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  1. Still slowly waking up here in Bimringham but am enjoying the show this year :) A very small selection but ones that are looking nice at the moment.
  2. A product that can help though not aimed at plants is Chinosol. Though its wont stop Botrysis it has helped me in the past. Like Stephen says, ventaliation and light are better prevention measures.
  3. Just make sure you have adequate lighting. The normal heat lamps will not do ! Other than that, your neps should love these conditions to be honest.
  4. Hi Dunc, which leucophylla survived ? All of them ? Have been led to believe they dont like the cold wet winters though maybe this isnt true for all of them ?
  5. Not only giacomo but I would like any info also. I know the plant came from Ross Kavanagh however not sure if Ross is on the boards or not. Being a small plant I have no recent pictures but it must be in a few other collections.
  6. Not been brave enough to drop it that low but this year I had an average of around 5c with no obvious signs of damage. Previous year I kept it around 8c and the drop, to 5c, doesn't seem to have hurt them, still continued to grow (very slowly) and flower.
  7. -=Joel=-

    Cutting back

    I try to do it just before the flower spikes start to show as it prevent accidentally knocking, chopping them off. Any time in the next few weeks should be ideal :)
  8. I use the garland 2ft square trays as the fit perfectly in the greenhouse, no wasted space ! Anyone local to this place can pick up supplies in bulk, cuts the cost down on pots & labels bhgsltd. They will deliver too but havent a clue how good or bad that service is. Again, I buy the slightly more expensive, TEKU pots, but they should last a long time so to me makes more sense.
  9. The Garland trays are very good value, mainly because they will last you an age. Garland Trays If you have got access to the main you could make something like this, automatic top up. Just a pump in a water bucket set on a timer really :)
  10. Some interesting pictures and is good to see someone giving LED's a real go. I bet there is to the cost of running them though ! How long will it take to break even with the savings from the LED's ? If you go down the diy route, would you make the light more friendly to human eyes ? Keep the same number of blues & reds but maybe add a few whiter LED's ? Cant help but think the plants under the white light "look" healthier to the human eye and possibly easier to see any possible health problems ? Keep up the good work, Joel
  11. Two that are free to use are: Photofiltre & Paint.NET Both fairly easy to use and have decent support from users.
  12. I now keep mine at a lowest of 6.5C. All the neps seem to do fine and even continue to flower & grow. Haven't a clue how relevant it is but I have a constant flow inside the greenhouse to prevent stale air & also helps to prevent cold spots within the greenhouse.
  13. Your insurance will be invalid if not done properly. DONT TAKE THE RISK. They are wise to the tricks now and they will do anything NOT to pay out on a claim if the worse happens. I (22 year old) have found tesco compare website the best for prices. Once the price is found ring the top 5 searches and get a quote over the phone, then play one against the over for the best price. Yes it may be 2 or 3 hours of work but you will save a few £100. I have insured a 1.8 astra SRI for just over £2k with no no claims and am currently running a fabia VRS for £1200 with 1 years no claims. Fingers crossed this year it will drop again. Good luck
  14. Dont do it any more lol. Though the results were worth it :) Though it didnt cost that my, around £10 a week or so, which if you think about some people spend that a day on fags, sweets & other cr*p.
  15. You need to make sure you get a real envirolite. There are a few fakes "copies" out there which I would guess are made with lesser components. Especially on Ebay. I have had 5 bulbs 150w and 250w versions running 24 hours a day last year with no problems what so ever.
  16. 6500k is what I have used in the past with good success. Guessing it will be a white or cool white ?
  17. From what I have read & seen going DIY wont actually save you loads of cash which is surprising. The only really benefit is getting the LED colour of your choice which has already been done for the freshwater plants. May not suit our eyes (may be a little yellow ?) but they should work, the marine set has been getting some great reviews. You will need the LEDS, board, wire, heatsink, casings etc etc etc Might be worth finding a local shop & see how much discount you can get. May save you a whole load of time & trouble, well, unless you really know what you are doing.
  18. If you have the cash these are what you need They also do a marine version of this tile which may or may not be better suited. http://www.tmc-ltd.co.uk/planted-tank/grobeam-1000.asp
  19. Have you checked the temps ? I would imagine under a 70W MH it would get pretty hot ?
  20. I have found nearly all of the sarracenia species kept be kept outside providing they are kept out of the wind & rain. I had all species survive outside last winter with a covering of snow over them. I dont think its the cold that gets them but the damp conditions & howling winds that batter them.
  21. Looking very good Mike. Might be an idea to add some sort of copyright to the images though or they may be used for selling plants by dishonest people. Right click may be disabled but its still very easy to "grab" the pictures. Good luck with the project. I did attempt it this year but my plants still dont look all that exciting yet.
  22. It is basically one of these that has been given a friendly looking over cover. http://www.basementlighting.com/Merchant2/...page=1/prod/cbt
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