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  1. Hi, interesting idea but I must admit, I have never heard of anyone having a 'winter terrarium'. Normally terrarium is used to keep thing warm and humid, keeping them cold is a completely different situation. I does sound quite expensive to set up and run though. If you l look at Australian and Tropical forums, the majority of people use the fridge method. Maybe instead of getting a terrarium, you could get a small fridge. Something like the glass-fronted chillers they have in shops (to keep milk, meat etc in) would probably work but a normal fridge would be fine too. And in the summ
  2. @Guy, you need to select 'England'.
  3. Hello! I'm in a middle of a little crisis... I was recently given notice to leave by my landlord. I've been looking for new properties but the choice is limited. At the moment I have a eye on one suitable house but it's a terraced house (no front garden) and the back garden is quite small and North-facing... Is it possible to grow plants in those conditions? I have mostly temperate plants (VFT, Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, D. binata) that live outside all year round (plus some D. capensis that spend summer outside but winter indoors, plus two Nepenthes kept indoors all year round). Some
  4. Cephalotus is a tricky one to grow, in fact it's the only CP I haven't managed to keep alive yet... good luck! I'm growing mostly temperate plants though.
  5. I have contacted Evergreen. This is the response I got: Thank-you for your enquiry. Our Irish Moss Peat range is a 100% Natural/Pure Product with no additives. I hope this information has been of assistance to you. I've been using 'Evergreen Irish moss peat' for over a year and so far, none of my plants died as a result (I lost 1 D. binata over winter but that was weather-related, other plants in the same pot are growing well). I have VFTs, Drosera binata and capensis, Sarracenia and Darlingtonia growing in it. I will keep using this until my current su
  6. Hi, I have a N. x Bloody Mary. When I got it all of the leaves were green, now about half of them turned red. Is this normal? The plant is on a bathroom windowsill, it's south-facing with frosted double glazing. It's a fairly small window (about 2 ft tall) shaded by the eaves of the house so the plant is not in direct sunlight. The pitchers are forming fine and there's new growth at the top. All of the red leaves are on the side closest to the window so I'm thinking maybe it's got too much light? Or maybe it's still adjusting (I got the plant a month ago). Should I be worried? D
  7. Hi, I'd leave the plants on the window. The photoperiod will be reduced naturally as days get shorter in the autumn. The plants will still be photosynthesising to some extend so will need light. My VFTs are growing new leaves even in winter and they're outside in a cold frame (even the Beast from the East didn't stop them). Also, windowsills are generally the coldest part of the room (if the heating is turned off). You really need to maintain the temperature below 10 C (preferably around 2-5 C) for the plants to have proper dormancy and reasonable humidity (that shouldn't be a problem if
  8. Ok. I'm adding Vitax peat to my black-list. I think the only way is a proper lab analysis. A TDS meter could help but unfortunately it won't tell you exactly what the dissolved stuff is (it could be just harmless stuff that comes from the peat itself), I'm guessing if the readings are unusually high, that could indicate a possible contamination (I have no idea what readings are considered normal though). I'm using Evergreen Irish moss peat (the only brand I could find locally, apart from Westland). Will have to contact them to find out what the situation is with that. So far, none o
  9. Hi, the 42 C was in sun. The greenhouse is south facing. I did try to get some shading (well, it was a piece of cardboard wedged between the cover and the frame, it did not go quite to plan as it warped by next morning due to high humidity and it blocked out most of the light) and the temp dropped to 35 C. Will need to get something more suitable before the summer weather returns (would horticultural fleece work?). Today the temperature was 30 C in sun (without any shading).
  10. I have lost 1 Drosera binata... At the start of winter, there were 3 plant in the pot, 2 of them came back from the roots, the third one is still missing (I'm hoping it might still reappear but it seems unlikely now). They were in a cold frame with the rest of my temperate plants (Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, VFT). Apart from that, my plants are growing well.
  11. Richard, I had a problem earlier today, got an error message after pressing 'submit' on a new post. Don't remember what exactly is said but there was the word 'tapatalk' in it. I was using my laptop (google chrome) so not sure how that relates to the app problems... As it turned out, the post has been submitted despite the error message (I opened the forum in another tab and checked before trying to re-submit).
  12. Thanks manders, I don't have D. aliceae (and not thinking of getting one either)... What about D. regia (would like to have that one)?
  13. BBC has posted an article and a nice slow motion video of Aldrovanda in action. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44041587
  14. Hi, your set up is ok (the root cooling problem mostly applies to hotter countries than UK - think Australia, southern parts of USA, Asia...). A lot of people in the UK keep their plants in the same way as Sarracenias, VFTs etc. - in a pot (light coloured one) and a water tray or in bog gardens. Can you put the plant outside? The light levels on a windowsill won't be ideal, and in winter it will be too warm/air too dry (cobras are temperate plants and need dormancy just like Sarracenias and VFTs). My cobra is standing in water at all times during the growing season (and just damp over win
  15. Hi and thanks for all replies. Last year the Darlingtonia was grown in same conditions as the purp and did just fine (it sent out a few stolons so I guess it was happy). I was a bit worried at first (I've read all the stories of plants dying on the internet and the root cooling problems etc. so wasn't sure how it would work) but things worked out ok. I think the root temperature might be a problem in really hot countries but UK is not that warm (not for long anyway). I have pots arranged in two rows and the Darlingtonia is in the middle of the back row (the surrounding pots provide some s