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  1. Hello, To everyone on CPUK, I have been a member for several months reading discussions and salivating over other peoples CP's. I decided it was time to reveal myself from the shadows and come into the open about my own display. I am fortunate enough to have the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (UK) as an office, and even more fortunate to have the carnivorous section as my own personal playground. It has been so much fun, an I was given nearly complete artistic license with this display with the exception of a few tips and pointers from my glasshouse manager (many thanks to him for being so tolerable over my excitable attitude toward these amazing plants). I however am merely a novice with these plants and do not claim much experience with them at all (2-3 years). 2 years ago I under took the job of revamping our display. I tore it apart down to the metal frame work after removing some of the plants which had there original labels. I then replaced the structure using a artificial decking board (it doesn't rot). I then lined the display with plastic liner and insert large trays for water retention with a dry area at one end for Mexican pings, Byblis, and the Roridula. I then deposited a large amount of peat, perlite and grit into the area (Cant remember the exact ratio) with sections of ping mix and the sandy section at the far end. I then designed the bog pits you see in the photos (they are now empty because I am trying to get the plants to have a dormancy period) but during the summer I filled these each day its really nice on a summers day when you can get some reflections of the pitchers. I then covered the are in sphagnum moss (which is only just starting to grow). the whole bed gets water through capillary act through the moss and peat from the pits. I then planted out and added the tufa rock on the Dry section of the display. I think we now have a nice diverse display, (we also have several large nep around the glasshouses) however we are missing some genus like Genlisea, Philcoxia and Triphyophyllum but I would appreciate any feedback the CPUK members have. I have tried to keep the display as accurate as possible in terms of how the plants would grow in the wild with the exception of removing weeds and dead foliage. This display is also only 1 year old and there fore some of the plant have not yet reached maturity. Enjoy Due to the limit on importing file size this website has I cannot not upload the images -.- (thanks technology) I've tried to upload the images on to drop box hopefully this will work XD these were take with my phone so not the best quality but hopeful enough to encourage some of you to visit in person. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wnttaaoshnos7cm/AAACg9nKP5-4kKXUxbgFPwLIa?dl=0
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  2. 3 glass panes on greenhouse broken by girls with balls... they sure got some ........
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  3. I decided to self pollinate the Colombia location flower and the pod is fattening up nicely! Looking forward to growing some from seed, if the pod develops seed and viable seed at that! Hopefully both locations will flower at the same time next year, or maybe get a cross with, quelchii, alpina, nelumbifolia, reniformis or any of the others that decides to flower at the same time. Unfortunately the alpina aborted is flowers while I was at the ICPS conference, oh well hopefully next year!
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  4. Nice one Frankie You must be feeling pretty smug ... A well cared for 'typical' plant will look every bit as good as most sought after clones. I see you have a little ' house' for them, protection from the elements is a good idea, make sure there is plenty of ventilation though as humid/ stale air conditions can promote mildew. Blocky
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  5. I have 2 clones of S. x leah wilkerson x Leucophylla var pubescens one has the typical red patch inside in the lid and the other has not, clone 6 has the red inside of and is a younger/small plant the other which is older/lager clone 5 has no red patch. Is this what happens with clones sometimes that they do not follow typical form heres a couple of images Clone 6 Clone 5
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  6. Hello I don't think Czech giant and Czech clone are same clone. Now I don't have Czech giant anymore which was from EU but it was not giant just normal size typical stuffs at least mine and I think Czech giant doesn't make GIANT pitcher. I've never seen any photos and real plant. anyone has real one ? or can share photos in here CPUK? Czech giant is mysterious I think. one of members CPUK has Czech giant so I asked him but his one has not big pitchers just normal size. and I got some typical cephalotus from Czech last year? or so but one of them is quite huge and vigorous stuff so I labeled just Czech clone to distinguish pots on my collection. mine is not special. don't get me wrong. here is my Czech clone.
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