Ron

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  1. Hi Dunc. I have approx 500 pots of Disa orchids, cephalotus, and some Dionaea, I have one greenhouse covered in Triple ply bubble wrap, with a 2kw fan heater thermostatically controlled, the purpose of my post was to see if anyone had used 30gram horticultural fleece to insulate there greenhouse, I had seen adverts suggesting that it was a better insulator than bubble, easier to instal and also you do not get the condensation build up on the fleece, so just testing the water so to speak if someone had tried using it.. Ron
  2. Sand, UK

    I also tried so VFT in a Melcort potting park and granite grit, and the growth was terrible compared to plants in a Peat/Perlite mix, so I also assume its the Melcourt. Yet I have trialled some Disa Orchids in the same mix that Mike uses and have had a really good growth with it.
  3. Sand, UK

    I tested the Diall brand from B&Q a couple of years ago and it bubbled like a volcano when tested.
  4. Hi Karsty. Yes, I had already checked the thermometers, they are both the same brand digital and there is 0.2 deg difference in them which I have taken into account.
  5. Has anyone tried insulating there greenhouse using 30g heavy duty horticultural fleece, if so how did it perform. I have my small greenhouse insulated with triple layered bubble wrap, the glass in this is the standard horticultural glass but in cold weather I notice that my new greenhouse which has 4mm toughened glass and no insulation is 1.2 deg c warmer with no insulation. I was wondering what the effect would be in insulating this one with 30g Fleece.
  6. Green slime in water tray

    I also used to get it the same as you, as the greenhouse gets sun all day, I used to take the pots out the trays and hose both the trays and pots with a hose pipe on spray mode. As a matter of interest since I have been using RO water I no longer get any slime.
  7. Phragmipedium boulay bay

    Very Nice, well worth the wait.
  8. Be there as usual Mike.
  9. Lack of Pollen

    I moved the main plants I wanted to pollinate into the conservatory, and I was rewarded with pollen and have been pollinating these plants with the brush every day. The seed is starting to show in each flower now, so hopefully I will have some successful seed for the spring.
  10. Is anyone else having problems with the system logging you off, it has done it several times recently, ten minutes ago being the last, I was typing a post then when I went to post it, it told me I was not logged in.
  11. Lack of Pollen

    Hi Ada, I have the doors and window open day and night and also have a fan running 24/7, I have closed the door the past couple of nights incase it was getting to cold as the night temps have been down to 10C.
  12. Lack of Pollen

    Not that I have seen, lots of flies and bee's and just the odd Hover fly, originally I had them protected by a insect screen, as I wanted to cross a couple of plants, but I removed this yesterday in the hope that I may get some seeds.
  13. Lack of Pollen

    Is anyone else suffering from a lack of Pollen on their Cephalotus flowers. I have thirteen flowers on my cephs and whilst most stigma are in receptive mode non of the flowers are producing any pollen, the pollen flowers do not seem to be ripening, this has been going on now for about two weeks or more and a lot of the flowers are now closing. Tried using a small paint brush but nothing shows, even when using a magnifying glass. Looks like no seed this year.
  14. peat

    It is grow Bark Pine that Mike was using and has a Ph 4.5-5.5, and the bag I had was labeled with the name on it. I am using it, trialling some Disa orchids in it instead of sphagnum moss peat, so far the test is positive but will need to wait until spring to check the root systems. http://melcourt.co.uk/archive/pdf/Melcourt Growbark-Pine.pdf
  15. I'm back

    Welcome back Stephen, good to have you back.