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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I could hold out no longer! A second greenhouse is now in the rebuild to house the expanding CP (and clivia) collections. Picked up a second hand robinsons 10 by 8 for the pricely sum of £10. Currently regasketing as I rebuild before moving into position. May do one half of the roof in clear polycarbonate for various reasons. Anyone know where you can get this for the best price?
  5. Sadly this seems only too common with CPs via mail order, whether from ebay or even CPUK sales! Supply and demand have created a market place where some see easy money propagating as quickly as possible. Dionea varieties being 'hot' at the moment. I've had some great plants but also a equal number of really poor tidlers. For 10 euro you'd expect good adult plants, for a couple of euro what you got! To me, am I the only one, this is spoiling this 'hobby". Buying what you can see at an open day is far better or from the well known sellers.
  6. You'll find they can all do this every so often - enjoy the extra flowers!
  7. Aphids! Look carefully or rub your fingers gentle along and see what comes off.
  8. In the diary! Have my card this year, never got one last year...
  9. True Stephen, and I'd like to hear both sides. But, not on Facebook. I think a members only area should be set up on the society web pages and all the evidence from both parties deposited there for the membershìp to review. As I doubt this will be easily resolved I think it should then be for the membership to decide.
  10. Might be the best AGM in years if Annette attends! Will be standing room only.....
  11. Thank you Dennis and Ron for the detailed account of events. Interesting to read, but a bit sad that its come to this position. I do hope it gets sorted swiftly and, like ada, hope the society come out stronger from this. Probably some important actions to address as soon as this is over.
  12. Thanks for the various responses - hopefully this won't run on Facebook and I invite both sides to present their case to the membership, with supporting evidence, at their earliest opportunity.
  13. There has been a facebook post outlining issues, some serious, within the CPS committee. The post also provided corrective actions that have been proposed. However, the post also indicated that differences of opinion with a number of current committee members. Rather than respond in facebook I thought CPUK may be more appropriate. A) Could the membership be fully informed of the reputed issues? B) I would like to see the views of those accused of bringing the CPS into disrepute? C) I would like to see the proposals in detail for the corrective action with timescales? I've been a member for a long time. I'm as keen as everbody else to see this sorted but transparency and member backing are essential for this, and the society, to suceed. Cheers
  14. Evening, currently sorting out some of my plants as its been a while since some had much tlc. Have a Sarracenia psittacina that's labelled 'Giant South Side'. Label says I picked it up from a cps meeting in 2004 (it really needs the repotting!). Can't find anthing about this description on line - can anyone help?
  15. Must go and see when its flowering time - when did you take the pictures?
  16. Agree! However, there'll be ones you just will never 'win' - that seems to be the nature of the internet. Best to aim to just minimise the 'damage' they cause and close it out as soon as you can. When they're anonymous some folk are also obnoxious! I've had two of these in my time. Hard not to let it get under your skin though. Good luck...
  17. Great looking dark clones dimitar and very nice plants. Only ever grown, indeed even seen, the typs. If you ever have some spare 'bits' I'd like to give them a go! Grown typ for 20 odd years, always found it fairly easy if a bit susceptible to the occasional grey mould if kept too wet over the colder months.
  18. It'll probably be fine. I collect both from my greenhouse roof and house roof. Later marley tiles and plastic downpipes. The house roof is slightly higher tds. Can be a bit more dusty too at times but I've never had any problems using it for my CPs. tds usually 20 to 30 compared to less than 20 off the greenhouse.
  19. Incredible flower! Never seen anthing this black - most 'black' flowers seem to be very dark purple.
  20. Couldn't agree more. One of my favourite nurseries closed last year (massive range of unusual tomatoes, peppers, herbs, etc every year but few tropicals). Redeveloped and now reopened as a modern garden centre! Big shop, big cafe, lots of tat, but few houseplant (expensive, £30 for a small nep) and limited range of outside stuff - trained trees for £300!! I went once to look - will never go again. The others have gone 'Whyvale' with just two independents left, both doing very limited houseplants as they have to compete with the chains on the tat :-(
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    You're paying for this service Richard? They should be paying you! We all know you're trying your best so good luck with getting it stable again. We'll all be waiting to chip in.
  22. True! The rest are watching the ICPS posts on facebook leading up to the conference. Pure CP porn?
  23. Got the t-shirt for doing this in the past too. Also leaving the small pump on in my outside butt that I use for transferring water into the greenhouse. Result, empty butt and burnt out pump.....
  24. If you want typical vft seed I'll send you some for a sae! They'll be open pollinated so could be pollen from any of my 30 odd types but the mother plants are typs (these are the ones I don't notice setting seed in all my sarras). They will be freshly collected on the day I put in your envelope though.