Nigel H-C

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About Nigel H-C

  • Birthday 04/10/1974

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    Glastonbury, Somerset, England
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    CP's esp. Drosera, tropical gardening, my two Land Rovers (1957 & 1994), and dare I say, local politics.

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  1. Indeed, it's in a 35 litre pot! Nigel HC
  2. I'm rather struck with the idea of dusting off my original Drosera regia for Chelsea this year. It will be the first time it's been displayed in probably 8 years. I recently had to snap the rhizomes which had spread out over the edge of the pot and re-plant them back inside. Net result, a much tidier plant, but it still weighs around 18 kgs! The problem is, it may be too big for the display... Nigel HC
  3. These guys were all from seed. I've posted pictures of The Mamma under the 'Plants in Cultivation' tab. Nigel H-C
  4. I saw in B & Q yesterday that they stock large trays for £4. They measure 51 x 42 x 10 cm, so a good depth, especially if you're fussing at work in the summer months about your plants drying out back in the greenhouse. They also do a propagator cover for about £8. The only down side is that small pots can tip in the grooves, but hey, for 4 quid we can put up with that! Nigel HC
  5. Ask away, sure there's a wealth of growers on here also ready to answer.
  6. That's okay! I've never found them difficult to transplant or repot. I'd sow them together in a tray or pot, depending on how many seeds you have, and prick them out when they're large enough to handle. Regards Nigel H-C
  7. Now is a good time to sow a lot of the South African species as they like cool nights and warm days. Also a good time to sow Roridula and Drosophyllum. Don't be too impatient with D. regia, as it is a slow plant, remaining small for a couple of years before increasing its growth rate, seemingly once it starts catching more prey. Regards Nigel H-C
  8. It's like all of these plants that garner an at times mythical status; as soon as anyone has a tiny division it ends up being sold for top dollar, and hence remains scarce, especially any plant of decent size. I find it pretty vigorous, and have a few in the nursery which I've propagated over the past few years and hope to have a few next year, possibly even this one! Regards Nigel
  9. AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH! Mine's one and a half acres of wet clay, a mix of yellow claggy slop which the brambles (Rubus fruticosus) love. It's not unusual to see me cursing this type of soil! That said, once it's broken and worked, it makes a nice soil for general gardening. Problem is, after an accident last year my days of being able to dig beds and ponds seems to be at an end. Think I'd prefer the laterite option, but there's a lack of it around Glastonbury. Cheers Nigel
  10. D. dichrosepala grows perfectly well in peat and sand, but it's a good one to experiment with, plus I think there are a few gemmae left on some of the plants!
  11. I'm seeing my bonsai friend on Friday, and he's got various substrates, including Akadama, which like laterite has both Al and Fe, so will be interesting to see if a few D. dichrosepala gemmae will grow in it. Nigel H-C
  12. Hi Tropic Breeze, I'm interested in trying it for some of the pygmy species, especially the likes of D. barbigera which I've never had a great deal of success with. Regards Nigel
  13. Of course, Akadama is clay based. I've a bonsai friend who uses it all the time - doh!!! Nigel
  14. Hi Mark, I called these guys yesterday and they say they no longer produce it! If you hear of another source, do shout! Thanks Nigel
  15. Hi All, Has anyone in the UK managed to source laterite? I found some online, only to find it's been discontinued. Nigel HC