Load of casualties!
Posted 16 October 2009 - 22:33 PM
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Posted 17 October 2009 - 18:08 PM
KCl-extractable soil ammonium concentrations were low at all three sites (site I: 0.08 µmol g-1 DW±0.045 sd, site II: 0.14 µmol g-1 DW±0.048 sd, site III: 0.06 µmol g-1 DW± 0.017 sd), nitrate could not be detected. Differences between sites were not significant (P>0.05) indicating that in all three sites the investigation was not affected by the short-term mineralization effects of fire. The low fertility of the coastal sands of North Carolina in the Dionaea habitat is characterized by a lack of calcium, manganese, and nitrate and low levels of ammonia, iron, magnesium, and phosphate in recently burnt soils (Roberts and Oostings, 1958Go)
I know Irish peat is high in Iron and Manganese.
Posted 01 July 2010 - 19:39 PM
Annoyed & Stressed!!
Posted 01 July 2010 - 22:45 PM
My garden centre just started stocking it so i bought a few bags.
Prior to that i was buying moorland gold for £15 a time.
This clover stuff is only £4.99 for a 85 litre bag.
so, i hope it's safe!
Posted 02 July 2010 - 09:05 AM
I have only ever used Shamrock Irish Moss peat which is the only one available here
Mike had a bad batch of Shamrock a couple of years ago. It seems no brand is 'immune' because of where it's dug out of the bog.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 09:44 AM
Posted 02 July 2010 - 12:57 PM
For dormancy im either going to leave it in my north facing porch or still on my window sill. But in masses I dont see how a greenhouse could be a problem, maybe I should just put a couple of blankets up in the roof.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 18:58 PM
I'm still going through losses too Bill, lost another 2 big cephs recently - they were potted up in the old peat but its the same problems I was having before More mushy vft bulbs too but mostly over winter, I should have repotted everything much earlier which I think would have helped but didnt have time with the wedding.
I finally managed to get some new peat - Clover - it looks much better and not as dark as the westlsnd I was using but the pots are quickly covered in green slime, dont think its doing any harm but its looks yucky! I'm tending to grow more and more cephs just in pure live moss, I keep new and rarer vfts in moss too.
Have you been trying to keep our plants on the drier side? Did you try a higher percentage of perlite? Let us know how you get on with the moss and moorland gold. I definitely think moss is a good option, just more of a pain in winter and harder to keep at a certain level of moisture I think, it can try out so quickly. - lost a few plants that way too!
Do you think we're cursed??
Posted 24 March 2011 - 16:38 PM
Awe-WoW ... This-Peats Got-R pH of 3 (Really-Acid) Devoid-of-Nutrients &-Yet 'Me'-Garden-Plants R-Sending Roots-INTO-It as-If They're Discovering The-Elixir-of-DEEP-Subterranean-Life:
>(*~*)< / >(*U^)<
If-You're 'Lucky'-enough to Get-Your-Hands ON-Some Flytraps When-They 'Arrive' ON-The-Day to-R-Garden-Centre &-'Rush'-Home or or Do-R-'Test' IN-The-Car-Park so-to-Speak ... You-May-even Get-R-pH Closer to 2.5!!! >(*~*)< AWEL ... Could-They Be 'Finishing'-OFF The-Flytraps with Ammonium-sulphate!!!??? >(*~*)< Will-Give The-Plants R-'Nice' Perky-Green Palour / Acid-enough to put-to-Sleep or-Even Kill-OFF Any ACID-Tolerant Rhizobia Living-In The Roots & The Leaf-Bases of The-Plants ... So When-You Transfer-Them to-Your Potting-Mix It'll-Take At-Least Another Season (Year-'Wasted') to-get-Them 'Bach' so-to-speak ... if-at-All. >(*~*)< / >(*U^)<
R-But 'Thart's Because They-Source &-BLEND The-'Finest'-Peats from R-Round The-World!!! >(*U^)< R-Bit-Similar to The DECOY / Cover-Story Regarding TANNIC-Teas, Really ... Which Is Most-likely 'Just' The-Use of CHEAP Photographic-Grade Potassium-FERRICYANIDE!!! >(*~*)< / >(*U^)<
OK ... Have-R-'Look' at These TWO-Sets of-Photographs by-BRAD from FLYTRAPCARE of Dionaea Growing IN-The-Wild, so-to-Speak, ... IN-(September)-2009.
Are Any-of-Them 'Growing' IN-Peat??? R-Any-of-Them 'Growing' IN-Spagnum ... "I"-'Mean' DEEP-Sphagnum 'Not'-Just 'Surface' Clusters Here-&-There!!!???
Now What-We've Been Able to-Determine from BRAD's Images R the following:
(1) None-of-Them Appear to-be 'Affected' by Flowering!!!
(2) There's an 'Aquatic' Waterlilly / Nymphaea-Lotus-like Associate growing With Most Plants In-The-Wild (Other Internet Images Support-This). These R-'Known' to-Harbour Nitrogen-'Fixing' ACID-Tolerant Rhizobia (Actually Some-of The most Acid-Tolerant so-Far 'Known').
(3) There-R-WORM-Castings IN Some-of-The-Photographs ... Suggesting that-There R-Actually Appreciable Amounts of CALCIUM IN-The-Soil to-Support-These.
There-R-Probably OTHER-Points to-be 'Discovered' from-These Photographs ... it-You 'Look' HARD-enough ("I"-ONLY 'Discovered The-Enlargement-toold On-The-Site After Two-Months of Looking!!! >(*~*)<) ... Don't-Let ME 'Stop'-You!!! >(*~*)< / >(*U^)<
Oh ... &-Above-ALL ... ENJOY!!! >(*U^)< MERRY-CHRISTMAS!!!
Posted 24 March 2011 - 19:11 PM
You could grow in pure silica sand I suppose, amongst other options. The question is, just because it grows in substrate A in the wild, is that necessarily the only option and the best option? Unless you live in North Carolina, your own climate will skew any research in all probabilty.
Most people also grow in pots not subjected to overhead watering, so there may be a dilution effect of anything in the soil.
As for flowering, how does it actually 'affect' the plants? Is it a case of the plant producing fewer traps afterwards, or smaller traps? Or does it take a break from trap production of a couple of weeks?
Does natural selection weed out the weaker plants in the wild, leaving the healthiest specimens, whereas people cultivate plants of a weaker disposition?
So many questions!!
Posted 13 April 2011 - 18:36 PM