Dunc

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Hopefully there'll be plenty for anyone who wants it in a few years. But there again it'll no longer be 'rare' and so probably no longer on so many wish lists!! PS I picked one of this listing, smallest size to keep in my max I'll pay budget, and look forward to seeing what the fuss was about, or not.
  4. Great to see what they look like - thanks. Especially like the last photo of the one in the middle of the track! What's the soil like there? Looks very sandstone with quite a bit of cover.
  5. Hi, might become partially unimportant for UK next year once we're out of the EU. However, as of now if you read through inc the appendices (especially VIII and IX) you'll see this is targeted at specific plants and pathogens. Only had a quick scroll on my phone but didn't notice any CPs. What they are targeting is the right thing to do and long overdue!
  6. Hello & welcome from a fellow Hampshireite (NE). Put up my 2nd greenhouse earlier this year. Remember there's no such thing as just one or two sarracenia....
  7. Yours look good so I would not worry. Depends on the clone and conditions how red they get and it can vary year to year. This year has not been the most consistently hot and sunny!
  8. I bought one of these couple of years ago: Compact 4 stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter including DI Resin stage for Aquatics https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00V28UWQQ/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apap_H1HgVMKF5uv1w Takes my 300+ ppm north Hants water down to sub 5 ppm (sometimes sub 1!). I hook it up to an outside tap to use and it can take a few days to fill a water butt. Low pressure means slower and more waste water but that's all. I added a couple of taps so I can keep the ro always wet (if they dry they die) and pressure gauge. Still on the same to cartridge and am on my 3rd bag of resin. Always flush when I use. You can pay more for better throughput and/or a pumped system but as a basic system this is fine. Don't really need the resin final stage either. Hope this helps. Took me a bit of reading to work out what to buy!
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    ID?

    Thanks, helps me start to narrow it down. Seems like there is a few very similar and only in flowering can you be sure of the exact ID.
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    ID?

    Hi , can anyone ID this fierce looking monster? There where a couple in Gib botanical gardens but no labels. Never seen one with spines down the back of the 'leaves' as well as the edges before!
  11. There's alot of flies around this year and they're just doing as nature intended. Plants will start to look a bit worse for it earlier this year I guess but they'll be well fed!
  12. I can't see the top left pot but in all the rest it looks like you've a few plants. Understand your feelings, have a number of those t-shirts with CPs, but you've got 'stock' and they'll soon reproduce. Takes years for sarracenia to pick up but at least with drosera it's much quicker!
  13. Many cacti will survive sub-zero as long as they are completely bone dry. I overwinter a few in my greenhouse and I only keep it frost free - zero deg C if I can, once or twice minus a few!
  14. The first time my Epiphyllum oxypetallum flowered this was all I saw! The bud opened much quicker than I expected and I only saw the morning after. Your selenicerios looked good with so many flowers at once.
  15. Stunning! How long did the flowers stay open? Plus, what was the smell like? I've grown other night flowering (All 'Queen of the night's:-) ) cacti but never this one. How many years till next time now!!
  16. Welcome from a fellow Hampshire grower. Be warned, nobody stops at their first three CPs! The sarracenia and dionea should stand in a few cm of rainwater, but not the nepenthes, just keep that damp. Plus, given them plenty of light. Good growing.
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    Wilted brown lid

    Image works - looks a bit frazzled on the edges. Whilst damp at the pot it could be a bit too dry up at the top. You could try a bigger pot and/or something larger to stand it in as a water tray? What temperatures in its location? My greenhouse can clear 40 deg C occasionally in summer and as long as they're stood in water the sarracenia have no problems.
  18. What's the weather doing! Was in Rome, in the rain, a few weeks ago! Here, in parts of SE UK we've had little rain for a couple of months now - my RO is in operation already as my rainwater is running low already........
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    Drosera roots

    If you've space it will appreciate a bigger pot. If not it'll not come to any harm in the pot it's in.
  20. Hybrid! You can see some parentage but can only 'guess' at what it might be. Best to label as GC hybrid and just enjoy.
  21. Looks like a normal plant to me - when you see rotundifolia growing wild there's quite a variation in size etc. With s bit more sun it should colour up a bit too.
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    Drosera roots

    Completely normal, all binata have almost as much under the surface as they have on top! Some of mine are in 12 inch pots and the roots pack the pots.
  23. Oh, definitely tropical then! I keep my neps in my conservatory - temp down to 10 C min in winter. I'd put bubble up permanently in your g/h - will keep it more stable, maybe a double layer on the north side. Will act as shading a bit in summer too.
  24. I use the big bubble stuff and can keep my 13 by 8 frost free with just a 30w tube heater in all but the worst weather. Have a bigger heater when needed but didn't have to use it at all this winter. The insulation stays up all year on the north side. You've less volumn but a higher surface area to volumn ratio so you'll have to see what works depending on what you mean by tropical plants. I'm happy to go down to about zero C. How much sun you get, what you have in as a heat sink, how exposed, etc will all differ. A smaller greenhouse can be less temperature stable and cool down rapidly.
  25. I have an oregon scientific weather station with a number of remote temperature/humidity sensors. One of these is in the greenhouse, another in the conservatory. Work well most of the time - the greenhouse one did fail after 18 months but was replaced under warranty. Can see al the details from the console that is wall mounted in the kitchen - takes upto 10 sensors if needed.