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  1. Yes I use coir extensively and have been peat free for 25+ years. The “best “ coir is bought certified salt free from some suppliers like Canna or fertile Fibre. You can also rinse in soft water, couple of rinses can work wonders, doesn’t have to be a long soak
  2. Well mine never flower, summer is too short. Drosera flowers often only open for a couple of hours around noon on sunny days, so you may just be missing them
  3. No need to be outdoors
  4. CANCELLED. sorry mostly my fault, got a lurgy and lost my voice, and this would finish me off Harlow Carr CPS weekend 7-8 Aug 2021 Members free any volunteers to help welcome
  5. Not had much luck on coco peat, but grows ok on coir chunks for me
  6. Leave them, quite a few people cultivate them to provide food for plants, also to eat detritus and fungi
  7. I had a plant do this once , cause was broad mites
  8. They are globular springtails, harmless.
  9. My open day this year is planned for Sat 3rd July 2021. 12-5. All welcome. Plants for sale and refreshments available.
  10. Benzalkonium chloride is a common disinfectant and I’ve used it to disinfect pots. I would want to let it run for quite a while before using the water though
  11. Depends what the biocide and coating are, can you ask?
  12. I would always wash sand, and also test it with acid
  13. After many years of growing the plant, and then nearly losing it, I’ve been paying it a bit more attention. I lost most of my plants by moving them to the greenhouse, which I think is too cold and damp in winter. I’ve also noticed that my sole survivor has been growing a lot over the winter, and hardly at all over summer, so maybe it’s mainly a winter grower so needs a little water then, but no too cold so it does not rot.
  14. I’ve tried growing various Pinguicula in lime rich mixes with no discernible benefit. pH does not seem to make a difference to growth, they don’t seem to care much about their compost
  15. They’re in a frost free greenhouse
  16. My madagascariensis die back to the ground in winter and resprout in spring,
  17. Queensland Drosera word do ok, adelae, prolifera, schizandra, Andromeda. I grow Andromeda in a large jar on a north facing windowsill
  18. Yes I have one in coco husk chips, doing well!
  19. No that’s not the case. Sarracenia are quite happy on a sunny windowsill as long as they get a cool winter rest. The best place for Sarracenia in most of the U.K. is an unheated greenhouse or polytunnel, as you get about 3 months extra growth and higher temps. Outdoors you can grow quite a few species, more in the south, less in the north...
  20. Hi. Yes putting a bit of water in nepenthes pitchers can help shipped plants settle down. Neps are not fussy and almost any plant feed is good at half strength. Standing in a bit of water is ok occasionally If you are away. Or try a tray of sand, stand on that and water sand well to the point of water logging , should last a while
  21. Looks an interesting plant!