Dunc

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  1. Not sure the plants mind at all but boy it makes for an unpleasant greenhouse
  2. Used to use the garden centre 'lime free' RHS stuff but had some quite dusty stuff that took forever to wash. This one's not cheap but convenient to get it delivered. Had two more bags this week. When times are more normal I'll check out a few of the local aquarium shops.
  3. Bargain but too far away without needing an eye test.....
  4. Hi, I use the white stuff too and had no problems. Don't bother to wash it either as it's fairly clean out of the bag. Quite a nice even grit size too. Get mine off Amazon.
  5. I also find inside a house can be a bit too low humidity for these big sundews, especially with the recent weather.
  6. I have a number growing in my pond margins for many years without problems. Did have fish until the herons finished them off but still full with frogs! Plus I have to top up with hard tap water in the hot weather (it'd be a waste of the collected rain water). Give it a go, you might be surprised.
  7. What type do you mean? I have the aluminium tape woven into plastic mesh type (50% but you can also get 40 and 70 I think) over our conservatory to keep summer temps down. Its effectively like lots of small horizontal blinds. Is this what you mean or something else?
  8. Not an issue as long as there's water in the trays. My greenhouses go just over 40 briefly/occasionally and the plants love it!
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    Ben’s mum

    Mine can get flooded over winter with no sign of rot ever outside. I am in sunny Hampshire so may not be a fair comparison. However, my mother has sarracenia I've given her sat permanently in her pond North of Bolton so you should have no problem in Wigan
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    Ben’s mum

    You would be much better leaving Ben Mk2 somewhere sheltered outside over winter. You'll be surprised how hardy most sarracenia are. Too soft on the boy, that's why he turned rotten....
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    Deep VFTs

    Pot up, grow on or pass on ;-)
  12. About par for this time of year! One of my greenhouses hits 97% overnight as the temperature drops. This drops to 60 to 70% during the day. Vent as much as you can and don't keep them too wet. Most of my trays are still not filled with water yet.
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    Rosen Tantau

    Anyone know of any uk nurseries that order from Rosen Tantau in Germany? Would like to get a couple of plants, saw one at Wisley in flower last summer, but postage for a small order is very high. The plant cost, bare rooted, is fine. Thanks for any help/pointers.
  14. Those are very nice heaters but also very overpriced. I have a 2nd hand propane version in my 2nd greenhouse at the bottom of the garden. Look at something like https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DW9ESL2/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_-u7fEbEFQ86H2 These are sold under a number of names but are simply and work in damp greenhouses (some of the smaller semi domestic units are not fit for use in such environments for more than a year or two). You can never have too much power either as long as it's on a thermostat! You do need to think what you want to grow and what minimum to aim for. I used to heat to 5 to 10 min but mould is a menace. For the last decade I just aim to keep my 1st greenhouse frost free and my big fan heater is only for severe weather and back up. I use a thermostat tube heater 99% of the time. O or even a few degrees below for a short time seems to do minimal damage with the advantage of no more grey mould. However, so far, this winter is a real pain as it's staying so warm and humid. All you can do is ventilate when you can.
  15. Mine arrived yesterday Article on nepenthes pitcher type was fascinating. No wonder they don't catch much in cultivation! I'll send back the gift aid form at the weekend.