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Guy last won the day on September 29 2021

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  1. Interesting! I have capensis seedlings growing all over the place and, I must admit, I've never studied them that closely. They are just weeded out when they get big. I'll keep a closer eye on them now! Guy
  2. And do whatever you can to get constant air movement round the plant. I now have an electric fan in the greenhouse which is on 24 hours a day. No Botrytis problems for the last couple of years. Guy
  3. Thanks for that Stephen I have some Utricularia in dire need of re potting. I'll use your mix and see how it goes. Guy
  4. Well, fancy that! All my D. capensis have elongate leaves, nothing like the ones in the photo which look like little table tennis bats. Is it just because they are so young, Stephen? Guy
  5. Wow! So many different Drosera. Most of those in your pictures are new to me. Thanks. Guy
  6. Very nice! But are you sure they are D. capensis? Look more like a D. rotundifolia to me. Guy
  7. You'd be very lucky to get propagation from a flower stalk cutting. Give it a go, though. It might work. Best bet is to let it grow on this year then, by 2023, it should have produced new plants which you can separate out. You'll have more VFTs than you know what to do with in a couple of years! Guy
  8. Same here, about waiting for seeds, plus I can't log into the CPS website. It won't accept my username/password and there doesn't seem to be any way of re setting them. Guy
  9. Thanks Tobias The topping looks more like crushed quartz then sand! Guy
  10. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks. What have you planted them in, please? Guy
  11. These are essentially small living plants. No need to store them. Best to plant them now. You may find this video interesting. Guy
  12. Welcome Les All except the Nepenthes should be Ok in the greenhouse over winter as long as the temperature doesn't get much below zero Celsius for too long. The Nepenthes won't tolerate such low temperatures over the winter, so keeping them indoors is best. VFTs are particularly hardy and I've had them frozen solid for a few weeks in winter and still bounce back the following spring. Amazing! Watering should always be by filling the tray with distilled or rain water during the summer and keeping the plants just damp over winter. Hope this helps. Guy
  13. Mine arrived in my inbox on Tuesday 21st September. Perhaps yours went into your junk mail folder, Paul? Guy
  14. Thanks Rob. The sphagnum I buy from my local garden centre looks to me as though it's alive! It's green, moist and springy. But perhaps dead sphagnum looks like this as well. Guy
  15. In the latest online issue of the Carnivorous plant society newsletter Phil Wilson writes about various alternatives to peat. A really interesting article which will definitely encourage me to try coir and various other substrates. One of the alternatives he writes about is sphagnum moss, which many of us use either alone or mixed with other substrates. In the article Phil writes "Be wary of live sphagnum offered for sale on eBay as it’s often actually moss for hanging baskets and not suitable for use with carnivorous plants". If Phil uses this forum then a bit more info would be really helpful. I'm sure the sphagnum I buy from my local garden centre is intended for hanging baskets and I'm now a bit concerned my plants may be in less than optimal conditions. Or can anyone else shed any light on this, please? Thanks. Guy
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