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  3. The death that the nematode endures sounds horrific compared to being squashed and digested whilst still alive by the dionea
  4. An interesting article below, time to get some wood! https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/01/carnivorous-oyster-mushrooms-can-kill-roundworms-with-nerve-gas-in-a-lollipop/?itm_source=parsely-api Cheers Steve
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  6. My answer comes a bit late. I had a fungal attack which looked like yours. It was in an outside bog with different species of Sphagnum. An area of about a square meter had symptoms. At first it looked like every Sphagnum plant in this area would die or being already dead. More than 90% was gone there in the end. Surprisingly it regrew within a year to its former strength out of this dead pads ( no replanting on my side). The symptoms did not spread to the other adjacent Sphagnum moss pads while the infection killed the mosses in this patch. The fungus did fruit, but no new event occurred in following years. I do not know why it did happen and also not why it went. I think fungi of different species helped to protect the healthy areas. I usually use living Sphagnum to propagate plants without mold attacks (seeds and cuttings). Which is due to helpful fungi living in symbiosis with Sphagnum.
  7. I’m not a Facebook type of social media fan and as the original poster has said, like a lot of the forums i frequent they have slowed to maybe one post per week or completely disappeared due to Facebook
  8. I have a pinguicula agnata x zexheri 'tina' that I'm currently propagating. I'd be open to a swap or a sale when they have grown more and the weather has improved.
  9. Thanks Dave, it's good to hear something is going on. And I appreciate your efforts. It would be interesting to know where all the regulars from this forum have gone.
  10. Hi folks For what it's worth, we're still here 😉 It's not hugely visible but we've actually put quite a bit of work into the forum this year behind the scenes. We've moved it to new self-managed hosting to reduce ongoing costs and we've been through a fairly time-consuming effort to bring it through a series of upgrades as it had fallen some way behind the latest version of the forum software. We've also made improvements to the database, fixed various UI issues such as broken mobile views where text overlapped all over the place, and tightened up security to reduce spam posts. During the same period we've completely overhauled the main website including a new system to manage the seedbank and make the listings more informative and more up-to-date. There's a stack of further work we'd like to do over the coming year to improve the Society's online presence, some of which ties in with the forum. On the technical side, I'd like to review the forum theme to integrate it better with the design of the website, create more interconnections between the website content and the forum, and look at revising the member ranking / badges etc. to give Society members (who are contributing to its upkeep through their membership) recognition in the forum. Content wise we're keen to share engaging and informative material across all our channels. The reality is that the big social media platforms are more widely used and in many ways more accessible to the general public than traditional Web forums. So yes, we will put stuff onto those channels - not just Facebook, but also Instagram and Twitter (if it's still there 😅) - where it's easy to engage people with the charity. But we'll also try to be more consistent in sharing things here too; that's a fair criticism. A general concern for me personally is how we convert engagement online into actual memberships of the Society. We have 850+ group members on the private Facebook group but probably fewer than a third of those have joined the CPS itself. We have over 4000 forum members here (a few hundred active) but a tiny minority of those are Society members, and some of those who are most active here as sellers, for example, haven't ever joined the Society as far as I can tell. It's obviously not realistic to expect everyone - or even most people - we engage online to sign up as a paying member, and there are probably lots of reasons why people might not have felt like joining or staying in the CPS in recent years. As a committee we're doing our best to nudge things along in the right direction and hopefully over time you'll see the results of that.
  11. Thank you. This has been an issue with other hobby forums (fora?) that I have been a member of over the years. FB and I will never happen so if that is the case then I will disappear😂
  12. Hi and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately you've joined at a time when there's little activity on here from members, especially UK ones. I'd like to hear from the CPS committee about the future of this forum, or do they want us all to be "liking" things on FB?
  13. Thank you. Nice to be here. Hobbies aplenty. Time is the problem 😉 The Ping I bought from a CP stall at the Southport flower show, it must be twenty years. It was a single nose but has increased from dislodged gemmae with no help from me. The flowers are beautiful.
  14. Hello and welcome to the forum. I can see you’re already accustomed to hobbies that can quickly take up a vast amount of your time so you will be right at home with this one how long have you had the pinguicula for
  15. H. folliculata (Kamakawarai Tepui, Venezuela) Heliamphora tatei (Cerro Duida) x folliculata (Aparaman Tepui)
  16. Hello. I'm Darren. New CPS member. I've been active in other specialist plant societies for decades. Started out with alpines in the early 90s and then incorporated bulbs, cacti etc. My oldest CPs are a bowl of Pinguicula grandiflora that I have had since my alpines days. More recently I was promised some sarracenia divisions as part of a plant swap, so started reading up on CPs and got hooked. Last year I grew a few pygmy Drosera from gemmae. I am still waiting for the sarracenia but meanwhile have bought a few more Drosera and some terrestrial Utricularia. I still work full time as an analytical chemist but am expecting to start a phased retirement next year by going part-time and will have more time with my plants. I also have a side-gig as a botanical artist, but it costs more than it earns so has been relegated to hobby status.
  17. Thanks Marcel I would be very grateful to hear (by direct message or via email to [email protected]) from anyone who is planning on attending this year's conference and who might be willing to share any highlights, observations, anecdotes or photos from their trip for the Newsletter or Journal of the (British) CPS.
  18. The promotion video (YouTube movie) of the 13th ICPS Conference - Himeji, Japan is now ready. URL = https://youtu.be/RkQMRdriFzM Please note that the scenes of D. rotundifoliaand D. lunata habitats were taken outside of Hyogo Prefecture for reference only. The local habitats near Himeji, we are going to visit after the conference, may be smaller than those shown in the video. We will visit the same habitat of P. ramosa as that shown in the video.
  19. I looking for butterworts temperate and mexican im italy
  20. I'm looking for Mexican and temperate buttercups but above all planifolia, laueana, lusitanicaI
  21. Looking back, the utric was probably doing bad because the water level was too low. I still have loads of moss growing with my utrics but now growing nearly submerged, they don't seem to mind.
  22. James

    Advice please

    Ok thanks it was the water level mainly that I was unsure of 👍🏻
  23. I treat all utricularia except the Orchinoides complex in the same way. 50% peat and 50% perlite. I fill up to approx 2 cm of water in the tray when the level is lower than 5 mm. The pot is full with bladders after 6 months and need to be divided. But I grow in terrarium under only artificial light. I think bigger portion of peat and higher water level would be more appropriate when growing in living room conditions BR Magnus
  24. Hi all, I have the following Utrics which are doing ok but I’m not sure I’m treating them correctly. Could you advise on how much water or flooding they require, they’re currently south facing catching natural light and a bit of additional grow light. I'm Uk midlands based if that has any baring thanks. U Biquamata ‘Betty’s Bay’ in original pot looks to be peat U Sandersonii large form, in original pot again looks to be peat. U Hermanus as with the other 2 original pot and looks to be peat. U Longifolia ‘Forgetiana’ in LFS moss Any help much appreciated
  25. Drew Martinez of Carnivero and members of the Los Angeles Carnivorous Plant Society will be at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel this Friday evening for a special meet-and-greet style event. Details on the LACPS website.
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