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  1. You can buy ready mixed compost online from www.littleshopofhorrors.co.uk or www.hccarnivorousplants.co.uk
  2. Remember the plants will need some form of air flow to help prevents botritis
  3. It looks like starmoss, just keep watering your plant and it'll thrive. Does tend to compete with seedlings though
  4. What did you find out to get rid of them?
  5. Nice healthy looking plant. Are they grown completely in sphagnum moss or is that just a top dressing?
  6. Ants love feeding from the sugary fluid greenflies produce so have a close look for them. As has been said it may be worthwhile giving it a spray with bug clear
  7. And they are still growing strong or they are now spring has arrived as i put them in an unheated porch over Autumn and Winter. Obviously i potted them into compost when they were big enough last year, they have been back in the house only 2 weeks and are growing fast. I even cut one back as it was getting too leggy and just stuck the stem into the compost around 4 weeks ago after i had pulled all the dead leaves off and it hasn't slowed it down from growing.
  8. I have had a couple of the tips of the ionatha go Brown from where it has been too hot for them and the sun has caught them whilst I have been at work and forgotten to move them before I set off. Try moving them to a different location and see if that helps. Have you just misted them before the pic was taken? Some of the tillys can put up with more direct sun than the others
  9. Is your sphagnum moss the dried stuff or living sphagnum moss?
  10. pirks

    watering orchids

    Stick them under running water from the tap (46 tds) until the roots turn green again, let them drain then place back on a west facing window. Feed every 2 or 3 weeks
  11. pirks

    Dead Darlingtonia

    The sarracenia in the top right of the picture doesn't look to good either with the tips of the pitchers very brown. I keep my cobra lily on a south facing windowsill in the house potted in pure sphagnum moss but do move it when the temp is forecast to rise above 25 Celsius and not had any problems yet (touches wood)
  12. pirks

    VFT weirdness!

    Just stand on the damn ants (have a lot of trouble with the buggers getting in the house here.) They are tough little things, Fed one to my sundew and the leaf developed a black section in the middle of the leaf a couple of days later. The sundew was a healthy specimen and there was nothing on the leaf before being fed the ant. Could be a coincidence but there was no mark on the leaf before and wasn't an old leaf either. The ant got away from the plant but not me.
  13. Good idea and looks well built. A portable greenhouse Just to mention with regard to Westland, their cactus compost is also of poor quality. More junk mix now (very politely put) but years ago cactus compost used to be a soil based compost with lots of added grit and of a good quality. Now it's more recycled peat with added rubbish thrown in. Will never buy any Westland products ever again. Hope you didn't lose too many plants due to westlands lies of being a peat compost.