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  1. I'm not a Nepenthes grower, but your plants look like beautiful healthy specimens. Well done. Thanks for showing us. Cheers from Bill.
  2. Very nice indeed. When do you find it best to cease watering where you are? Cheers from Bill.
  3. The U.bisquamata "Betty's Bay" has poked it's head up today! Lots of flower stalks on the U.livida. Cheers from Bill.
  4. Some clarification: there were only a few days when temperatures dipped below -2°C all day, and no snow on the ground for longer than a few hours all winter. Very wet conditions but not a great deal wind chill. Cheers from Bill.
  5. Last summer I planted some terrestrial Utric's in my outdoors sink bog garden, just to see what happened. It was a very mild winter here, and the plants were insulated with a plastic bell cloche. Didn't think I would see them again. We get to the end of May, and the U.praelonga is poking its head up, and U.livida is spreading with a vengeance. U.bisquamata "Betty's Bay" is a no show however. It was a really mild winter though . . . Cheers from Bill.
  6. I'm pretty new to Utricularia (this will be my second summer as a grower), but depth of substrate doesn't seem to be an issue as long as you can maintain the moisture levels within the substrate itself. That has been my experience so far. You can easily get caught out on a hot day if the container is small and shallow. That seems to be the real killer. Hope this helps. Bill.
  7. Thanks, that's put my mind at rest. Have a good afternoon! Bill.
  8. Are there enough microorganisms in stored rainwater to keep indoor Utricularia spp. colonies happy? Does anyone culture Paramecia or anything to add periodically? My water is stored in a water butt, fed from the gutters around my slate roof. There are mossy patches here and there so I am hoping that there will be enough microorganisms. What do you ladies and gents think? Cheers from Bill.
  9. Hi, I hope the OP found a solution, but for anyone else in the same situation here's my tips. Definitely agree with @Tropfrog Exo Terra Terraria have way too much ventilation for high humidity. A sheet of perspex or glass can be slotted over the existing grille with minimal fuss. Also agree with @Sedumzz we call them "Foggers" in the UK, and they can be acquired at pet shops selling reptiles. They use water much more slowly than a misting system. I use a false bottom in my terrarium. I cut a sheet of stainless steel mesh to fit the internal dimensions of the terrarium. This I wrap in a single layer of Jute or Hessian fabric. I cut a hole for a plastic tube in one corner, push the tube through. I put some supports on the floor of the enclosure (suitably sized river pebbles are good, or "Caster Cups," used to protect floors from furniture feet). The grille assembly is then rested on these supports and substrate (Compost mix) added on top. The pipe can be pushed almost to the base of the enclosure, with which a hose can be pushed down below the substrate and used to syphon off excess water. Hope this helps. Cheers from Bill.
  10. @Nord Ravn I've had a think, and you are right, no live Sphagnum spp will be suitable. I want to succeed with this so I have a new plan for the substrate. I will retain the false bottom and use a soil mix recommended by a fellow Utricularia grower, Sphagnum mixed with perlite. Thanks once again for your advice. Bill.
  11. Okay, thanks Nord. I'm going to try it, just as an experiment, so I don't plan on using any rare plants. I accept that live Sphagnum may not be best long-term, so thanks for the advice. Stuart, thanks for the link but I have looked briefly at importing from Europe, but the hoops we have to jump through rules it out for me. Cheers from Bill.
  12. Thanks for the help Nord. I plan to use this in an indoor terrarium to try to grow smaller terrestrial Utricularia spp. I plan to have a false bottom to act as a reservoir, and to allow me to siphon out water either for freshness or to vary the water level. Cheers from Bill.
  13. Hi. I would like to use Sphagnum cuspidatum as the substrate for some miniatures. I find this species very attractive, and although it can be very fast growing it seems to be quite compact in form. It should be fairly easy for a horticulturist to ID visually, I think. Unfortunately I have no material to propagate from and currently no access to the countryside. I had thought of asking someone to collect a small sample for me for the cost of a couple of pints, but I am unsure if there are legal issues around money being exchanged for the sample. My understanding of gathering samples is that as long as you are not removing complete plants, and that they are not for commercial use some small samples of vegetation are not a problem unless dealing with rare or endangered plants, is this the case? Can anyone advise me if this approach is viable, or even legal? Definitely don't want to break the law, they are made for good reasons. Many thanks from Bill.
  14. Hi there. Thanks for the help guys. Subulata and bisquamata were not on my shortlist anyway. I'm currently edging away from a biotope style display; so many lovely plants, why limit my choice to one continent? I doubt I could find out which species occur in the same individual bogs anyway, so it wouldn't be a true biotope. Not sure about sandersonii, I like the little white flowers. I will look carefully at that one anyway. Cheers from Bill.
  15. Is U.sandersonii a bully then? I'm still a bit of a noob, but learning is the best part!
  16. Hi, I'm thinking of creating a large container with several Species of terrestrial Utric's. My intention is to use up to six different species in a natural styled display. Then I would like to see what happens. Ideally I would like a water meadow stuffed with Utricularia spp! I recognise a truly natural, balanced display is very unlikely, but this kind of gardening appeals to me. I would like to know if any of you mix Utric's this way? Do you mix just any Species that take your fancy from a similar climate? Or do you put them in groups based on location. eg Australian biotope, African biotope? Looking for tips, advice, ideas or any comments you can give. Cheers from Bill.
  17. Cheers Stephen, I'll give that a go. Thanks for the help. Bill.
  18. @gardenofeden I just noticed your signature. Do you grow Utric's? Can you recommend a peat free Compost mix suitable for Terrestrial Utricularia spp? Hopefully not too OT, you just seem like the perfect person to ask. Cheers from Bill.
  19. I have been looking at heating options today. Substrate cables are something I encountered whilst building Vivaria, many years ago. With a properly installed weatherproof power point I could maybe make a tiny heated greenhouse! Bill.
  20. Hi, I have an idea for a display of Utric's, but I don't know if it would work. I have a big but shallow stoneware sink about 90cm by 40cm by 10cm deep. It is too big to fit inside. It sits in a sheltered area of the garden against a wall of the house facing south. I have always admired Wardian cases (the predecessor of terraria), and wondered if a similar enclosing glass structure sitting on the rim of the sink would bring up the winter temperature up to 7°C to 12°C so that I could overwinter some hardier ground-hugging species such as Utricularia pubescens in situ? I live in the Midlands and temperatures rarely dip to -5°C in my garden. I doubt any form of heating would be viable outdoors but if you know differently I would be happy to consider it. A full sized greenhouse isn't really an option in my garden. Cheers from Bill.
  21. Beautiful plants, beautiful garden, excellent photography. Very inspiring website, thanks for the link. You have done very well. Cheers from Bill.
  22. Hi Stephen, thanks for posting. I don't have a greenhouse, no. I am growing these in a sink in Fertile Fibre cocofibre and Perlite. Cheers from Bill.
  23. Hi pirks I'll try to tie them in as you suggest, many thanks! W.
  24. Hi I have a couple of S. leucophylla rooted cuttings. Each has two healthy pitchers on it but they are catching the wind like sails and rocking the roots and rhizome back and forth. I have seen this cause bad health with tree saplings in the past, and I wondered what to do? I could snip off the pitchers (there are healthy firm buds on the rhizome) and give it a chance to root better or I could put in a stake and gently tie the pitchers to it with twine. Any thoughts on which would be preferable or any alternative actions? W.
  25. D.filiformis var.filiformis. The shape of the "shepard's crook" when the leaves unfurl in spring, and the mad H.P Lovecraft tentacles further on in the season. W.
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