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  1. These are essentially small living plants. No need to store them. Best to plant them now. You may find this video interesting. Guy
  2. 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
  3. Mine arrived in my inbox on Tuesday 21st September. Perhaps yours went into your junk mail folder, Paul? Guy
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Nice looking plant, GG. You've definitely given it the right conditions to revive from its stay at Home Depot. A steady drop in temperature will be better than moving between warmer and cooler areas. These are pretty hardy, so temperatures below freezing can be tolerated. Best bet is your balcony, assuming you don't have anywhere in your flat which will get cold over winter. Also, if you put it outside while the weather's still good it'll probably find more flies! The problem will be the wind. Perhaps put him in a protected corner of the balcony? Tie his pot onto something? You'll need to use your ingenuity here, as you know your balcony better than anyone else. As to the pigeon poop--do you get a lot on the balcony? Guy
  7. That's worked. Wow, there are loads of D. rotundifolia. Wonderful. Where are they? Great picture of the lizard--really dark, isn't it? Guy
  8. Pictures all say 'unavailable'. Perhaps it's just me. Guy
  9. Wow, 3.5p/litre. An amazing price! My local aquarium shop charges 14p/litre. I've just looked Spotless Water up. There's one about a mile or so from me. Definitely worth a visit. Thanks for the info, Tilkifox. Guy
  10. Or you could look into buying RO water from a local aquarium shop. Mine charges 17p/litre, many charge less. Guy
  11. Straight onto the flower beds for me. Wouldn't want to re use it. Guy
  12. My bonsai trees are on a couple of these. But there are hundreds of other sorts to look at if you search plant stands on line. Guy
  13. Or sow the seeds. If they grow, which they probably will, you can treat the Utrics which are in with your Drosera as weeds! Guy
  14. Probably damaged in transport. If they are completely broken then they will die and rot. I would cut them off. The plant looks very healthy and will grow new leaves. Guy
  15. Capillary matting is wonderful stuff! I have five trays in a row. There is capillary matting running in a continuous piece along all of them. The three middle trays are lifted up by a couple of centimetres and contain various Pings, pygmy Drosera, a Cephalotus and a Heliamphora. The outer trays contain other Drosera. The middle trays contain plants which I don't think want to be soaking in water, the outer trays have plants which are quite happy to be in water 2-3 cm deep. Don't know if I'm correct in my thinking, just going on experience and some stuff I've read. The way it works is I fill the outer trays with water and the capillary matting takes the water to the three middle trays. Because the three middle trays are elevated the two end trays can be filled with water, but the three middle trays never have more than a couple of millimetres of water in. The plant pots sit on the capillary matting and draw up as much water as they need. Seems to work really well. By which I mean, the Cephalotus and Heliamphora are both putting out new pitchers. I've kept a few of these in the tray system with 2-3cm of water and always managed to kill them. I'm much more hopeful this year, since starting to use capillary matting. Plus the Pings are looking really good, too. So I'm hopeful this new (to me) technique will yield positive results in the long term. Guy
  16. Try capensis alba and capensis 'red'. Both lovely. Or D. binata. Easy grower, but get quite large. Or D. slackii, seems pretty bullet proof to me! Guy
  17. I think it's the red gene trying to express itself in the predominantly green plants. It'd be a good idea to cut all that dead stuff away before it causes a problem. Looks like it might need a re pot as well. You could then separate out the red and the green ones. Enjoy! Guy
  18. Welcome, you'll find lots of useful information here, and people very willing to help. Guy
  19. Nice looking plants. You've got it in one. Sunlight and rain water. Actually, that's two! Both plants need to be standing in rain water about an inch or more deep. And, from the look of them, they will both need re-potting next year. Enjoy them. Guy
  20. Nice one. Doubled your greenhouse size in 12 months! Is the new greenhouse running out of room yet? Guy
  21. It might be that it's too wet. I've found my Pinguiculas grow best in very well draining substrate and standing on wet capillary matting in just a few millimetres of water. Hope this helps. Guy
  22. As you take the old compost off the plants you'll find the offshoots come apart really easily. If you want a large display then your best bet is to separate the offshoots from the mother and put them in a larger container a couple of inches apart. When they make traps next year the container will be full of them. Plus they'll have room to make even more offshoots! Guy
  23. Goodness, 16 1/2 years later! Hopefully kenmc has sorted winter dormancy out by now. And, by the way, I don't think he was saying all the plants in his list at the top of the thread were VFTs. Guy
  24. Not me! Bog Boy did the work and posted the photos! Guy
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    Slow and sure. The best way to do it. Guy