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  1. Nice one, an orchid for 5p is good going! It's surprising how many of the common phalenopsis orchids you see reduced down in supermarkets/retail stores - they buy so many in bulk and can't keep them alive long enough. See the same thing with VFTs... think we've all rescued a couple of them over the years! ;-)
  2. Thanks for the help Vince. Seems simple enough so should be able to slot it into my system! The latest erroneous readings show a temp of 15, which is not unusual for a terrarium range, but when it drops to this from a previous value of 35 and comes back up to 35 on the next reading, I know it is an error! At the same time, the RH reads crazy values such as 3500%. Therefore, it's probably easier to get the RPi to look at the RH readings and not log anything over 100%.
  3. Welcome MG. It sounds as if you're off to a good start and know the basics. You may have to ring around a few garden centres and/or nurseries to try and find a good supply. The bigger, more independent garden centres usually stock at least some form of peat, but you'll struggle to find it at 'retail park' stores such as B&Q, Homebase etc. Shamrock peat is a known brand people usually find. Just try and check the bag description to make sure it's peat from sphagnum, not sedge peat, and has no additives/fertilisers added. Sand is also best bought from a garden centre/nursery a
  4. I can't vouch for methylated spirits on CPs but you can follow some good practice in order to keep it under control and try and fight it... Infected plants should be isolated as soon as possible - if they are near other plants, the infestation can spread and lose you the upper hand. Insecticides can help but don't expect miracle cures. You can safely use Provado Bug Killer or similar which does knock back the population a bit. It's not something I've tried, but some people submerge plants to drown the bugs. Obviously CPs lend themselves easily towards this treatment as they don'
  5. Always good to see pics in the wild - thanks for sharing.
  6. Great display guys - well done!
  7. Thanks Vince. Will be an interesting challenge to see if I can optimise the substrate and conditions to increase the Ceph growth rate - they colour up lovely but still pretty slow growing! Also I need to keep an eye on temps - at the moment, in tank temp is topping 35°C at its highest. Don't really want it to get any higher and certainly not over 40°C! I should set up some coding on the Raspberry Pi to notify me somehow (email?) if temperatures hit a certain threshold value. Also I need to eliminate those erroneous sensor readings from the logging. I'm guessing they occur due to
  8. Ok, as promised here's a bit of detail about the plants that are currently in the terrarium and how they're doing. The bulk of them are plants that have got an upgrade from my old inferior terrarium, others that I have had under lights and such around the house and more recently some seeds to germinate. Firstly, some Nepenthes... N. cv. 'Bill Bailey' - very dark colouring now on the pitcher!... N. cv. 'Bloody Mary' - one of two stem cuttings really putting out new growth now... N. cv. 'Suki' - growing rapidly after a leaf jump... N. burbridgeae × campanula - after
  9. Hi everyone, Now that my Terrarium is up and running I thought I should introduce it properly and show you the steps of the build along the way, which may help to inspire others to create similar projects. I used to have a small terrarium, which consisted of an old 45x30x25cm fish tank, lit by a 6400K 45W spiral compact fluorescent. It worked ok and the light certainly was powerful enough just to grow plants but it had problems with keeping the heat under control, keeping the water conditions stable and inevitably; I simply ran out of space! Last year I found a larger, second-ha
  10. That's a good article Tropicat - the Sarracenia Northwest guys are a great, knowledgeable bunch. Hannah; it may well be getting too hot for too long - the drop in night temperature is important. Black pots per se are not an issue (I use black pots for my entire collection - even Darlingtonia in full sun) but may not be helping if already in a stuffy, hot environment. It'll probably be happier now on the new windowsill. The lids closing are a sign of low humidity. You could try the occasional hand misting and/or check the traps have fluid inside. If they are dry, you can safely add a
  11. Indeed, as long as the rhizome is not soft and brown (i.e., rotted), you should be able to stimulate new growth. I've regenerated quite a few plants from blind rhizomes over the years... they come on surprisingly quick.
  12. You'll soon need a bigger greenhouse! Welcome aboard.
  13. I suppose it is possible if overlying growth has squeezed the petiole, but sometimes the odd pitchers just die off as new growth replaces them. They can also die off rapidly if polluted with too much fertiliser or food that the pitcher cannot cope with.
  14. Not sure why that particular pitcher has decided to die back. Keep an eye on it but as the abundance of new leaf growth is healthy, I wouldn't worry too much. Incidentally, I grow mine always standing in water, sometimes almost up to the pot brim with the smaller pots! Dry conditions around the roots are far more detrimental than flooding.
  15. Nice collection Hannah. I've had a few over the years... here's what I currently look after.. The love of small-scale spills over into similar projects too!..
  16. Haha, that's awesome. Gotta love little shop of horrors
  17. Nice photos of some lovely plants! Could you add the cultivar/clone names for each pic please?
  18. Was taken by surprise when I saw this sight in the greenhouse tonight... Seems the ants in my garden have gotten wise to a good source of free nectar, whilst playing with danger in the process!
  19. Welcome aboard Michaela. Good to see more Utricularia growers about
  20. Stu


    Welcome to CPUK Hannah. Lots of useful information to be found here. Nice to see your collection already spanning different genera.
  21. Great website Tom and good to see it developing fast. Your Raspberry Pi terrarium tutorial has been an invaluable source of help for me setting up my own. I definitely owe you a beer/coffee for that! The Nepenthes resources are also very interesting... very handy and easy to use tools for checking requirements.
  22. Ha, sorry to say they are definitely not Drosera or Sarracenia, certainly not even a carnivorous genus! Does look remarkably like basil but I wouldn't risk ingesting something I didn't know. Incidentally, do the leaves have an aroma?
  23. Same here. Started using it before forums allowed direct linking of pictures and has become the norm for me.