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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  7. 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
  9. 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
  11. 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
  12. Thanks ada, but there's definitely nothing there! I spotted a snail/slug trail across one of the trays this morning, so the likelihood of predator damage seems high. How do you keep slugs and snails off seed trays? Guy
  13. Update--absolutely nothing showing in any of the trays. We're now 5 months on from sowing. I've found a few slugs and snails in the greenhouse, so it may be that the seeds started to come through and got eaten. Or they never came through at all. Should I give up with this lot, or is there still some hope? Guy
  14. Thanks both. I'll try using the cat litter but, as you've said, as part of the medium, not all of it. Guy