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  1. 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
  2. Depends what the biocide and coating are, can you ask?
  3. I would always wash sand, and also test it with acid
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. They’re in a frost free greenhouse
  7. My madagascariensis die back to the ground in winter and resprout in spring,
  8. Queensland Drosera word do ok, adelae, prolifera, schizandra, Andromeda. I grow Andromeda in a large jar on a north facing windowsill
  9. Yes I have one in coco husk chips, doing well!
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. Looks an interesting plant!
  13. Scatter more Drosera capensis between problem pots?
  14. Do you know which bisquamata? The ‘Betty’s Bay’ cultivar is free flowering so probably not that. The “normal” weedy bisquamata can often just produce cleistogamous flowers and you will just see the round brown seed capsules, any sign of those? There is a form from Hermanus thatI have been unable to flower myself. Try the ‘Betty’s Bay’, its very rewarding.
  15. Two weeks to go, looks like weather is warming up!
  16. It’s not illegal to collect seed for personal use unless the site is protected like SSSI status (many wetlands are SSSI) but these species are widely available in cultivation so you should not need to collect