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  • Birthday 03/28/1948

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  1. Looks very good and some really nice plants there. How long do you give it before you fill the place up ? 1 year, 6 months? Or less? Rob
  2. You can buy a TDS Meter (Total Dissolved Solids) from Amazon for less than £10. Do a search on TDS Meter for a selection. Always good to have for testing your water and rainwater should be anything from about 8 - 15 ppm if not contaminated. Water less than 50 ppm is usually fine for carnivorous plants. Kind regards, Rob
  3. Now that one I like . It is good to have some tall growing tuberous Drosera at this time of year Also the regular Drosera above. Kind regards, Rob
  4. Bernado, The original post by cgarry with photos appears to have been made in 2006. The photos must have either been removed or lost from their original location, thus we cannot see them any more. Kind regards, Rob
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    Tuberous Drosera

    They are nice, thanks. Kind regards, Rob
  6. If you use pond liner or thick polythene, make sure it comes well up the inside of the planter. Then you have a sealed reservoir many centimetres deep which will be deep enough to hold a large enough quantity of water for the Sarracenias. Alternatively, make sure the planter is always standing in a water tray as you would do for a regular carnivorous plant pot. Kind regards, Rob
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    Pygmy Drosera

    How long do these plants normally survive? I grew a range of pygmy drosera for the first time last year from gemmae including D. scorpioides, enodis, gibsonii, macrantha, pulchella, roseana, sargentii, sewelliae, stelliflora and others. Most grew well during the summer and have produced gemmae which I have now replanted. My question relates to the 'adult' plants which produced the gemmae. Will they regrow this year or will they die and just the gemmae grow? I ask this because some of the plants still look very healthy and I feel sure will regrow in the spring - particularly the larger plants like scorpioides. Other plants like roseana seems to have a mix of plants, some of which still look healthy but also has other plants which look dead. Then there are some species especially gibsonii and sewelliae where all the plants look dead to me ie they are brown and look lifeless although they did produce a few gemmae. So should I expect last years pygmy drosera plants to regrow or only expect the saved gemmae to grow this year? Thanks, Rob
  8. So Guy, it would seem that if you want to continue using your Inkbird thermostat for more precise temperature control, you need a separate ordinary fan - or another fan/heater like you have already but plugged directly into the mains and set to fan only - to keep the air moving. Kind regards, Rob
  9. Hi Guy Maybe you have a slightly different model but the Amazon description from Dunc's link does state "Features continual fan operation to aid greenhouse airing, frost prevention and extending the life of the heating element." Also, in answer to a question about the fan/heater, an Amazon user states "The fan stays on all the time but, the heating element turn off & on and keeps a stable temp." So maybe you have a slightly different or older model as Dunc states they are sold under a number of different names. Kind regards, Rob
  10. Hi Edmund Leave the still green pitchers on the Sarracenias and the VFTs as long as you can but cut off anything that is brown or black. The green pitchers or phyllodia are still providing nourishment to the plant as a whole. If you cut these off you are depriving the plant of some nourishment and it may then be smaller next year. Here is a recent short youtube video from Matt Soper of Hampshire Carnivorous Plants showing how and why to trim your plants: Cutting Back Sarracenia for Winter. Kind regards, Rob
  11. This year I have tried growing Pygmy Drosera with varying degrees of success. I have some Pygmy Drosera that have done very well from gemmae. D. stelliflora, roseana and ericksoniana x pulchella as well as others are all looking very healthy. Unfortunately, this is not the case with all my Pygmy Drosera. From the pictures below can someone tell me what is likely wrong with these plants or is it natural they should go brown at this time of year? Specifically many of the D. callistos Brookton plants have gone brown and appear dead although a few are still alive but do not seem to be producing any gemmae. D. gibsonii has grown well over the summer but now all the stems are going brown and again do not seem to be producing gemmae. I should be grateful for some input on the problems shown below. Compost is an equal mix of peat, perlite, bark chips and silica sand and the pots have been standing in rainwater all summer. Rob
  12. Just a thought. Try putting the plant and pot in a plastic bag to keep the humidity high for a couple of weeks or so and make sure it stands in about a half inch of rainwater at all times. However, remove the bag before 2 weeks are up if you see any sign of mould developing inside. D. capensis will naturally die back in the winter especially when cold, so has yours been exposed to cold conditions after repotting? Do not give up on it even if it loses all its leaves as after a winter cold spell, it will usually regrow from the base of the the plant or the roots so long as it has not been kept over wet while it has effectively been hibernating. Kind regards, Rob
  13. Really nice leuco, getting better all the time Kind regards, Rob
  14. Wow! What excellent plants Lucien . You say you grow these outdoors so can you describe the growing conditions more precisely, for example sun or shade, open environment or some cover from the elements, etc? Your compost certainly looks quite damp too. I have some Cephs outside too, they are on a patio under cover from all the elements and primarily in shade from the sun most of the time but they do not look anything like as healthy as yours and I am in the south of France. I lost a couple over the summer from getting too much sun I think as the leaves suddenly turned brown for no real reason that I could see. My plants are usually in a couple of centimetres of water at most and I let that just dry out before refilling the tray. Any help you can give regarding outside cultivation would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Rob