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  1. I'm looking to purchase a new house. I want to have a greenhouse in my new garden for sarracenia and VFTs. I know the more light the better, but would this be enough? The house I'm thinking of buying has a south facing garden. However, the greenhouse would have to go on the east side of the garden by the fence. This would mean that it gets shaded by the fence in the morning. Then at midday, it should get full sun for the majority of the rest of the afternoon. Is this enough light to grow nice plants in a greenhouse? Thanks.
  2. I'm also looking for a mini greenhouse for my sarracenias and am considering the same as you. I believe that glass would let more light through but the polycarbonate would filter light and keep it cooler on hot, summer days. I could be wrong though. Which shops have you been looking at for your greenhouse? These are the two I'm considering as I don't have a lot of space. https://www.twowests.co.uk/collections/mini-greenhouses/products/access-growhouse?variant=32276914470963 https://www.summergardenbuildings.co.uk/products/greenhouses/summer-greenhouse-30601385.html?rc=00101&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv6Gb6djk7QIVVeDtCh15gAM3EAQYBiABEgKtevD_BwE As you've said, the price difference is quite noticeable in the UK. Don't suppose anyone could offer any opinions in which they think would be best? Sorry, don't mean to hijack your post.
  3. Thanks both of you. Think I'll get sowing over the next week.
  4. I’ve got a batch of various sarracenia, VFT, pinguicula grandiflora and Darlingtonia Californica seeds. When is the best time to sow them in the U.K. for a natural cold stratification in a cold frame? Or would I be better stratifying them in the fridge? I’ve read that Darlingtonia seeds like to be frozen into ice cubes in the freezer. Does anyone have any experience doing this? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  5. I've only been keeping carnivorous plants for a year or two. I decided recently to order some seeds for the first time. I've read lots of conflicting information. I've ordered VFT seeds, Sarracenia Flava seeds, Drosera Anglica seeds, Drosera Capensis seeds and Drosera Madagasceriensis seeds. My plan was to wait until October and plant the VFT, Sarracenia and anglica seeds outside in my cold frame and just wait until spring to see seedlings. But then I read online that VFTs naturally shed their seeds in early summer and aren't supposed to go through cold stratification. Will my plan for these work? If so, how should I store the seeds until October as they should be here in a few days? I thought about putting them in the fridge, but there's a chance the weather outside could still be a lot warmer than my fridge in October which may accidentally make them germinate when I put them into my cold frame. For the capensis and madagascarensis, I have a windowsill in my house the my pinguiculas and droseras seem to be happy on so I was just going to plant them straight away and put them there. Should this work ok? Thanks, Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  6. I don't own a cat. I think I may have just been a bit too heavy handed when getting it out of the bubble wrap. Can't believe how brittle they are.
  7. I’ve only owned this plant for a few days and every time I pick it up by the pot a pitcher seems to break. Its on a southeast facing windowsill. Although it probably points slightly more to the east. Gets a lot of morning sun. I thought it may be getting roasted by too much morning sun. But this also happened on the first day I got it before it had spent much time on the windowsill.
  8. Thanks both of you. I ordered some online this morning. A 100 litre of Evergreen Irish moss peat for £13 and 50 litres of perlite for 15. I know that garden centre. It's about 10 minutes away from me! Just need get hold of sphagnum moss now. Is this sort of stuff for orchids alright or does it contain fertiliser does anyone know? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-T-12LMoisturizing-Phalaenopsis-OrchidGarden-Moisturizing/dp/B088RBZQF3/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=sphagnum+moss&qid=1590174935&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzNjM3S0M0UlU5TENMJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODYzNjczMlhWOFowQ05BVUYwSyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjg5NjQ1M1RWUzM2RFFGNThSTiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
  9. Actually, I have just looked at the products again and noticed that the first link is not pure perlite and I think I read somewhere in that the stuff in the second link is nitrogen rich. So I assume they are no good. Does anyone know where to get or how to make carnivorous plant soil in the UK without spending a fortune?
  10. Hi, I've been looking to create a mini bog garden using the VFTs and sarracenias that I've been growing in pots for about a year. I want to put them all into a bigger pot. I've found that the premixed soil would work out quite expensive so I think I'm going to mix it up myself. Can someone tell me if all of this stuff is ok? From what I've read, I think I'm supposed to mix the peat and perlite at a 50/50 ratio and then I'm thinking of layering sphagnum moss on the top. I estimate that I'd only use about half of the substrate in the links below. Will this keep for future projects if I seal the bags up? I've read about using sand at the bottom. Is this necessary or can I skip that part? https://www.hydroponics-hydroponics.com/grow-media-c31/plagron-lightmix-50-litres-p163 Above is a link for the perlite. I wasn't too sure because it said that it is fertilised. https://www.hydroponics-hydroponics.com/grow-media-c31/canna-terra-professional-plus-50-litres-p153 Above is a link for the peat moss. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gardman-04105-Fresh-Sphagnum-Moss-Large/dp/B0039ZZUE4/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=sphagnum+moss&qid=1589984241&refinements=p_76%3A419158031&rnid=419157031&rps=1&s=outdoors&sr=1-1 Above is a link for the sphagnum moss. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whitefurze-G0850BL-50cm-Barrel-Planter/dp/B008KZTVOS/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=barrel%2Bplanter&qid=1589984729&refinements=p_76%3A419158031&rnid=419157031&rps=1&sr=8-2&th=1 Above is the link for the pot. I will be drilling holes in the sides towards the bottom. Thanks, Any help is much appreciated.
  11. Hi, I have a sink very similar to yours that doesn't have an overflow. I've read that you used a pipe from the plug hole to regulate the water level. Would this stop it from overflowing in heavy rain? Also, how far up the back of the sink would I need the pipe to be? I am growing VFTs, sarracenia but also intend on other plants too. This is picture of the sink that I have. It is about 20cm high.
  12. Hi, Sorry if this is in the wrong place. I've only been keeping carnivorous plants for about a year. I have a selection of sarracenia VFTs which I bought at the beginning of last summer. When I bought them last summer, I repotted them using a peat and perlite mix that I bought online. They grew well over the year. However, I recently caught a bird pull one of my sarracenias out of its pot. Today I went into the garden to find that they had pulled all of my plants out of their pots. It looks like they are interested in the perlite too and they peck at all of the white bits. I've made the decision to finally use a butlers sink that I have to make a bog garden and to cover it with netting. Like is shown in the link below. I need 34 litres of soil to fill the sink. Can anyone suggest any DIY mixes of soil that I could make? The stuff I bought last time was £5.49 for 5 litres. I can't really afford to spend nearly £40 on soil. Does anyone have any better ideas for substrate as the birds seem to enjoy the perlite? Also, one thing I don't understand about the video below is that there is no drainage at all and I assume it would overflow in heavy rain. Does anyone have any advice on this? I’ve attached a picture of the sink that I will be using. Will this work as it doesn’t have an overflow?
  13. Hi, sorry if this is in the wrong place. I am new to this forum and also new to carnivorous plants. i recently bought a Venus fly trap and a sarracenia hybrid from a local supermarket. Had been after some for a while but all the ones at garden centres always looked dry and on the verge of death. The pots that they have came in are tiny and have no drainage holes. I want to repot them because of this and have ordered some carnivorous plant potting mix. Is it ok to report these plants at this time of the year in the uk? Also, I have these plants positioned in an upstairs windowsill facing north. Does this sound ok for these plants? thanks.
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