Guy

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  1. Lovely! How are you keeping it? Temperature, light etc. Guy
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    Gemmae

    The pygmy sundews in the greenhouse are all forming tiny gemmae. And I mean tiny!! Can they be left to do their own thing, or will the gemmae need removing and planting? Thanks. Guy
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    Spots on Sarracenia

    Interesting thought. And you're right. The pitchers which had red tops had no Thrip damage on the red bits at all. Just the green bits. Hadn't thought about that until you pointed it out. Guy
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    Spots on Sarracenia

    Thanks Greg, you are absolutely right. Thrips. The link you gave shows exactly the same damage as on my plants. I went out to the dustbin where I'd put the leaves I'd cut off and very quickly found a couple of Thrips wandering about. Perhaps putting the leaves in a completely dark place encouraged them to come out. As soon as the light hit them they whizzed off and, to my eyes, just disappeared! The plants have been sprayed with Provado now. Hopefully that'll stop it getting any worse. Will I need to spray again? Interesting they don't attack other species and, clearly, no
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    Spots on Sarracenia

    In that case I'll also spray with Provado. I couldn't see any Thrips when I cut the leaves off, but a bug spray will give double protection. None of the other plants; VFTs, Drosera, Pinguicula, Cephalotus, or the S.purpurea, S, psitticina have been affected. Do Thrips usually affect these plants? Guy
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    Spots on Sarracenia

    Job done, but what a massacre! Loads of leaves to cut off and most of the Sarracenia are looking really sad. The S.purpurea showed absolutely no sign of the problem, but others; S.tygo, S.minor (1 pot only), S.purple haze and an unnamed pot have disappeared completely. I just hope whatever is below the surface is strong enough to grow back. Doubt it somehow. Some ferns had taken up residence in the pots, they were all affected as well. Plus there were several empty snail shells. Any of these bits of information suggest what the problem is? Guy
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    Spots on Sarracenia

    Finally got round to having a close look at the affected pitchers. There is no sign of Thrips and even the worst affected pitchers are still green on the inside. This is only affecting the Sarracenia, everything else is OK and now I've turned the fan back on, it's stopped spreading. Suggests to me it's a fungal infection. Would it be best to cut off all the infected pitchers , or should I leave things as they are now the infection has stopped spreading? Guy
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    Spots on Sarracenia

    Thanks for the replies. So, it might be thrips or a fungus. I'll cut off one of the affected leaves and have a good look for thrips. Guy
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    Spots on Sarracenia

    Thanks. The outside plants are not showing any signs of these black spots. Until about a month ago I had a fan going in the greenhouse 24 hours a day. When the weather warmed up I left the door open all the time, with the two roof windows opening and closing automatically. I thought that would give enough air circulation, but perhaps not. So I've turned the fan back on now. What should I do about the infected plants? Just leave them, or cut the pitchers off. Hopefully I won't have to throw them all away, there's quite a lot there! Guy
  10. My Sarracenia are all developing black spots. They've got considerably worse in the last week or so. Looking through here it seems thrips are most usually suggested as the reason. If so, then I'm happy to spray with Provado. But what else could it be, please? Thanks. Guy
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    Deep VFTs

    Decided to repot all the VFTs. Goodness me--there's now dozens of them in pots! Hadn't realised they'd produced so many offspring. Seemed a shame to throw all the little ones away. What do most people do with these babies? Guy
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    Deep VFTs

    Thanks. There are about 10 of my VFTs which have become covered by moss over winter. The rest are OK. I'll get those 10 repotted and hopefully all will be well with them. Guy
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    Deep VFTs

    Over winter the moss on lots of the VFTs has grown really well! This means the VFTs are now a couple of centimetres below the surface. They are all waking up and beginning to put new traps out. Should I repot them so they are nearer the surface, or will they be OK? Thanks. Guy
  14. Thanks for all the help and advice. My heater must be a really old model, even though it was only bought last year. The thermostat controls both the fan and the heating elements. So, no continuous operation for the fan. However, a bit of fiddling with the wires in the unit and the fan now runs continuously, plugged into a separate supply, and the heating elements are still controlled by the Inkbird. The fan seems fairly weak, but I'm hoping some small air movement is better than none. Guy
  15. Hi Rob Very useful reply, and I think you're right! Mine is exactly that model, but it's controlled with an Inkbird thermostat. This gives very accurate temperature control and a nice digital read out. But, of course, only supplies power to the unit when the Inkbird comes on. Tomorrow, when it's light, I'll plug the heater straight into the mains and see what happens. Thanks. Guy
  16. Thanks Dunc That's exactly the heater already sitting in my greenhouse! It's great for keeping it frost free, but the fan in it only comes on when the heater is on. What I'm looking for is something with a fan on all the time and the heating elements coming on as necessary. Perhaps the simplest answer is to get an ordinary fan to continuously circulate the air and leave the current heater to keep the greenhouse frost free. Guy
  17. Afternoon all. My new greenhouse has served me well during the summer. The number of plants in it has increased hugely and, despite thinking differently when I started this hobby, there are now about 100 CPs, plus some cacti and succulents. You said it would happen, and you were right! Today, though, I've discovered a nasty attack of Botrytis on several of the plants. I haven't allowed the plants to dry out, humidity has been at >95% and the temperature has been all over the place. Down to 5°C, up to 22°C. Perfect for Botrytis I've now discovered. Stupid me. Didn't think th
  18. 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 hel
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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 carnivorou
  23. Might even have some S. minor in its history. Whatever it is, it looks like it would benefit from splitting and repotting! Guy
  24. Are you sure it's a VFT? Where did you get it from? Guy