Blocky71

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  1. Last chance saloon!

    So as some of you may remember I have been having issues with my vft's shrinking over the time I've owned. I am not alone it seems as there's a similar post from Jonathan suffering similar issues. There was a good chance I had used westlands peat in the past so I set about repotting everything, this time in shamrock Irish moss peat, I've since read that that can also sometimes be troublesome. Is there a way to test the media out of the bag for nutrients or whatever rather than having to just repot everything then wait and see if your plants improve or just keep declining ? . Jonathan stated his rain water was 6ppm but on testing rain water mixed with shamrock it was 106ppm ?, I am going to do the same test tomorrow but what should be made of readings like that if I get similar ? . I've used tall pots this time round in a hope to avoid water logging the plants , unfortunately I could only get black pots but I plan to construct some shading for the pots to avoid overheating the media come summer. I'm using a 70/30 peat and perlite mix and plan to construct a bench on wheels so I can wheel the bench back into the sun when it falls in the shade around mid afternoon. I can't think of anything else I can do and am feeling like throwing the towel in although I'm not a quitter !.
  2. Dionaea summer problems.

    I have had exactly the same issues Jonathan , I was led towards it being the media I was using. I have recently potted everything up in Shamrock peat too, I haven't tested my peat and water but will do tomorrow. Your reading of 105ppm would concern me , I'm surprised no one has commented . I'll test mine tomorrow and report back. As for my plants, it's very disheartening to watch them shrink away when your giving them the best conditions you can !. I found on repotting that plants that were originally one nice big bulb had divided into loads of much smaller plants and bulbs, I was told that this can be a ' self preservation ' thing which would coincide with poor media or conditions. I have used taller pots and keeping my fingers crossed ! cheers chris
  3. My venus wont close :/

    +3 on above advice AlliRH Tap water will eventually kill off your precious new plant, boiling doesn't remove much except maybe a tiny amount of chlorine. As said, try and collect your own rain water or maybe someone you know has a water butt and will let you use that ?. The only other options are buying distilled water, buying reverse osmosis water ( aquatic stores usually sell this) or getting your own RO unit and making your own 'safe' water. All three of these options means further expense which we all like to avoid so see if you can borrow or collect your own rain water. When you do get some flush your plant thoroughly with the rainwater as the soil will have been ' tainted' by the tap water.. Give the plant as much sun/light as is possible and stand it in a saucer of rainwater about an inch deep, replace the water when it has almost gone. Good luck and be careful, success with this plant will easily lead on to an obsession ! cheers chris
  4. I found a few soggy brown bulbs too whilst repotting recently, including 2 of my favourite clones..... I also removed all the crud and repotted. I'm glad to say my " lunatic fringe" that I feared was done for is pushing up a trap, I'm hoping the " osswell giant" will follow suit...
  5. M. "millennium magic witchcraft"

    Wow, stunning flowers
  6. Westland peat moss

    That's the branch I got my shamrock from mate, I'll be getting another bag in due course....
  7. Water trays

    I've just partially filled all my trays down here in Kent Pic.... The sarras were remaining pretty damp anyway but the vft's were beginning to dry out so their trays were filled . I just checked our extended forecasts and temperatures are gradually rising here over the next 2 weeks, I know you're further north but the outlook doesnt seem to worrying. It's personal choice and gut feeling really Pic, personally I had a poor season last year, fingers crossed for a better one this year ! Cheers Blocky
  8. Sad ceph's

    My little collection of ceph's are not looking happy at all. Two nights of -9 and a -11 seem to have pretty much wiped out any top growth, I was going to move them to the garage and out of the worst of the weather but never did, that'll teach me !. I'm expecting/hoping the bigger clumps will slowly recover from the roots but I had several young plants and seedlings that I'm not confident will recover at all... Gutted.....
  9. Sad ceph's

    My little collection of ceph's are not looking happy at all. Two nights of -9 and a -11 seem to have pretty much wiped out any top growth, I was going to move them to the garage and out of the worst of the weather but never did, that'll teach me !. I'm expecting/hoping the bigger clumps will slowly recover from the roots but I had several young plants and seedlings that I'm not confident will recover at all... Gutted.....
  10. First buds

    Sorry to hear about the damage mate!, I also spotted a couple of small slugs on my plants so a sprinkling of pellets went down... It hasn't stopped raining for several days so I've not been out to look at the plants much but I did spot another bud, a first one too on a rugelli that I got as a small division last season..
  11. Plantsman89's Greenhouse

    The ibc was a bargain mate!. We use loads of them where I work ( Essex too ) but they have had some nasty chemicals and oils in them so are beyond economical salvaging as far as a water source for my plants, excellent rain water storage vessels though !!!!
  12. First buds

    Oddly enough it's an outside kept plant that's got buds, it's usually the ones under protection that get going first. Enjoy watching your new pitchers develop mate, happy growing
  13. Really?????

    See if they've got any compost made from unicorn droppings, I hear vft's thrive in the stuff
  14. Really?????

    I know mate, usually just seed pictures offering some thing special, this bright blue dionaea pic is a step up !
  15. Really?????

    I must get me some of these ! Organic Precious Blue Dionaea Flytrap Seed Exotic NSB Carnivorous Garden Dwarf https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F142711799219