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  1. I am not sure if this is the right place to mention this, but i saw this eBay listing for a greenhouse and a collection of Cps: I would love it myself but do not have space or live near Wales.
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    Crossing Sarracenia questions

    Thanks. At the moment I am not organised enough to be thinking far enough ahead for F2 crosses, I think I will stick to ancho x ancho for now (assuming flowering coincides). Interesting about flava colouration. I guess the best thing is to try it an see what happens.
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    Crossing Sarracenia questions

    Last year I had an experiment at cross pollenating Sarracenia (leucophylla-based hybrid x purourea and leucophylla-based hybrid x complex hybrid) as an experiment and although the latter cross only gave me a tiny number of seeds, I have a 90% germination rate of both crosses so am feeling pretty pleased. There are buds forming on a variety of forms and I would like to have a proper go at crossing but have a few questions to help choosing what to do: I assume anthocyanin absence is a double recessive gene and so there is no point crossing an AF plant with one that is not AF if I want any AF offspring. Is this correct? There are a number of rubra group /alata X purpurea group hybrids for sale that are larger and fatter than either parent. Is this normal for a cross of this type, or are these large forms exceptional and unusual? If I crossed 2 different colour forms of S. flava (e.g. ornata x rubricopora) would the offspring be one colour form or the other (i.e. colour genetics simple) or would they be intermediate? I have read that self pollination does not work very well and gives a low viability. Is this true? Thanks
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    N. madagascarensis as a windowsill plant

    Thanks for that.I would like to give them a go. I am wondering if it is the northern (rainforest) populations that are in circulation; when I saw them in the wild it was Spring (Sept) and nights were well below 20 and it was not at all humid with strong sea breezes..
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    Flower bud appearing early for me

    It's been hitting 20 degree in my greenhouse this week, even with the door open, and a couple pf Sarracenia have buds, with many others having the growing tip swelling and ready to release buds or pitchers, meanwhile many still have perfect pitchers on them from last year. Several Drosera are breaking dormancy as well. Planted up a mini-bog at the weekend- I wanted to wait till I have trimmed off the old pitchers but clearly new growth is coming before the old has fully died.
  6. I have a soft spot for N. madagascarensis, as it is the only pitcherplant I have seen in the wild (I did some work in Madagascar 20 years ago) and would like to know if it would be realistic to grow it as a windowsill plant without terraria etc. alongside highland Nepenthes that seem to do OK. Firstly it seems to be difficult to obtain in the UK. Also reading online there seems to be a lot of disagreement about it. I have seen it said to need lowland conditions, low light and be difficult, others that it grows in highland conditions, in full light and is easy. Where I saw it, in the south of the island, it was growing on a partly flooded sandy savannah (more what I would imagine to be 'classic' Sarracenia environment) with no shade and, although in the tropics, it was decidedly chilly at night due to cool sea breezes (altitude of about 1 metre above sea level). Apparently it also grows further north in proper rainforest conditions. Could the contradictions about growing it be due to some plants being from the hot, shaded north and others from the cooler, sunny south? Does anyone have experience of this species in the conditions that would be met as a houseplant?
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    Dried Lowii and Edwardsiana cups.

    They are amazing; I didn't even know you could do that.
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    Sarracenia - outdoor cultivation in Denmark.

    Those are really impressive plants. As for why would a species that evolved in a subtropical climate should be able to survive this level of cold is another story..
  9. Thanks a lot, that is really helpfull
  10. I thought tracking them down would be pretty much impossible.
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    Buying bare rooted plants during dormancy

    In my very limited experience, the advantages of buying now are: You scratch that itch, you get to see the first pitchers forming, nurseries will have plants ready to go so no waiting and waiting a few weeks: It is a bit warmer and you do not get quite so cold playing with wet compost, any danger of plants getting fungal disease is over, and a lot of people are dividing their plants, so there is a bigger range of material for sale here and on online auctions
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    When to buy plants

    As someone who decided this time last year that I wanted to get a few CPs for the (unheated) greenhouse (I intended to get maybe half a dozen plants, I now have 60 a year later!) I know the problem. If you buy from a proper grower (nursery or seller here), flytraps, Sarracenia and any temperate sundews will be dormant and you will be staring at an active and boring plant for the next 2 months before they burst into life. Some garden centres may have some of these that look nice and growing. Avoid them; these have not been allowed to go dormant and the stress of putting them into a 'normal' season may kill them or stunt them. Other sundews (like the Cape or Alice sundew) will be growing, albeit slowly, as will Nepenthes. With Nepenthes especially, I would not trust the postal system to be uniformly warm this time of year, and a night in a warehouse at -2 will kill them. If you want to save a bit of money, you can buy ready made compost suitable for the Sarracenia'VFT/sundews and buy the plants bare rooted and pot them yourself. Look on here and online auctions and you can get dormant Sarracenia at great prices (but check they are adult plants and not seedlings). You can do that now or wait till March-April.
  13. I am a sucker for the 'half price half dead' section at the garden centre and have acquired a couple of quite nice Sarracenia from that section of my local Homebase (including a huge one reduced from £35 to £2.50- one grow point was rescuable but that is doing well). The problem is putting names to them. Does anyone know which wholesalers tend to supply cheap bulk CPs in this country so I can check the ID? Many seem to be from Carniflora, the bright plastic label with a fly on it being a give away, and the plants match well to the website. Others do not match, including a couple of S. leucophylla based forms that are clearly not true species. These seem to match varieties on the Araflora website (S. x leucophylla "Big Daddy". S. x leucophylla "Royal Redwhite" (the latter is the giant one I rescued; both have a curious 'pinched' lid like that of S. catesbaei which I assume in in their ancestry) as well as what looks like Dionaea "jumbo"). Is Araflora (or a supplier linked to them) a likely source? I know if I bought only from reputable sources i would not have this problem, and most of my collection is from proper growers, but I am a cheapskate and can't resist it.
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    Garden gate ' illusion ' mirror

    Very clever idea. But I can see myself walking into it.
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    Has anyone else got tropical ants?

    They may be pharaoh ants; these are tiny (2mm) and yellowish brown. They can be a major pest in some indoor sites such as hospitals.