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    Heath Spotted-orchid

    From the album: Bog

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    Polytrichum

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    Part of the bog

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    Part of the bog

    From the album: Bog

  5. Winterbourne House & Garden. "Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens." Today in between all the rain we've been having, I found time for a visit. For those of you who haven't been its lovely for a visit. Great gardens just outside of Birmingham city center and a Edwardian Arts and Craft style house with displays about its former owners. The orchid house and dedicated carnivorous plant greenhouses are both small but contain a variety of CPs and a few are for sale in the attached shop.
  6. Thanks Yossu and Mark - I've put together a brief blog post with a picture to show the setup. Not currently using the light and the two plants have gone back to the windowsill. Might try chillis to see if it makes any difference. For my 'real' tank I'm most probably going to use 4x40W T5 or something similar.
  7. <from the forum> My 'test' light setup I'm playing around with is in a 30cmx20cm tank lined with mylar. I'm only using half of it - so estimate a 20cm x 15cm area that contains two small pots with drosera aliciae in them. Both were repotted from a crowded pot. Neither looks very well at the moment - probably because I keep experimenting on them ;-) both are about 10cm from the lights balanced on upturned plant pots. The lights. Both on the same heatsink (20cm x 8cm) - I have 5 lots of 20cm 5050 led 'grow' strips with the red/blue leds. Claims to be 14.4w per meter. I also have 4x 3W COB leds (6500k). I can run either or both. Is either suitable for the two small pots? Is running both better? Is running the red/blue better? Is running the white better? This setup is really just me playing around with LEDs and improving my soldering skills but I'd like to ultimately use this setup or one similar with more power across the small tank as a propagation/small plant tank especially for winter growing plants. Any advice from the group would be welcome. I find LED threads have some great ideas, but are hazy on just how much light is required. </from the forum> The light itself uses 1m of grow LED strip, cut into 5x20cm strips and soldered back together. This claims 14.4W of light in the ranges plants need. The white LEDs are all 3W COB LEDs of 6500k. The whole thing looks very very bright to me, but I've no idea if my plants would like it. I'm planning on growing chilli seedlings in it with some also on my window sill in the same room, see if there is any difference. If I ever get satisfied it works its going to be a germination/seedling tank for carns - probably cephalotus as I'm a bit obsessed with getting cuttings from mine. The heatsink does get quite warm. I've added a PC case fan powered from the 12v adaptor thats powering the strips and this seems to work quite well at keeping things cool. I'd love to hear peoples thoughts - even if you're just telling me its not suitable. It was/is only ever really meant as an experiment in LEDs and electronics as its been a very long time since I've done anything in this area.
  8. To further this - I really hope I could get some input from the group. My 'test' light setup I'm playing around with is in a 30cmx20cm tank lined with mylar. I'm only using half of it - so estimate a 20cm x 15cm area that contains two small pots with drosera aliciae in them. Both were repotted from a crowded pot. Neither looks very well at the moment - probably because I keep experimenting on them ;-) both are about 10cm from the lights balanced on upturned plant pots. The lights. Both on the same heatsink (20cm x 8cm) - I have 5 lots of 20cm 5050 led 'grow' strips with the red/blue leds. Claims to be 14.4w per meter. I also have 4x 3W COB leds (6500k). I can run either or both. Is either suitable for the two small pots? Is running both better? Is running the red/blue better? Is running the white better? This setup is really just me playing around with LEDs and improving my soldering skills but I'd like to ultimately use this setup or one similar with more power across the small tank as a propagation/small plant tank especially for winter growing plants. Any advice from the group would be welcome. I find LED threads have some great ideas, but are hazy on just how much light is required.
  9. Ok - I'll give the CPS and attend some meetings. I'm very familiar with the B'ham botanical gardens and have some serious issues with them. Keeping on topic - their carnivorous display was pretty terrible last time I was there (few months ago). Edit - yes I know the plants would have been dormant - it was still pretty bad though.
  10. For someone in the UK (and not the London bit) I was wondering if its worth joining the CPS or better joining the ICPS. Or even neither or both? The CPS doesn't seem to list much on their website and while the ICPS is obviously the International society it doesn't seem to offer much scope for inter-personal communication outside of the AGMs every two years. I'm a member of another society for an 'obscure' hobby and find their meetings and bi-month magazine to be well worth it. I've attended meetings in both London and Birmingham and its always nice to have that option of actually talking to real people and learning new things. From what I've seen I'm not sure if this is something the CPS provides, but perhaps I'm wrong on that. <edit> Also having someone to tell about my new Cephalotus would stop my other half moaning at me ;-)
  11. To reply to my own topic (no one else seems to want to) - after much more research. Option 1. T8 or T5 tubes always seem a good option. Probably too long for my particular space, but for the next project maybe.... Option 2. Yes -I've just built my own grow light from some 3W COB LEDs - might not be quite ideal but it was a fun project and I've enjoyed putting it together. Got to refresh some of my long lost A level physics notes - P=IV and all that. These bright LEDs I'm convinced are the future. More research and I'll be making another new grow light - maybe this time with a mix of red+blue etc as well as the 6500k white I've just used. The possibly ridiculous lights - I actually think a number of these wired up might work. They look like they're just strip versions of the LEDs I've just used. Appropriate driver and I cant see a problem. If anyone A. Is actually reading this forum (starting to doubt that) B. has a comment, let me know. Option 2.5 - still unsure but I'm making a guess at the strips not being bright enough - even in my small space.
  12. I've got some aquarium sand thats marked "does not change pH" - is it safe to assume this would be ok for carns?
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    Growing Sundew

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    sundew after2week

    From the album: Growing Sundew

    Cape Sundew after a two weeks.
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    sundew after1week

    From the album: Growing Sundew

    Cape Sundew after a week.
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    sundew day1

    From the album: Growing Sundew

    Day I got my Cape Sundew.
  17. I'm planning a very small terrarium built from an old fish tank as a bit of an experiment and am trying to keep costs down (which may be mistake number 1) from lots of reading on here and some poking around on ebay I've come up with the following as possibilities. Can some one tell me if I'm totally wrong in my assumptions and put me on the right track. Fishtank is about 30x30x30cm although I might later re-purpose something thats L 59 x W 38 x H 41 but thats a secondary concern right now. Option 1: Something like https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001940LEQ?psc=1 OR https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reptile-Aquatic-Fluorescent-Electronic-Ballast/dp/B0053PA7RS/ with an appropriate sized T8 tube or two. Option 2: An LED driver like http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-STOCK-LED-Driver-Power-Supply-Transformer-240V-DC-12V-/291227665215 wired to a normal UK plug at the one end and LED strips at the other?? - This is the option I'm less sure of. Would http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Waterproof-Car-DRL-Fog-LED-Lights-Strip-Daytime-Running-COB-Bright-Drive-Lamp-/201548823555 or similar be totally ridiculous? Option 2.5: Feels like https://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Kitchen-Cupboard-Cabinet-Lights/dp/B00SA12GRQ is a ready built option 2 with no hassle? The fish tank does have a built in light on the lid, but I'm probably not even using the lid and I'd imagine the light to be far too faint in any case. Thanks for any help.
  18. Hi all, Hopefully now I've fully proved I'm not a bot of any type I can post ;-) Have been avidly reading the vast amounts of information here so thought it time to join. Currently growing 3 Sarracenia, 2 cape sundews and 2 rapidly growing venus flytraps on my sunny home office window sill, but the obsession is growing so soon to add a terrarium of cephalotus and/or tropical sundews under lights for all year round growing. After that who knows.....
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