David Ahrens

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  1. few questions

    Coir is fine for CP's, some it contains a lot of salt so be careful. You can use pine bark in the mix but specialist orchid bark would be better and less likely to rot down. You can try using a Brita filter. Marston Exotics tried an experiment with this water with a VFT years ago and it was OK. Just suck it and see. The Neps you quoted need a minimum of 50 to 55 degrees F. Some Nep growers have found mice and rats in their plants.
  2. Seepage

    I don't know whether you are growing your Zamioculcas zamifolia in the bathroom with very little light , but it doesn't look very healthy. They are normally a dark green colour. This plant is used a lot in an office plant situation, I used to work with office plants. You really don't need a fancy seepage system, just ordinary watering will do. Give the plant much more light though and a little feed now and again. Darlingtonia and Cephalotus don't need fancy watering systems either. Some people might moan that we have mentioned a non-carnivorous plant in the CP section of the forum, but the forum is a bit quiet at the moment, anything to keep it going.
  3. Tiny deformed traps

    I don't know how many VFT's you have but if it is not many you could try submersing the whole plant in a bucket of water, perhaps weighing it down in the water with a plastic milk bottle full of water. Leave the plant for 24 hours, take out and repeat the process a week later. This will drown any aphids. The new growth should be fine then.
  4. New Distiller Equipment

    Incidently, a good tip with a distiller is to run it on a timer so that the power cuts off when it has half an inch left in the bucket part. If you let it run till the end of the cycle so it boils dry, it can get a bit crusty and difficult to clean out.
  5. New Distiller Equipment

    I've used a distiller for years. It does me but I don't have a very large collection in the flat. If you pushed a distiller and set it on three cycles a day, you would produce enough water for a 10 by 6 greenhouse. The problem with rainwater is getting enough, it can be difficult in July and August. RO machines are good but they do waste a lot of water. which can cost you if you are on a meter.
  6. Of course you can, there is not a lot of difference between them. The problem you have is if all you have to collect rainwater is that tray then you will probably run out at some stage. When you say distilled water, where are you getting it from ? Reverse osmosis water from an aquarium shop is not distilled water. It's pretty close though. As I have said many times, I have a distiller unit which gives me a US gallon in about four hours. That is distilled water.
  7. Alfred Nimmo

    I seem to remember that people had trouble with Eco Verdi years ago. People were not pleased with him then.
  8. It is slightly difficult to read the bag of Melcourt to see exactly what you have. I have discussed this on another thread. It is printed down one edge.
  9. To be honest, I don't think that I would worry about rainwater from the roof. Most people don't bother testing it. You probably have a bit of bird poo in it. Our TDS fr our tapwater is far more worrying. That is over 200.
  10. My carnivorous plants

    You can check out any time you like but you can never leave,
  11. peat

    Alexis, it may be down to other things. I went on holiday twice and each time the VFT's were in deep water. Perhaps they don't like this with Melcourt. I have lowered the water level and they are looking better now. Also, straight substitution of Melcourt for peat may not be good. I could try Mike's mix another year.
  12. peat

    Hotsteppa, I bought my coir for about £14 for eight bricks (inc posting). This makes about 80 litres when wet. Perhaps not the cheapest but you have to be careful with coir. If you find a brand that you can trust, stay with it. As said before, some of it can be dodgy.
  13. peat

    Melcourt Melcourt, so good I named it twice. Can't seem to get rid of the second posting.
  14. peat

    I have just hauled a bag of Melcourt out of the shed to look at it again. It says Growbark Pine down one side.
  15. peat

    I have just hauled a bag of Melcourt out of the shed to look at it again. It says Growbark Pine down one side.