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  1. Cutting them off can result in shorter pitchers next season
  2. Every chance there are three separate, unconnected plants already. But you can just repot the bulbs together in one pot again.
  3. That plant looks very happy. No need to repot at the moment. In winter, when it's dormant, you can repot it. It'll spilt into at least three plants easy. Insects act as fertiliser. They photosynthesise like any other plant so can survive fine, but will grow faster and larger if catching insects.
  4. Interesting but I don't think the PPM of most planting mediums is indicative of being good or bad. Water high in TDS is due to calcium carbonate, sodium etc. So it is specific compounds that can cause problems rather than every dissolved solid.
  5. Sarracenia seedlings don't do great if they're crammed in like Japanese commuters and like being more spread out, but I've found VFTs aren't as bothered and can get to maturity just left to their own devices.
  6. Weird. I found it was really good - brown and mossy, just like peat used to be. The VFTs are fine in it.
  7. There was a discussion over Vitax a while ago, but it was a misunderstanding (Vitax peat is superb). Most peat suppliers won't catagorically confirm their peat is safe for carnivorous plants if you ask them. Personally I've found every brand to be absolutely fine, apart from Westland. But that was 10 years ago so might be ok now. It's a natural product at the end of the day, so there is always the chance some poorer quality product will be excavated whatever the brand.
  8. Ringed canes are what a lot of people use
  10. Alexis


    We can barely ship anything in or out of the UK now, let alone plants which require photosanitary certificates!
  11. Alexis


    Could do with sales being split - one for UK, one for the EU.
  12. Could also be natural dieback as dormancy begins. Keep it somewhere cool for the next 3 months
  13. Depends where you live. A lot of sarracenia just survive outside and look pretty ropey.
  14. No need. Big clumps of blanket weed grow in my big water trays!
  15. Alexis


    It wasn't Westland peat by any chance?
  16. Sorry for the delay in replying! Mix in as a percentage of the peat
  17. They're not receptive to pollen straight away, so I suppose you'd bag them after a couple of days, hand pollinate and put the bag back. Or just wait 3 days, hand pollinate and then bag.
  18. People usually bag the flowers after hand pollination.
  19. Any perlite off eBay that isn't Miracle Gro branded should be fine. It's pretty difficult to find perlite that is mixed with vermiculite (it should clearly say in the description if it is) or that isn't safe to be honest. But if you are planting outside bear in mind the perlite will just float to the top in the rain, making its inclusion a bit redundant. You might be better with potting grit. RHS Kelkay is a safe brand and you can buy it at Homebase. Bag illustration:
  20. I've never seen anything like that through lack of air flow. I'd just spray them with BugClear and see what happens.
  21. Yes you probably could grow all of them. Try asking here, they'll know your climate better: