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  1. Drosophyllum progress

    Looks good, my outdoors one survived entire winter outside except for one night where we had a very hard frost (spent that night in the garage). Starting catching too but only just starting to show signs of growth.
  2. Do you recommend repotting?

    If anything the humidity sounds a little high. What conditions was it under before you got it? Just how big is it?
  3. I have a single pot of cephalotus which I risk uncovered, there is another two pots which I moved to the cheap growhouse just in case. My uncovered one is amongst my sarra pots and so gets a little element of shelter from the taller pots around not much though. That plant has been outside for 3 winters now and is doing okay.
  4. I have several binata forms (binata, two types of multifida, dichotoma, dichotoma giant and also a 'marston dragon') outside and they all survive. They die back but come back from the roots. This year the winter has mostly been mild and they already started sprouting about a week ago. I have all species of sarra plus multiple hybrids, darlingtonia, cephalotus, drosophyllum, drosera filiformis and temperate pings outside without problems. I decided to put my vft's in a cheap growhouse just to try to encourage them to get back into growth a bit quicker this year. They were outside last year and were okay but a bit slow to get going in the spring.
  5. I will support Nigel here, I've had a few plants from him in the past and always very good. Healthy and well packed, you can't ask for more.
  6. Seed supplier

    Cactus and succulent addiction can be a little bit cheaper than the CP addiction, depends where you source your plants. I grow most of mine from seed and it isn't usually too expensive, another extensive seedlist is that of koehres. I mainly grow cacti with only a few succulents so most of the suppliers I use are cacti centric but I know they have a lot of succulent seed also.
  7. Drosophyllum progress

    It's dewy thats the best sign. Should be ready for some speedy growth in the spring.
  8. Drosophyllum progress

    My largest plant had iced up leaves the other morning and the soil was frozen solid. But once the sun came up it defrosted and was dewy. The exposure in my garden has recently changed a bit as a neighbour has removed a large tree, so whilst I am confident that they would be fine with a bit of frost, I wasnt so keen on the frozen soil(that was new for my garden). So at the moment I just move a couple into the garage overnight, just to be on the safe side. They were still catching insects right up until last week, probably still would if there were any around to be had. I'm really pleased that your plants are both okay. On the balance of things these are my favourite cp's. They are really good at catching food and they do it without spoiling their looks like sarra's do. They also have a wonderful honey scent to the whole plant. Too cold to smell it now but was noticeable near mine even in november.
  9. I always leave phyllodia until they die back but old pitchers I trim back the dead stuff initially. Once they are properly dying back for winter they get a close trim whether 1/3 of a pitcher is green or not, I think the improved ventilation is good for them. This doesn't apply to S. minor or hybrids that don't die back that much, just trim dead stuff with those.
  10. Identification

    Very nice, I love stapeliads. Just don't get your nose too close
  11. Where there's muck there's brass?

    Just wow I could offer some for sale and also improve the offer, mine will come stuffed to the brim with dead insect husks. Couldn't compete with dead flowers though, been pulling them apart to see how succesful my pollination attempts were.
  12. Mine was a d capensis and a ping caudata (as it was known then) both were brilliant specimens as I had space and care to lavish on them. The collection grew but those stayed with me until I had to take a break for uni.
  13. untidy sarra's

    Yes one of x catesbai has pushed up a late season bud. I have compromised and whilst trimming the brown bits am also pruning off the worst of the messy pitchers.
  14. untidy sarra's

    Anyone else fighting the urge to give their sarra's an extreme haircut at the moment? being outside they've put on so much growth but are looking a bit messy now.
  15. U, longifolia

    Mine is in a bathroom windowsill with bright, diffuse light. Been there about a year and is growing like a weed but no flowers so far. It is in peat which i basically flood when watering. I think mine needs moving up to a larger pot though as it has filled this one and is spreading over the sides.