Guy

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  1. Thanks Zlotka The link was incredibly helpful for two reasons. Firstly because the ICPS is new to me but, looking around the site, it has loads of good information. This tells you how new I am to keeping CPs! Secondly because it gives me the beginning of an understanding about plant names. But help me a bit more, please. As I understand your link, this is about registering a name with the ICPS. Which is, of course, how it should be done. But what's to stop someone choosing a name without registering it with the ICPS? Looking at the various sites selling CPs I haven't yet found anywhere giving an ICPS registration number. So how do I, as a beginner, know the plant is true? Guy
  2. You'll all laugh at this, but I've just seen how new pitchers are created. This is all new to me, so incredibly interesting and exciting. A flat leaf starts to create an enclosed open cylinder at one vertical edge. A hood begins to appear. Then, presumably, the new pitcher opens at the top. This hasn't happened with mine yet, but will soon, no doubt. You all know this, but I've never seen it before. Guy
  3. Very newbie query here. We grow CPs in stuff with no nutrients. Even some in only sphagnum moss. So where do the plants get their nutrients from if they don't capture any insects? For example, when seeds are germinating and the plants have no way of getting insect nutrient. Guy
  4. Thanks both Very interested in how these plants get their names. My very limited (for the time being!) collection of Sarracenia includes S. Norman Parker and S. Dixie lace. Who decided they would be called this? Why can't I call the one in the photo S.caper? Then split it and sell it on as a named variety. Don't wish to cause any offence by this post. But as a beginner I have absolutely no idea where these names come from. Guy
  5. Without wishing to hijack this thread, my TDS meter arrived yesterday. Here's some interesting readings. De ionised water 3ppm Reverse osmosis water 13ppm 'Brita' filtered water 230ppm Water softener water 260ppm Hard water 265ppm The company which supplied and fitted the water softener tell me the reading is due to the removal of calcium and magnesium from the hard water, replacing them with sodium bicarbonate. Hence the TDS in hard and artificially softened water are about the same. The treated water certainly feels soft compared to untreated water and tests as soft with the test kit left with the softener. For the CPs, though, I'll stay with RO water until I can get a rainwater collection system up and running. Guy Ps Bought yet another CP today. This time from a Haskins garden centre near me. They have loads. Must stop doing this!!
  6. Hi all The experienced amongst you must get sick of this question so, apologies. This Sarracenia came from my local Homebase. £4.99. The compost was dry and it looked sad, so it had to be rescued. What is it please? Thanks. Guy
  7. Thanks for the advice. Seeds for D. californica, D. anglica, D. intermedia, P. grandiflora, P. vulgaris and S. purpurea ssp purpurea now ordered. Together with the seed germination guide. I'm sure people on the forum can give me excellent advice on seed germination, but it'll be good to have some printed stuff as well. This is all getting a bit out of hand! Today I bought another VFT and another Sarracenia from Homebase. A few short weeks ago I had one very sad little VFT which had just about made it through the winter. Now I have 11 plants. A tiny number compared to the dozens (or even hundreds) kept by most people, but we all have to start somewhere! Guy
  8. With luck my plants should be OK outside, perhaps going in a shed if the weather gets really bad. I'm only just starting at this, so not sure about anything yet! You say you keep yours in trays, Ian. I'll be doing the same as I don't want to put up a greenhouse. Any chance of a picture so I can see what you mean? Guy
  9. Darlingtonia are cold hardy? Really? I love them already. Guy
  10. My Carnivorous Plant Society membership stuff has arrived-yippee!! It seems I am allowed four packets of seeds as part of being a member. Very generous and very much appreciated-thanks CPS. Is this the right time to plant seeds? And what should I get, please. As a very new beginner it would be good to choose seeds which are almost guaranteed to germinate and grow on. My plants (all nine of them!) are kept outside, there's no greenhouse. So the seeds will need to be from outside plants. Thanks Guy
  11. Guy

    Oh dear!

