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  1. The sooty deposits are most likely a fungus growing as a result of some sort of insect feeding off the sap in the leaves. The Provado should kill any pest. It even claims to be effective against scale insect. It should be possible to see the insects, though, before the sooty mould appears. A magnifying glass might help. If you can't see any insects then it's possible the sooty deposits might be Botrytis mould. A fungus which loves damp air which is fairly stagnant. Not much can be done to get rid of this. Some advice is in the link. Hopefully the two links above will be helpful. One difference between the moulds is colour. Sooty mould is black (ish), Botrytis mould is grey. Guy
  2. My plants have been in it for a couple of years now. I mix it 50/50 with Perlite. You may have a preference for a different mix. Guy
  3. Sorry not to have got back to you earlier. On holiday June 14th to 29th then didn't see your reply. I didn't do anything fancy. Just sprayed everything from a distance of about 12" using the ready made stuff from a garden centre. The pitchers seem OK. A few are a bit malformed, but that's the same with some others which live outside the greenhouse and didn't get sprayed. As to spraying earlier, I wouldn't spray until you can see greenfly. No point in using the spray if there's nothing for it to kill! Guy
  4. Following the really helpful advice on here I've just bought a few cacti from my local garden centre. Just under £24 for all of them. Some are rattling about in their pots. I know watering too much isn't a good idea, but what should I do with them now to keep them healthy, please? Hopefully you cactus experts will know what these are. If you don't, then I can let you know. Odd names cacti!! Thanks. Guy
  5. Hi Dan What should you start with? Anything you like! My passion is Drosera and Utricularia. But there's also loads of Venus fly traps, Pinguicula and Sarracenia in my greenhouse. Plus some other stuff! The greenhouse. When you say temperate do you mean frost free, or local ambient? My greenhouse is also 6 x 8. I have 3 large water butts. I think they're 210 litres each. Last year's drought panicked me. I was buying RO water from my local aquarium shop to keep the plants going. I only had one rainwater butt last year! So, which of the huge variety of carnivorous plants appeals to you? Guy
  6. Might even have some S. minor in its history. Whatever it is, it looks like it would benefit from splitting and repotting! Guy
  7. Are you sure it's a VFT? Where did you get it from? Guy
  8. Sorry you're disappointed with the order. It would be interesting to know who you bought them from. It's a bit difficult to see, but it looks as though you have several of each of the types in those pots. Did they arrive potted or bare rooted? Potted, probably, as they are pygmy Drosera. The trouble with pygmy drosera is that they are so small. A lot are needed in a pot to make a good display. The first thing to do is to re-read the description on the seller's site. If the size and number of the plants you've received matches the description, fine. If not, then a gentle email to the seller pointing this out is perfectly in order. As to the delay, it's worth checking whether the seller was on holiday. It's usual for sellers to put this on their web site with the dates they are away. Best of luck with this. You do have some nice plants there, though! They may well fill the pots as time goes by. These plants will produce gemmae which you can spread around the pot to germinate. Guy
  9. Thanks all. Very much appreciated. Seems like cacti are hardier than they first seem! Off down to the garden centre in the next few days to pick a few up. Thanks again. Guy
  10. My new(ish) greenhouse has some space for a few cacti. The greenhouse is frost free, with a heater keeping the temperature to above 4°C in the winter. The cacti in my local gardening centre all say 'keep above 10°C', when they say anything! What can you suggest, please? Thanks. Guy
  11. When I had an outbreak of greenfly a short while ago I just sprayed everything with Provado in situ. Didn't take anything out of the greenhouse. The Provado is in a hand held spray bottle and it only took a few minutes to blast everything. The greenfly disappeared and haven't returned. Guy
  12. Thanks Dave The plants are outside, so perhaps some helpful insect will have pollinated them. If so, then there may be some interesting crosses! I'll wait until Autumn and see if anything happens. Guy
  13. A couple of years ago I planted some CPs in a raised two tier thingy outside. Since getting a plastic greenhouse, then a proper glass one, the poor things have been ignored apart from watering. As you can see from the photo, though, they have produced loads of flowers this year. What's the best way to collect any seeds, please? Guy
  14. If it gets really hot and sunny where you are then it would be a good idea to use some greenhouse shading. There's lots available on the internet. My greenhouse has 3mm toughened glass. I think it looks better than polycarbonate. And if it breaks it goes into tiny bits, so isn't dangerous. Hope this helps. Guy
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    Drosera roots

    Thanks again. I'll move it into something larger later today. Guy