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  1. Really nice leuco, getting better all the time Kind regards, Rob
  2. 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
  3. I am sorry I cannot really help with those bugs Steve, but I am sure another member will comment. If the little white bugs jump, they could be springtails, but it is very difficult to see and I will let another member add their comments. I don't think they are a problem but it you are worried, wash all the soil off the plant, wash the plant and repot into fresh compost. It should not be too late to do this and do not try to make the plant go dormant early, it is unlikely to do any good. Kind regards, Rob
  4. The bugs are probably harmless but please post a close up picture if possible so they can be identified. Rob
  5. I had a similar experience earlier this year to the thread originator with a large Cephalotus in an 11cm square pot. The plant yellowed, then went brown and died just like the plants in the photos above. It has not recovered from the roots unfortunately. It had rainwater, good compost not too wet and not dry, and I can only think it may have had too much sun or became too hot during the summer although it was in partial but not full shade. Strangely enough, some young Cephs in 7 or 8cm pots that I had bought in the spring this year have all survived without problems and were fairly close to the plant which died but they were entirely in shade or had evening sun when it is much weaker. It does seem Cephs can be a bit tricky to get the conditions just right for them, so I too am interested in any suggestions for the best way to grow them to stop them rotting mid season. Rob
  6. Why not PM him here? He goes by the name Tricky Utrici and has been selling VFTs recently, very nice ones too I might add! VFT Sale Kind rgards, Rob
  7. Mike also has his own list of plants. You will often see his initials "MK" on many Sarracenias both from commercial nurseries and private individuals as his plants are very popular worldwide. This is the latest list I know of - [url= Plant Price List 2017.pdf] Mike King's 2017 List [/url]. Note these are NOT his Open Day Dates for 2019. I was there in June this year for his Open Day and asked for a more up-to-date list and Mike said he was working on it! Hopefully in time for his October Open Day this year on 19 October 2019. Kind regards, Rob Hmmm. Not quite sure why that html is not displaying correctly but you can still click the link to see his list.
  8. Anything you see with an "MK" label is one of Mike King's - of Shropshire Sarracenias - original plants and the "L1" in your example is Mike's own internal label for the plant. Mike is located in Shropshire and is primarily a private collector and holds the UK NCCPG National collection Sarracenia plants. He usually holds 2 open days in June and October where he is open to anyone who wants to see his collection and maybe buy a few plants. Well worth a visit as he has a very large collection of Sarracenias. The "SL05" in your example is the current owner's collection number for the plant - as you say Sarracenia leucophylla number 5 - and will vary from one person to another depending how they wish to number their own personal collection. Kind regards, Rob
  9. That compost does not look very wet or damp so I think it may be too dry and I would suggest the pot is far too big for a little seedling unless you have sown multiple VFT seeds in the pot. How deep is the pot and is it standing in rainwater? You could try adding water to the compost from the top of the pot or spray the plant daily with water. It is still very young and fragile at this stage. Another option would be to put the pot in a polythene bag for a few days or a week or two to keep the moisture in, but check it daily and change the air to make sure the plant does not suffer from fungus or rot. Also, keep it out of strong sunlight until it has recovered. Kind regards, Rob
  10. Some really nice plants there and well grown too Rob
  11. RobH


    The pictures are there and visible and they look a really healthy and varied selection of VFTs . Try a different browser or flush your cache if you cannot see them. Rob
  12. Clearly Maurizio, you have a magic touch Rob
  13. Well, that was filled very quickly . Some really nice looking plants there. If 95% of them need repotting and dividing, you'll need a sizeable extension already! Kind regards, Rob
  14. It's beautiful! I just love that colour. Kind regards, Rob
  15. It looks to me as if something is damaging your plant from the top. If it is in the sun, could it have become scorched? - even in the north of England! Maybe try putting it somewhere shadier. If this problem is unique to one plant, I see from the latest picture you have a couple of other plants next to it one of which looks like a Sarracenia, then maybe it could be something in the sap uptake damaging the delicate tips of the pitchers. My suggestion, and I think your only hope of saving the plant is to try repotting it straight away into a compost you know has absolutely no nutrients or contaminants in it. When repotting, clean off all the old compost and soak the roots in clean water for an hour or so to make sure there there are no pests hiding in that area or the rhizome. Good luck! Rob
  16. You have some really nice and big Sarracenia there, some with beautiful colouration and veining Kind regards, Rob
  17. Gentlemen, sorry to interrupt your very interesting discussion. Just a thought however. This is an 'open' public forum, you don't need to be a member of CPUK or anything else to access information on here. May I respectfully suggest any sharing of locations of rare CPs is done by private messaging rather than an open post. None of us want to see natural CP habitats destroyed by unscrupulous individuals accessing information available on this forum. Not suggesting for one moment any of the participants in this thread would contemplate such a thing, but I would suggest we do need to be very careful about inadvertently openly disclosing such location information. Kind regards, Rob
  18. RobH

    Deep purpr flower

    Looking very nice and what a lovely blue colour! What is the difference between the original deep blue flowered plant and the secondary much paler blue flowered plant? Just a different clone? Kind regards, Rob
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    Seed sowing newbie

    D. aliciae does not need stratification so go ahead and sow now. I really don't think you need to put the Sarracenia seeds in the fridge now as it means they will have a very short growing season when you eventually sow them and that will not be very good for them as they will likely be small going in to the winter months. If you want to hedge your bets and be extra safe, consider splitting the seeds into two portions, sow them both now in separate pots, put one of the pots in normal growing conditions and put the other pot in the fridge for a few weeks first. Good luck! Rob
  20. RobH

    Seed sowing newbie

    Sarracenia seeds normally need stratification. They were presumably harvested last autumn so have probably had some form of cold conditions over the winter months which hopefully will be sufficient. Drosera seeds do not normally need stratification, but to be sure what species/variety are they? I would suggest sowing both types of seed now, it is certainly not too late but do not leave it any longer. Be prepared for them to take 4 -8 weeks to germinate although it could be quicker. Rob
  21. I like the dendrobium in the background ! Seriously, that is a nice looking darlingtonia. Hope my seeds from you will be as good as this little plant. Rob
  22. Hi Ian Just enter Osmocote into "Garden and Outdoors" search and you can buy Amazon's Choice of Osmocote for £5.90 - Osmocote Contolled Release Plant Food 750g by Greenfingers Kind regards, Rob
  23. RobH

    Flasks of Pings

    You may like to try member miso here on this forum. His website is . He sells lots of Pings and maybe he will sell you some seed or flasks. I suggest you PM him to ask. Rob
  24. No, that soil will be fine, it is almost new! Many people mix up a large batch of compost for their plants, put the mix in a bin of some kind or bag and then use from it throughout the season and it can last many months without problems even when it is kept damp. So go ahead and use your compost, you should not have any problems. Rob