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  2. Maciej Stelmach

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    No I haven't. Just posted about an issue here.
  3. yea, I think between 1 and 5 degrees should do the job.
  4. joncooke

    Urgent Message from The CPS

    I got a letter in the post today and have signed and sent back off.
  5. linuxman

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    Yes, I've noticed that as well. Have you PM'd Richard? I've just seen in my profile that the option has been disabled by an administrator. I'll let Richard know.
  6. Maciej Stelmach

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    E-mail notifications are no longer working for quite some time already.
  7. Tropicat

    Can anyone id this plant please

    I vote N. ventrata as well. for comparison:
  8. picol

    Can anyone id this plant please

    It happen often that cp's are mislabelled, that plant looks a x ventrata to me too. Wrongly and usually they are labelled as alata, but you can find many other species or genus as sarracenia.......
  9. I don't try to keep it constant as it varies with the weather. Aim to keep it normally minimal heating to keep just over freezing. Occasionally nights 1 or 2 below don't do much harm, some mid-winter days get into double digit Celsius. Then I open the vents - too warm and humid over winter = mold!
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  11. piker

    Can anyone id this plant please

    Yes its got that style of label but it just says carnivorous plant collection on it.
  12. Occasional -5 odd night not regular as long as they are damp not wet talking Sarracenia
  13. you mean from -3 to 5 degrees?
  14. I would say upto -3 but can take some occasional lower temps
  15. For those who can control the temperature in a greenhouse over the winter for Sarracenia, Vft etc. What would be the perfect constant temperature for dormancy? Would it be 1 to 5 Celsius be the ideal conditions? This is very important to me because here it gets to -25 celsius and my plants cannot take that, the ones who were outside last year perished. Thank you!
  16. linuxman

    Drosophyllum progress

    Looking a lot bushier now. And still has some flower heads but don't think any seed will be viable this time of year. Just hope it lasts the winter.
  17. Joachim

    Krzysio's Nepenthes

    Hello Krzysztof, I really like watching your very well grown plants and I am looking through this thread from time to time! So this is bad news: Hope to see more in the future! Best Regards Joachim
  18. MWilko86

    Covering planter for winter

    Over the past 4-5 years I have had an old Belfast sink planted up with a variety of Drosera, Pings and Sarracenia. I have had both good and not so good results over those years without a greenhouse or polytunnel. I think I have nailed it with covering it up for winter last year and had a reasonably good season this summer. When I first started the planter I used a make shift cloche made from bubble wrap and canes. Which proved to be flimsy, especially with the storms that the UK has had and it looked unsightly. I then used fronds from shuttlecock ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) to cover the planter and it worked to keep the cold wind off but it was still exposed to the still freezing air. So I then used a loose spread of needles from larch (Larix decidua) and broad leaves to insulate the crowns of the Sarracenia underneath the ferns. Then late last winter I lifted the fronds and some of the needles off when there was good weather so the plants could get some light. But had to put it back on to protect it from the "beast from the east" and kept the cover on until mid March. Where I then swapped the fronds and leaves for the bubble wrap cloche to get things going for spring. As much as I am sure using the fronds and larch needle method to covering the planter will protect my plants this winter. I still hope it will be enough to withstand the harsh weather that has been forecast at the end of the month and shall see what happens next year. This was a photo taken of the planter last winter when I first used larch needles to protect the crowns of the Sarracenia. The planter earlier this summer. The planter this autumn after taking out smaller pings and Drosera. Notice that most of the surface of the soil is smothered in liverwort. I had to take everything out to plant back up with fresh moss peat and cleared all the liverwort. Most of the Sarracenia were put back in with some new editions as well as the Drosera and Pings and hardy bog orchids. Larch needles generously scattered over the soil and over Sarracenia crowns. Scattered broad leaves over the larch needles. Then placed overlapped fern fronds in between Sarracenia leaves and over planter while bending frond ends into the sides of planter.
  19. Argo88

    Can anyone id this plant please

    It seems nepenthes x ventrata...have you bought it in a garden center?
  20. MWilko86


    Various photos of own collection and visited displays. Ignore dates and times on some photos.
  21. gruenemonster

    Pinguicula fungicide in dormacy

    The advice with Trichoderma fungus is very well, thanks for that Stephen! Could you please concretizice the Trichoderma species that you use? I cleary prefer biological help insted of chemicals..ofcourse i know that the fungus option isn't useable in winter actually.
  22. MWilko86

    advice on making a sink minibog

    I think your on the ball mate regarding light in summer and the plants your planning to put in it. I've planted up a Belfast sink myself with CP over the past 4-5 years and is well worth it. It does come with its own challenges and can be trial and error at first. I agree with Blocky71 saying to have the sink lifted off the floor as I've got mine on concrete block that are on their sides and two 4x4" of wood on top of the blocks and each cut the length of the sink. I'm sure there's better materials that can be used to make it look tidy, but it was what I had at hand and it works. For drainage putting a crap catcher over the plug hole, the same that you would use to catch rubbish in a kitchen sink or a shower (finer the holes the better) and then put very fibrous moss over the catcher. My theory behind this is that it will let the water to drain out slowly and stop the soil from being washed out. Don't worry about the overflow pipe as some drainage will allow water to drain out and the water level may not get to the overflow. I'm not really sure that stagnant water in the bottom will effect the plants much as water in natural bogs and wetlands tends to not move much. I've had to empty mine out the other week as I thought it was time to change over the old soil and blitz the liverwort that had taken over. Which would of been problematic for the pings and Drosera. After emptying it I then lined the bottom of the sink with a well washed empty compost bag (1-2" up the sides) and pierced it 3-4 times with the snips over the plug hole and other side of the sink. This is to slow the drainage further and hold some water in case it gets dry in the summer and water supply becomes a bit low. Then line the top of the bag with moss and then filled the rest in with your chosen soil mix. I'm not so sure how fresh winters can get down your end in London, but I find covering everything up with larch needles, broad leaves and fronds of shuttlecock ferns this time of the year does the trick and is more aesthetically pleasing than a bubble wrap tent. I'm going to put up a post to show what I had used and how I covered my sink planter. It is pretty much like putting the planter to bed for the winter. When it comes around late Feb, take off the fronds and some of the leaf cover when the weather is more mild to let some light get to the plants underneath. But have the covering to hand for when it freezes again and keep it on if its a prolonged frost or have an insulating cloche to let light get to the Saracenia. I've made a cloche from bubble wrap, canes and wire that covered the whole sink. As it gets milder when spring comes around the covering can come off, but still keep at hand for late cold snaps and is an idea to have beer traps set. Slugs really like fresh new leaves on Sarracenia and is really frustrating to see them struggle getting growth out to have it munched. I hope this has been of much use.
  23. Carni

    Carnivorous plants on stamps

    I found an 'official cinderella', same thing as Buriatia stamps I guess ? Printed by the scottish holy island of Eynhallow in 1982, this local stamp shows a Pinguicula. Picture from, as I don't own it yet.
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