme there. I'd love to know what some of those crosses are
  5. I'm still trying to get an understanding of the regulations that need to be satisfied to allow imports from the USA to happen properly. Phyto, CITES, export permits, etc. I wonder how many imports just pop them in the post and hope - the bureaucracy seems out of proportion to the risks. For now, I've got over 40 crosses from US growers stratifying, including a couple with Blackberry Sundae in them. If I can't get the plants, at least I can try and get the genes
  6. Where did you get them from? I thought they were from the US
  7. New Carnivorous Plant Book

    Looks good. There is also an ebook - presumably cheaper, but not entirely clear how to get it
  8. Green slime in water tray

    I've seen duckweed or Azolla being recommended. Not only does it block the light from the water, but also they grow so fast they extract nutrients from the water as you inevitably harvest them. It should be noted azolla is not native and highly invasive - keep it well away from any ponds or watercourses if you do go that way.
  9. When you have been growing these plants for decades and you are generous and reliable, these kinds of exceptionally rare plants get shared around privately. They just don't often make it to the open market. Wait around and sooner or later everything considered the holy grail of collecting and growing will become generally available at affordable prices.
  10. Where there's muck there's brass?

    In all seriousness he might, just might, be onto something. Who knows if some florist might find them an interesting exotic, if a bit macabre, addition to an arrangement I know at least one grower used leucophylla pitchers in a wedding bouquet, though those were fresh and I'm sure that looked great. However, the actual specimens he's offering look pretty ropey so I'm not sure anyone's actually going to be interested. I'm sure there are ways to dry thin leaves in such a way that they don't crumple and go brown. Also, he would have done better with a pitcher with thicker substance and more impressive size, like flava maxima At the end of the day, perhaps don't knock it until you've tried it. I'm watching with interest....
  11. This is either genius or overwhelming optimism http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dried-Pitcher-Plant-Flowers-x-7-Male-and-Female-Sarracenia-Areolata-/332396920105?hash=item4d64667d29:g:EUwAAOSwCcdZ0Amg If it sells, I'll be digging through the compost heap :)
  12. To be fair the double glazing is pretty thin, by house standards. Not much thicker than twin-wall polycarb. It looks good and I'm sure the insulation is better than polycarb, but I'd see it as a bit of luxury rather than a money saver. We did it with the intention of being able to see into the greenhouse for more of the year without having bubble wrap or polycarb in the way
  13. I gather from the installers mine is far from an isolated incident. You order months in advance, but everything is done very last minute e.g. drawings done a few days in advance, manufacturing the day before, frames stained on installation day and actually onto the lorry wet. As a result, apparently they routinely spend a fair amount of time mopping up various issues. As you say, they may be a small outfit, and the end result is good, but giving themselves some contingency should produce a more reliable delivery, stop wasting their time and the customers, and shouldn't slow them down overall. Feels like they're a bit in denial.
  14. I've just bought a Woodpecker 12 x 8 Bromley, on the basis of good feedback from a few other growers Customisation wasn't any extra, and they do useful options for double glazing (vertical sides only) and capping the roof bars and ridge for minimal maintenance up there. Unfortunately they left the drawing and manufacturing to the absolute last minute, and ended up without the glass for install day, so only put up the frame, which to be fair looks pretty good. So I've had a weeks delay waiting for the glass to finally arrive, hopefully tomorrow. Other than that niggle - perhaps they're overworked - so far so good
  15. Repeating much of the above Double glazing if you can afford it. Automatic vents Wood looks great and easier to fit out, clearly more expensive though A sunny a spot as possible - you can always put on shading As large as possible. This may be overkill, but I have dual power supplies: MCBs on a non-RCD bus in the house CU, 6mm2 3-core armoured cable, sub-CU with multiple RCB protected circuits in the greenhouse to minimise failure domain and a non-electric propane heater (set lower than the electric heater) as backup for electricity outages Well constructed solid level base / dwarf wall plinth/ concrete slab MDPE mains water supply & preferably a supply run in from outside water butts