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  1. 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
  2. Some really nice plants there and well grown too Rob
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    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
  4. Clearly Maurizio, you have a magic touch Rob
  5. 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
  6. It's beautiful! I just love that colour. Kind regards, Rob
  7. 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
  8. You have some really nice and big Sarracenia there, some with beautiful colouration and veining Kind regards, Rob
  9. 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
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    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
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    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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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    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
  16. 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
  17. I would try to fill that gap if you can. Can you not pour the old compost you have around the edge of the pot to fill the gap or push some peat into the gap? If it is too damp or wet to do this, mix some dry silicate sand with it to make it lighter and "pourable". I don't see any reason why you cannot use your old compost for this so long as it doesn't look mouldy or smell bad. Since you won't have had any fertiliser in it, the compost cannot go off as maybe regular potting compost may do. But do try to fill that gap with something even if it is just plain dry peat and/or sand which will soon moisten up once in place. Rob
  18. I am 'red' with envy. Beautiful Rob
  19. Refresh your browser page or do a force refresh, usually done by holding Ctrl and clicking the reload button, often F5. Alternatively, try another browser. Rob
  20. If you are at all concerned about the water quality, buy a TDS meter from Amazon. They cost less than £10 and will give you peace of mind. Moss should not be a problem. The only concern may be if you live in an industrial area where the rainwater may pick up contaminants in the atmosphere. Otherwise you should be fine. Rob
  21. That's a lot of flies and midges for this time of year ! Oh, and by the way, very nice flower, nicely grown Rob
  22. Love those dark red clones , really super colouration Rob
  23. Thanks, those articles are really useful Rob
  24. It has been cold so they may not have started full germination yet. If that is so, lucky you, and they should still germinate, or at least some of them should still germinate. Otherwise they will have dried out and are dead. Just keep them moist for a month or so and see if anything comes up. If nothing has appeared in say 6 - 8 weeks, then you have lost them. I'll wager something will come up for you, though perhaps not all the seeds. Keep them moist and at least wait until we get some warmer weather to promote germination before deciding to discard the trays. Rob