Dunc

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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!!
  10. 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.
  12. 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.
  14. Hybrid! You can see some parentage but can only 'guess' at what it might be. Best to label as GC hybrid and just enjoy.
  15. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. You'll find they can all do this every so often - enjoy the extra flowers!
  23. Aphids! Look carefully or rub your fingers gentle along and see what comes off.
  24. In the diary! Have my card this year, never got one last year...