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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
  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 he
  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: 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.


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


  10. I ended up getting one of these from Maplins: 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 truncat
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Araneus diadematus - The garden spider. These are only spiderlings (fresh from the over-wintered egg-sac), but will grow into the big brown orb-weaver by September. Cheers, Richard
  15. My one's still looking ok. It's had an incipid yellowish look all winter, but seems to be greening up now spring's with us. However, I've been giving it pre-emptive sprays of Fungus-Fighter though the winter Richard
  16. Have you tried methylated spirits? Failing that you could always sand paper them down. Richard
  17. Hopefully the fallout won't be as bad as you fear. Your spirits will be lifted when you see the first signs of recovery Don't jack it in - photos of your specimens over the years have always been inspirational - long may they continue! Richard
  18. Yeap a really enjoyable day. Didn't take too many pics this year, too busy looking and talking :) A nice pink job in Mike's hybrid house: I always assumed Sarras and Neps weren't closely related : ------------ Richard
  19. They obviously think all carnivorous plants form a monophyletic group Don't suppose there's a scientific paper to back this 'species' up with Richard
  20. Found this site: Suggests it might just be the leaves which got nailed by the mildew hyphae, rather than the entire plant - well I'm an optimist I'm pleased it was just one of the divisions which got infected - certainly won't delay treatment if I see it again Thanks for the good pointers folks, Richard
  21. Got me thinking now... I gave it a really, really good spray, so I wonder if the wetting agent in the spay may have removed too much of the waxy cuticle; this causing the leaves to shrivel :? Thanks for the useful replies - I'll definitely be keeping the pot after what you've both said Cheers, Richard
  22. For the past few months one of my ceph plants developed dense patches of white fluffy mould on the non-carnivorous leaves. This was limited to one leaf for a long time and didn't seem to be causing the plant any problems. However when I noticed it appearing on other leaves I decided to tackle the problem. I generously sprayed this plant with 'Fungus Fighter' and am now left with an apparently dead shrivelled ceph (one month later). Adjacent control plants, of the same clone, which weren't spayed are OK. So perhaps 'Fungus Fighter' and cephs don't mix well? I'm keeping the pot in the hope th
  23. Looks similar to Wistuba's "Nepenthes sp. nov. Sumatra", presumably a close relative of that one :?: Great looking species Richard
  24. Nice mutant. Was it a glass roofed rainforest in Germany? Richard