Greg Seed

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  1. Very nice. I'm pretty sure your A. nepalensis is an A. bulbifer. If you look at the top of the petiole where the leaf splits into 3, you may see a small tuber forming! I bought an A. paeoniifolius this year which turned out to be nepalensis - it's quite common with tuberous aroids to receive something other than what you ordered, unfortunately. Glad you're having fun - they're addictive!
  2. You might find this interesting: ttp:// - follow the link at the very bottom of the page. It is one person's attempt to clear up who has which clones and which number they apply to each clone. It's also an excellent library of photos of many of the clones that are in circulation. He has plenty of interesting stuff elsewhere on his website about sarracenia and plenty of other interesting genera. Check it out - it's great!
  3. Hello. I'm definitely not a succulent expert, but the cactus looks fine. Maybe it got too cold or wet? Sudden increase in sun or heat? If it's not getting any worse, I wouldn't worry. The other one (maybe a Haworthia or sempervivum?) definitely looks like it's being eaten. The damage looks like molluscs, but the black specks look like insect droppings so I'm not sure. You could try slug pellets and/or a systemic insecticide?
  4. Hello, Normally it wouldn't be a good idea to repot now, but if they have no drainage holes it probably is for the best. I would keep the compost around the roots in place and just fill in around the current "rootball" in a pot just a little larger than the one they are in - as you would when repotting a shrub, for example. In other words, don't wash-off or disturb the roots. Unfortunately a north-facing windowsill won't do - South is best. Don't be disheartened if they don't do well - try buying from a reputable CP nursery. I can vouch for Hewitt-Cooper CP, South West CP, PJ Plants and Hampshire CP. Healthy, well-grown plants are more likely to thrive and are well worth the extra money! Good luck!
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    Hello, South west window should be fine if you have them close to the glass. VFT can be a little tricky to over winter as they need it to be a little cooler than room temp and are likely to rot in the pure peat compost that they tend to come in if bought from a garden centre, but most common sundews we are pretty easy going. For fly control, I would recommend a Sarracenia flava - although it would need to go outside for its winter dormancy. Good luck!
  6. Thanks very much. As it happens, I bought a very nice D. binata 'Extrema' from him which is doing splendidly!
  7. I knew what you meant - just put my name down for a leuco or two!
  8. There is a chance that the dead leaf bases which clasp the rhizome can rot and spread fungal disease to the rhizome, but otherwise it just makes the plant look tidier.
  9. Hi dan. I would recommend flava and its hybrids as the best sarras to start with. Easy going, varied and gorgeous! Get the biggest water butt you can and to from there - you can't have too much rainwater! Good luck.
  10. Good to know, thanks. You have some nice leucos already! Yeah, salivated over Mike's YouTube channel plenty, thanks! I'll make it there one day. Cheers
  11. Very nice. The bog in a tray is a cool idea. I'll be interested to see how the taller sarras get on with such a shallow root-run. I hope those rocks are lime-free!
  12. Hello everyone, I'm a lifelong Sarracenia addict who started collecting nearly 30 years ago at the tender and impressionable age of eleven. 6 or 7 years ago I had to give up the fairly sizable collection i had amassed and do my best not to think about it! I moved to Wales a couple of years ago for a job as a gardener with the national trust and have found myself with a conservatory and garden to call my own, which I have already begun to fill with plants at a fairly alarming rate (my wife is very tolerant). Is buying 60 Sarracenia in 6 months the sign of a problem? Nah, didn't think so. I love plants of all sorts, but am also particularly into aroids, bamboos and schefflera/araliaceae. Another plant obsession is always just around the corner... Do meet-ups, plant swaps, "come and see my collection" things etc happen on here very often? Anyone in or around the Vale of Glamorgan likely to be up for plant swaps in the next couple of years? Looking forward to hobnobbing, seeing what everyone has and picking up some nuggets of wisdom! Cheers, Greg.
  13. The link you've posted is, I believe, an abstract/synopsis of the full registration that I linked in my previous post - worth checking out if you're interested. Of course it's always so difficult to be sure that any such story is entirely accurate, but it suggests that the original was propagated successfully and distributed under the names "Bednar Clone", "Alba", "Yellow Flower" and "Schnell's Ghost". I love mine too - this is the most important thing, at the end of the day!
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    Some forms of rubra sometimes are and purpurea venosa usually is.
  15. I have an identical or very similar plant from PJ Plants labelled leuco. white top. It's a pretty thing. According to the cultivar registration (, any leuco with a yellow flower and anthocyanins only at the base of the leaf is correctly called 'Schnell's Ghost'. " I am registering the cultivar name Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Schnell’s Ghost’, which should be applied to all clones of the species with yellow flowers and predominantly white coloured lids and upper pitchers. Since seed from self-pollinated individuals of this clone breed true (and presumably between different clones of this cultivar), Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Schnell’s Ghost’ may be propagated both asexually from cuttings and sexually from seed, as long as the cultivar characters are maintained. " So it is a little unusual in that it is a cultivar, but not a clone - rather any number of clones with the same characteristics. Kinda defeats the purpose of a cultivar to me, but good to know!