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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
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    Drosera roots

    Thanks both. Perhaps a bigger pot would be a good idea! Guy
  10. Reverse osmosis water from aquatic shops is also OK for CPs. My local shop charges 14p/litre, take your own container. Only thing is, you have to be sure their RO equipment is properly maintained. I always check the Total Dissolved Solids using one of these. The water from my local shop reads about 15-20 ppm TDS. A friend bought some from his local shop and it read 485ppm!! Their RO equipment was clearly in need of some maintenance. Definitely not good enough, and you wonder what t was doing to the fish! Guy
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    When to sow....

    Some Pinguicula, Drosera and Utricularia seeds are on their way to me from the CPS. When should I sow them, please? Guy
  12. Thanks ada. I think I'll get rid of the current lot and get some more seeds. I'll sow the pings when I get them, and leave the rest until the end of December again. Must come up with some way of keeping slugs and snails off the seed trays, though. Guy
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    Drosera roots

    AAtached are a couple of photos of D.binata var multifida. As you can see, it's got huge thick roots. Is this good, bad or absolutely normal?! Thanks. Guy
  14. Did all that, except the trays dried out for an unknown period of time between December 30th and January28th--see OP. Perhaps they'd started to germinate then were killed by drying out. Although I'd have thought germinating during early January at low temperatures would be unlikely. I'll try again. Is the end of December the best time to sow the seeds for Drosera, Pinguicula and others? Thanks. Guy