David Stanley

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  1. Thanks again guys for the advice. It never fails to amaze me how generous people are with their time and expertise on this forum. Very much appreciated. I'll see if I can find that particular brand of fungicide or its equivalent in my local garden centres. David
  2. Thanks for all your advice folks - especially that great post, Jan: really helpful. Alas, my only surviving seedling has stopped growing and has started to turn that sickly yellow colour that I now know inevitably means the end is just days away :cry: Here's looking forward to my next effort with this tricky plant! By the way, what fungicide would people recommend. I've heard of something called Cheshunt compound. Is that appropriate? Can any of the UK people recommend a particular, widely available brand? Thanks again, David
  3. There I was, feeling very pleased with the three Drosophyllum seedlings I'd managed to raise from seed to the 'three leaf stage' when, all of a sudden two of them seem to have got tired of life and keeled over! I'm growing them as per Slack's double-potting method although as they are not yet big enough they are still in separate single pots, in a partially sunny but unheated conservatory, watered on the tray system to keep the soil permanently damp but not sodden. All three seemed to be growing strongly when, without any root disturbance, two of them seemed to halt their growth and turn a sickly yellow colour. Five or six days later they have withered away to nothing. I know there has been some debate already on this forum as to whether individual plants are capabable of chemically suppressing the growth of neighbouring species rivals - could this be the case here or can anyone think of anything I'm obviously doing wrong based on what I've described. Any help appreciated! Thanks David
  4. Hurrah! After nearly three months of nothing happening, I noticed this morning that a single, tiny, green Drosophyllum seedling has finally germinated. I really had given up pretty much all hope. Now looking forward to seeing it transform into a mature plant within the year! David
  5. Thanks for all the advice folks. Hmmm, I might conceivably have gone a bit over the top with the sandpapering but I was mindful of doing more harm than good. Looks like I'll have to play the waiting game a bit longer yet! Thanks again David
  6. Is there any consensus on the best way to germinate Drosophyllum seed. I'm beginning to lose faith that the seed I sowed this winter is ever going to germinate. I got some at Kew this year (straight from a seed pod so I know it was fresh) and kept it in a fridge until early January when I sowed it. I rubbed each seed firmly between two sheets of sandpaper as I understand they have a waterproof seed coating and then split the seeds into two sets. I treated one set as per D'amato's advice: so I soaked the seed in rainwater for a couple of days and sowed it on top of a shallow dish of vermiculite which I keep damp-to-wet and on a sunny windowsill. I followed Slack's advice for the second set which involves the first stage of his double-potting technique. Ultimately, the seed is buried just below the soil surface and an upturned saucer is used to limit evaporation and shut out light. Two quite different techniques but I figured that the chances were that at least one would work! Seemingly not, at least so far, although it's now been the best part of five weeks. Am I losing faith too soon?! David
  7. Thanks for your help Dieter - much appreciated! Cheers David
  8. Still in a bit of a quandry over this - can anyone help? Cheers, David
  9. I'm going into my first winter with a P. 'Weser' and wondered how best to ensure it makes it out the other side! Currently, I have it on a north-east facing windowsill standing in a water tray which I keep topped up with around an inch of rainwater. So far it seems to be thriving! Should I reduce or even stop the amount of water I give it over winter? Incidently, I know this plant is a hybrid but not sure whether the parent plants are Mexican butterworts or not. Technically, what type of butterwort is it classed as? Cheers, David
  10. The capensis sharing the seed tray is the red form and the only example I have but I agree - less risky to transplant that than the regia I suppose. Can I expect the regia to die back as winter hits or is it likely to just stop growing (at its infinitesimally slow rate!)? David
  11. Can anyone suggest how I can increase the chances of my D. regia seedlings surviving into their second year? I understand they can keel over and die for little obvious reason and I'd so love to grow one into maturity from seed. They germinated around June and are now about 9mm in height, growing in a seed tray with some D. capensis at the other end. I keep the 50/50 peat/sand mix pretty wet. I'm wary of the fact that the D. capensis will spread quickly and could choke the regia seedlings but I wondered whether it might be too risky transplanting the latter whilst they're so small and with winter very near. Any advice greatly appreciated! David
  12. It was a chance discovery of some Vesutor seed kits at my local garden centre a few years ago that got me into this hobby in the first place! I bought about three packs and nothing grew despite my following the instructions to the letter. I even wrote to Vesutor explaining this and they sent me fresh packs free of charge. In the end only one little S. flava and one S. minor ever germinated and the poor S. minor shuffled off this mortal coil after one sorry season (sob!) In a way I'm thankful for their lack of success as it was the determination not to 'fall at the first hurdle' that got me ultimately so involved with CPs. David
  13. Having seen a few beautiful examples at the Kew open day, I'd like to try growing P. wesser from seed. Can't find any mention of this plant in Savage Garden though so don't know if it's temperate or tropical, or how to care for it. Can anyone give me some tips or point me to a relevant thread? Cheers! David
  14. I've had very similar experiences David and have come to the conclusion that there's all kinds of variables that will affect germination, foremost of which is the freshness of the seed you use. We're very lucky to have access to such an extensive and well run seed bank but I think that, inevitably, some of the donated seed is fresher than others. I'm doing my best to grow as many plants in my collection as possible from seed so I rely very heavily on my annual allocation from the seedbank. This year, after three years of failures, I've finally got some Darlingtonia to germinate. I didn't do anything different to previous years - it's just this time it worked. But even if the initial rates seem slow, don't necessarily give up. Many members have reported 'written off' seed germinating the following year or even later. David
  15. Thanks for your feedback Ian. Yes, it must have been kind of sudden as two days before they all seemed OK and the seedlings were all in various stages of exposure when I found them. I wondered if a deeper pot might somehow prevent this from happening again? David