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  1. Seems to happen sometimes. My Maxima looks fairly bad very early this year (didn't flower either so don't know if linked).
  2. The leaves certainly do this as they die - go red and sticky. However, I don't find they reduce leaves with flowering. Your flowering plant looks a bit yellowish (may be camera/photo) compared to the earlier picture - is it getting enough light? Is it inside just for the photo? I find the big sundews do better either outside or in a greenhouse as houses are too dry.
  3. Dunc


    You could bottle that water and sell it on here it's so soft!!!
  4. Be careful what they use on your roof - pressure washing can strip the surface layer off roof tiles reducing their life considerably. Many tiles have a lifetime of around 20 years and then need replacing as they start to become porous (see for example Marley website for info). Sometimes it's better to live with the moss and cleaning gutters every year! I'm speaking from painfully learned experience.......
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    rare cultivar?

    It's not the only one! I'd almost say one of many......
  6. I don't have any problems with minor outside - both typ and Okee seem to thrive. Leucos struggle more and seem to never put on much size outside for me. Hybrids don't seem a problem either, not the ones I have.
  7. Your US fellow growers will be best placed to help but from your min temps you're not in North TX so around zone 8a max which isn't too different from the UK. All my sarracenia take -10 outside with no extra care although some fare better than others. Your summers are where there's the bigger difference and I'd expect you'd need plenty of water to never let them dry out in your heat!
  8. Hi, I've the same readability issues as others have pictured too. Also, where has the 'mark all as read' gone as that was useful for 'clearing' threads of no interest?
  9. Can reach flowering size in less than 6 months from seed in peak growing season. Only need to be a few inches across to flower too. Generally you won't have any problems getting capensis to flower or set seed (hundreds).
  10. It can vary from plant to plant I'm afraid. Some can go through winter looking just about the same apart from maybe more ground hugging traps. Other can lose all their traps and rest though winter as a small bulb underground. Sometimes you'll find the plant doesn't make it too and it might not be a lot about what you do, just the way things work.
  11. My planifolia sees temperatures occasionally down to single figures and grows just fine. It's in a SE facing conservatory which is generally unheated at night in all but the coldest winters. During the day it can get warm in there if the sun's out. I've not had a flower yet but it's only 3 or 4 metres so far!
  12. Not sure the plants mind at all but boy it makes for an unpleasant greenhouse
  13. 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.
  14. Bargain but too far away without needing an eye test.....
  15. 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.
  16. I also find inside a house can be a bit too low humidity for these big sundews, especially with the recent weather.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. 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 ;-)
  23. 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.
  25. 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.