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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Welcome, you'll find lots of useful information here, and people very willing to help. Guy
  4. 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
  5. Nice one. Doubled your greenhouse size in 12 months! Is the new greenhouse running out of room yet? Guy
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  11. Or contact your local aquatic shop and ask how much they charge for RO water. Mine charges 70p for 5 litres. Less for larger quantities. Guy
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    Hi Tyke Most carnivorous plants are pretty hardy. Many will grow outside, even in our climate. They look tropical and sensitive, but often aren't. One of the basic problems people have with CPs is mollycoddling them. Many, such as Venus Fly Traps, actually need a cold rest over winter to be healthy. What are you thinking of getting? Guy
  13. Goodness, it's a video! Didn't realise until I clicked on it. Whatever they are, they don't look very happy. The Provado must be killing them. Guy
  14. I've killed a few Cephalotus in the last few years. They have all been in a tray with about 2-3cm of water. This year I'm keeping one on damp capillary matting. The compost at the top of the pot is moist, so it must be drawing water up. This is the way Hampshire Carnivorous Plants manage to successfully keep Cephalotus, so I'm hopeful. Will it work? Far too soon to tell. Guy
  15. I'd repot the small one at the level it is at the moment, and repot the larger one a bit further down in the compost than it is now. These are fairly resilient plants, and yours look healthy, so should survive whatever you do to them. Within reason! Guy
  16. Very nice looking plant, great purchase. I'd be tempted to leave it as it is until summer has finished and dormancy sets in. The plants in there look really healthy. However, you can re pot these now if you want. Gently tip the pot to release the compost and the plants growing in it. Then slowly tease apart the separate plants. It looks like you have at least 5 in there. Pot each one up in its own pot in fresh compost and stand in a tray of water. You'll find most, if not all, of the traps are triggered. Not perfect, but not fatal. The traps will reopen and the plants will survive. As to feeding, don't worry too much. Healthy plants like yours will get plenty of energy by photosynthesis. If you want to feed them then you could try catching small house flies and putting them in the traps. VFTs need the flies to be alive and moving to persuade the traps to completely close. Good luck! Guy
  17. Agreed. But there's a little one next to it which I'd take out and pot up separately. If you wanted to you could repot the larger one. It wouldn't hurt it, and you'll need to pot it into fresh medium at some point anyway. Guy
  18. Great write up and photos. Thanks. Should be very helpful to anyone else wanting to do the same sort of thing. It'll be interesting to see how well it copes with heavy rain. Guy
  19. Ordinary waste pipe fittings, I'm guessing. Easily available from ebay or any plumbers merchant. Guy
  20. Guy

    Humidity Issue

    Sounding good! A friend of mine has several Nepenthes in his greenhouse. The humidity rarely gets above 60% and they do really well. My greenhouse is currently at 29%. It goes up as the temperature drops, and my Nepenthes survive. Looks like yours should be fine. Guy
  21. Very nice. And you've got a flowering Sarracenia already. Quick work! Guy
  22. Guy

    Humidity Issue

    Nice looking plant! Complicated thing, humidity. Spraying your Nepenthes will make it wet, but won't automatically raise the humidity in the area round your meter. Which I see is at the base of the stand. Humidity is a measure of the amount of water vapour in the air, not the amount of water. What reading do you get if you put your meter in the middle of your Nepenthes both before and after spraying--Don't spray the meter!! Guy
  23. Pictures saying 'unavailable'. Good luck with the new bog garden. Guy
  24. Other plumbing bits will also be necessary. Perhaps a U bend and some ordinary waste pipe plus a right angle bend. It might also be possible to find a reducer to go onto the drain thread, then you could use wide bore silicone tubing like this, or similar. A bit of Googling should help you. Guy
  25. Welcome, Terry. And good luck with the seeds. What do you have? Guy