    Thanks all I have a photobucket account so I'll try it that way. Guy
  12. Wonderful--my new member's pack arrived today. Thanks. Guy
  13. Is there a guide somewhere on the forum about posting photos, please? The limit seems to be a miniscule 380kb. Should I get them into something like photobucket and then transfer them as a URL? All advice appreciated. Thanks. Guy
  14. Great stuff--looking forward to my email from Linda! Guy
  15. Thanks for raising this. I paid through Paypal, albeit only a couple of days ago. But I've had nothing either, no acknowledgement of payment even. Usually there's an automated email response to any payment to anywhere these days. I was beginning to wonder of the payment had got lost in the ether somehow!! Guy
  16. Guy

    Oh dear!

    Sorry--too clever for me! I've managed to get a photo in my new album in the gallery, but can't get any further. Is there an easy step by step guide anywhere on the forum showing how to post photos? Guy
  17. From the album: Guy

    Bought 22/04/Homebase Christchurch
  18. Guy

    Oh dear!

    Earlier today I went to Homebase to pick up a few bits. Then this poor little thing caught my attention. It was in compost which was almost completely dry. For £4.99 I had to have it. It's now in a tray of RO water and the compost is looking a lot better. It came from here http://www.lammehave.dk/?lang=en No, sorry, no picture. Seems I can only put one in up to 380kb. No optimiser I've found can bring the photo from my 'phone down to below 621kb from the original 1.4mb. If anyone can tell me what to do I'd be grateful. Yesterday I managed to post a picture because the limit was 1mb--I think! Guy
  19. Thanks all. My local aquarium shop sells RO water at 17p/litre. I'll use that for the time being and look into getting a diverter and rainwater barrel. I've just bought a TDS meter off ebay. Should be here in a few days so I'll be able to test the RO water. Fingers crossed it's OK. Guy
  20. As a very new entrant to keeping carnivorous plants I'm confused about water. I don't have easy access to rainwater. Although I could put a diverter in one of my downpipes and buy a barrel, I suppose. Apart from rainwater, an internet search has variously told me that distilled water is good, and it's terrible. Reverse osmosis water is perfect, or it's hopeless. Softened water is brilliant, or it should never be used. Ahh, such is the beauty of the internet. Like Newton said, for every opinion there is an equal and opposite opinion. RO, distilled or softened water are easy enough for me to get. We've had a softener fitted today, purely coincidentally. What should I do? Apologies if this is a super stupid newbie question, but putting 'water' into the search box in the forum yielded nothing, to my surprise. Having just received my first few plants from Little Shop of Horrors today there's a huge likelihood that several other embarrassing beginner type queries might follow. Guy
  21. Guy

    Old newbie here!

    Thanks again. Why does the sarracinea on the right (Norman Parker) have a flower stalk but not much else, but the one on the left (Dixie Lace) has loads of leaves but no flower? Guy
  22. Guy

    Old newbie here!

    Thanks. I have a feeling this may be the beginning of something big! Guy
  23. Guy

    Old newbie here!

    Here they are! Oops--no they aren't! Apparently I can only post photos up to 1mb. This one's 1.4mb and I've no idea how to reduce the size, sorry. Hang on, just found an image optimiser. Let's hope it's worked. Is 1mb the permanent limit, or will it increase as I post more? Guy
  24. Guy

    Old newbie here!

    Hi Thanks for the recommendations of other suppliers--I'll check them out. As to the plants coming from Little shop of Horrors, the pitchers are 'Dixie Lace' and Norman Parker'. The sundews are a three plant collection from LSH and are D. capensis. Normal, white and red forms. The venus fly traps are 'South West Giant' and 'B52'--very romantic name! Due for delivery in about 3 hours. Guy
  25. For many, many years I've bought venus fly traps from garden centres on an occasional basis. They've always been huge fun. I've always thought they were annuals, and chucked them away at the end of the year. Silly me! At the end of last year, though, Google taught me they can keep going over winter if kept nice and cool. The one I bought last year is still alive, albeit a bit stunted and twisted. So I started looking around t'internet for info on venus flytraps. Which led me to find out about other carnivorous plants. Fascinating! So, at 62 years old, I may have discovered a new interest. Tomorrow I'm expecting a delivery from 'Little Shop of Horrors'. two pitchers, two venus fly traps and three of those sticky sundew things. Apparently LSH send them out in pots, not bare roots, so I don't have to worry about planting them. Getting quite excited about this! Guy