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Everything posted by Alexis

  1. Yes, you can pot up bare rhizome with no roots at all and it'll grow back. The supposed big thing about Japanese Knotweed is that it'll regrow from a tiny bit of rhizome, but so do a lot of plants, including sarracenia. How much light is your plant getting though? It looks a bit light starved
  2. Just been to Aldi and they have 210 litre waterbutts for £19.99 if anyone's interested.
  3. I think it was one of the earliest man made hybrids and so was given a latin name just because someone happened to create it. Presumably it looks similar to catesbaei, possibly even like 'Vogel' with the psittacina genes. It should be pretty easy to create if anyone had a catesbaei purpurea backcross, but I don't think there's much appetite in creating it because I doubt it'll result in spectacular plants.
  4. Don't use boiled water. Rainwater or distilled only.
  5. It hasn't got any fresh 2018 traps by the looks of it. Wait a few weeks and it should be good to go.
  6. Back in the day I had a few VFTs on a windowsill and they did well. I had to move them to a relative's greenhouse in winter for dormancy though
  7. It's the risk of botrytis in the stagnant air of a greenhouse. You can keep them as wet as you like outside in winter in moving air.
  8. The bell jar will cut out the amount of light because it'll have to travel through an extra pane of glass. You'll also increase the chance of problems because of the stagnant air. I'd keep them as they are.
  9. They're fine being frozen solid, and they'll still be blocks of ice whether in or out of water (if the weather is cold enough). We only keep them damp in winter to avoid botrytis developing in the dark and damp still air. Outside you can keep them permanently in water. Anyway, this weekend doesn't look too bad. Just cool and wet, and a light frost Thursday night. There isn't a Beast 3 on the way.
  10. No loose roots in the packaging? Presumably it has a grow point?
  11. They'll be happier in the greenhouse because they won't be affected by the drying wind. A lot of us lost plenty of plants in 2010. It got down to -13 to -15C, so I suspect the more sensitive sarracenia have a lower limit of -12ish.
  12. A lot of the US guys seem to prefer syringing it into pitchers, sarracenia seedlings in particular.
  13. Their peat may well be perfectly fine today, but considering all my fly traps nearly died in it about 7 years ago, I won’t buy it ever again.
  14. It worked for me the other day but it’s now gone behind a paywall for some reason. Strange. It basically said that peat free trials weren’t going as successfully as hoped and that Gove was looking at the possibility of taxing it rather than banning it in 2020 at the moment.
  15. If it's the Kelkay stuff it seems to say quartzite on the bag but granite on the website! I'm doing some soil experiments and potted some flytraps and sarracenia up in a variety of mixes back in August, including some with the Kelkay potting grit. Everything seems fine in it so far, but need to see how they do when the growing season starts. I'm not really sure what the advantage is in swapping 50% of the perlite for potting grit is though personally. I'm leaning towards 25% Melcourt / 25% peat / 50% perlite, but like I say we'll see how these do compared with mixes with potting grit, 100% Melcourt etc.
  16. I don't think they experience many winter burns in the wild so I'm not sure they are as tolerant to being cut down in the same way as sarracenia. I leave mine alone.
  17. When it all hinges on the likes of Michael Gove I think all bets are off.
  18. It’s a very common unknown Dutch hybrid. You come across it in garden centres all the time and this same topic comes up every few months. You’ll never find out for definite I’m afraid.
  19. They were probably given tap water in the shop. I’d repot ASAP