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  1. Thanks for the comments guys. Yes I'm really pleased with the current jamban pitcher - it's the best one it's produced yet. Buster, the plant is Tillandsia usneoides, an air plant which I've just hung from the roof. I suppose it's a 'companion plant' like orchids which many Nep greenhouses have to add interest and a bit of variety. An easy plant to grow - just cut a bit off and hang it up - no soil or roots to worry about. So long as it gets a bit of mist spray once in a while it's fine (just don't overdo the misting or it'll rot). Looks like my talangensis is thinking about flowering (sex unknown) too. Richard
  2. The Nep house is a small octagonal greenhouse (twin-cell polycarbonate) with the bubble-wrap on the outside. I used a heat-sealer to form the bubble wrap sheets into the right shape and reinforced this with Tessa tape. Yes, I keep the bubble wrap on all year - or at least until the winter storms decide to unwrap it!! An extractor fan (and auto vent) kicks in to reduce high summer temperatures, and I have a misting system in there too. Last year fitted white LED strips above the shelves to improve winter light levels - seems to work (probably more for my benefit than the plants . The heater is set to a minimum of 9*C, so in winter day-time temperatures aren't ideal (but at least it's more economical). Intermediates tend to struggle a bit, but highlanders seem to survive ok. Cheers, Richard
  3. mira lowii x truncata spathulata x glandulifera spectabilis x (lowii x ventricosa) singalana x aristolochoides & lowii x talangensis Overview talangensis upper lowii x talangensis Enjoyed seeing other peoples collections so thought it was about time I posted a few of my plants. Richard
  4. Nepenthes looking good today, so got the camera out for some quick shots. lowii x muluensis ventricosa x aristolochoides jamban aristolochoides x hamata x Exotic Lady macrophylla, mantalingajanensis, x trusmadiensis, x trusmadiensis lavicola Richard
  5. My female Nepenthes tentaculata (Murud) is in flower at the moment. I would like to pollinate it with the same species if possible, but would consider interesting highland pollen from other species too (50:50 on any resulting seeds). Richard
  6. I went for the 4 nozzle kit, but then my nep greenhouse is only a c.5ft dia. octagonal affair. Richard
  7. I had a similar dilema a few years ago and went for this: http://shop.pollywog.co.uk/product_info.php/cPath/5_27/products_id/164 It's good value for money and coupled with a plug-timer in a water proof box, works well in my Nep house. This system draws water from a water butt inside my greenhouse. The directional jets are easily fitted to a greenhouse frame and the pipework sits neatly in the aluminium channels :-) The only downside is that it's a little noisy, so I don't set the timer for unsociable hours! Cheers, Richard
  8. They live year-round in 50:50 perlite:peat in my frost-free greenhouse. Seem to be very tolerant and easy to grow.

    Richard

  9. They live year-round in 50:50 perlite:peat in my frost-free greenhouse. Seem to be very tolerant and easy to grow.

    Richard

  10. Hello Richard. I missed your recent sale of Disa but will look out for the next batch. I am very interested in growing Disa in the same substrate as Sarracenia. May I ask what Sarracenia substrate you use? I presume you lift the Disa in winter as they don't tolerate frost? Thanks for any info.

  11. Hello Richard. I missed your recent sale of Disa but will look out for the next batch. I am very interested in growing Disa in the same substrate as Sarracenia. May I ask what Sarracenia substrate you use? I presume you lift the Disa in winter as they don't tolerate frost? Thanks for any info.

  12. I ended up getting one of these from Maplins: http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=34745 Must admit I am struggling getting it to keep the signal from 30 m up the garden (but haven't given-up hope; I intend to move the receiver and base station so that they are in a direct line of site). It certainly has the max/min alarm I'm looking for. Now if I can only get the thing to work Phil, a couple of years back I lost a good number of highlanders at 5*C, and last year upgraded to a dedicated octagonal Nep house (with 9*C min). To be honest even some of my 'highlanders' (well ok truncata Pasian 'highland') struggled/died at 9*C. Mind you I don't give them optimum daytime temps in winter; they just get 9*C and whatever extra the sun can give them I've just insulated the greenhouse today. Like last year I've wrapped it externally with bubble insulation; trying x40 bulldog clips this year to hold it in place (last year the supposed waterproof clear tape didn't stand up to Welsh rain ). Cheers, Richard
  13. With Winter approaching I'm thinking of investing in a remote thermometer that'll sound an alarm if the temperature drops below 10*C. It's for my Nepenthes greenhouse which is up the top of the garden, so would need to be a wireless unit with a station in the house. I've done some research, but can't find a unit which fits the bill (or at least their online descriptions aren't that specific). Just wondering if anybody here uses such a thing and whether they have any particular recommendations? Cheers, Richard
  14. Dave, It's an octagonal greenhouse glazed in twin-wall polycarbonate. As additional insulation I've wrapped the outside with large-cell bubble insulation (sealing joins with UV-stable outdoor stickytape). It's got a meaty 2KW fan-heater in there; with a small volumn and relatively small surface area, it should be ok, so long as there isn't a power cut Cheers, Richard
  15. Treated my Neps to a new dedicated greenhouse this year (after losing several good plants to low temps last year). They seem to be enjoying their new heavily insulated house Nepenthes copelandii Nepenthes densiflora Nepenthes macrophylla Nepenthes 'maxima' Cheers, Richard