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  1. Lovely plants and photos! Do you know where the 'Peaches' lookalike came from? Is it a relative?
  2. You're just showing off, now! All looking fab! That is an odd looking emarginata a few photos up - be interesting to see the flower. I am guessing those little laueana plants are in a line where you laid the original leaf? I see you are trying sphagnum for some plants - any comments?
  3. Keep media quite dry and temperatures of just above freezing are ok for most Mexicans. If media is too damp or moist, or too much condensing humidity is in the air then trouble will arise. Generally the more 'succulent' looking plants well tucked up for Winter (these are often best very dry) can withstand a few degrees colder but anything fleshy (e.g. P. 'Tina') may die if kept frozen for too long. Your garage should be ok for low humidity - just make sure things are kept frost free if you can. Sounds like conditions you have are ideal for flower production!
  4. Thanks Mike, Alexis. Have repotted them in a more perlite rich mix and pulled off lots of dead material. There actually is a little new growing point activity and the rhizome still looks, for the most part, very healthy. It is just that there are no white roots. Time will tell...
  5. Looks like a root to me. The don't always start underneath and head downwards with Sarras. Depending on growth, they can get pushed up and over the rhizome.
  6. Great plants. That 'Brooks' does not look like mine, though. How certain are you?
  7. Growing very nicely. Anybody think that the D. capensis might be D. capensis var alba (or D 'Albino' I see now, mmm). That lovely cinnabar moth feeds on Ragwort and has very obvious black and yellow striped caterpillars (which don't taste nice to predators!).
  8. Sounds like it is worth a try. Many of us use some nutrients in the media. Mexican Pings don't seem to be nutrient intolerant like bog CPs and appear to benefit from some.
  9. 1) Thanks for your thoughts everyone. Never used Westland peat, always Shamrock. I have being doing some TDS testing. I put the same water plus a sample of peat, sand, perlite and John Innes No2 into different containers. I tested TDS over a couple of days: Start - 12hrs - 36hrs - 48hrs Water: 20 - 25 - 20 - 20 Perlite: 30 - 35 - 30 - 30 Peat: 110 - 130 - 65 - 70 Sand: 70 - 170 - 190 - 180 John Innes No2: 400 - 520 - 620 - 600 The sand is labelled as 'washed, horticultural grade'. Mmmm, I won't be using it again for bog CPs. Not sure what the peat did; bit odd - maybe something to do
  10. Hi Matt, Ever met with Kiwi Earl? He is in Christchurch and has one of the best Sarra collections I have seen. Do a search for his posts on here and send him an email/pm. Don't know him myself but he might be able to set you up big style! He certainly has enough experience with your climate to answer all your questions. edit - sadly, it looks like he hasn't been on in a while and he hasn't permitted email but a pm might work for next time he logs in.
  11. 1) Have a look at: http://www.cpphotofinder.com/sarracenia-maxima-3024.html Some photos look pretty close. 2) Selling on plants where you have had to guess the name is pretty immoral, really, unless you make the uncertainty clear to the buyer.
  12. S. flava var. maxima is the one that is all green. What you have is probably S. flava "Maxima", a named clone by Slack. The naming is easily confused. Second one looks to me like it might be a cross between S. flava and S. alata. Don't know about the last one; a flava of some kind, perhaps? (There could be hidden heritage in any of them.)
  13. I believe Brita swaps other cations (e.g. calcium) in hard water for sodium which is supposed to be bad for CPs. However, if you are starting off with soft water then I am not sure. Yes it will filter out the big organics like algae but I would be inclined to use an inert filter of some kind instead (a few layers of muslin?) then boil it to sterilize. If you have sphagnum moss in your terrarium then hopefully that will soak up any nutrients.
  14. Thanks for your ideas, gents. It has spurred me into further investigation! 1) Alexis, thanks for your thoughts. I think ventilation is ok. I don't get too much botrytis in the Winter and I don't think it is a rot/mould problem that is the primary cause of the problem. 2) Ada, see photos below - thanks. 3) Loligo - I usually spray some Chinosol onto the broken surface of the rhizome after splitting. I think you are right in that it is media related. 4) Mike, it appears I put less perlite in than I thought - thanks for the note - I shall increase the amount (time to get the breathing appara
  15. Hello everyone. I have had a few Sarras these last couple of years that are 'dying'. One was a fantastic S. flava, full of vigour. I split it and they all appeared to do well to begin with but now there is no or a little stunted growth this year and, upon inspecting the roots, there are no new white roots - all the split rhizomes (which were certainly big enough to split) are behaving the same. Parts of rhizomes on some of the plants are also browning. I have no real idea why. No visible pest other than a few scale insect, occasional aphid, slug or caterpillar - can't see anything really tiny
  16. My plants have ethics. They only eat flies that would otherwise naturally fall dead to the ground (cf fruitarians). Sorry, Bob - good question.
  17. Thanks for posting Alexis, Thomas! An amazing range of plants.
  18. Great looking plants. Oh, for that Italian Sun!
  19. I sympathise completely. On Summer days, the inside of a greenhouse exists in a different dimension in time!
  20. Very nice Mike (sneaky ad, too!). Think you have a repeated flava photo in there by accident. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
  21. Impressive. In the greenhouse I find that flies can lose so much energy that they can be almost dead when they fall onto a Ping so difficult for me to say what was a sporting catch or not!
  22. Darwin wrote a theory about this kind of thing...
  23. Nice. My P. rectifolia is flowering, too, just now. It looks like the same clone.
  24. As has been mentioned, it is transitioning into a Wintering state (and was well on its way when you got it); probably because of a change of environment (less light/water?), maybe it is just a bit out of sync. Doesn't look anything to worry about to me. Just water it a little more than you would a normal house plant in this phase of growth. Let it sort itself out.