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  1. Thanks I have a spray already do you think outside would help but I can’t provide the shade there.
  2. Hi all, my Longifolia is growing ok but not really thriving the leaves get big-ish but go brown quickly starting with brown blotchy patches. it’s grown midlands UK in a south facing window which is filtered, in a pot of pure sphag moss watered above and sitting in about cm of water which I let disappear before watering again. thanks.
  3. Hi I can’t log into the CPS web site, need to update my new email address I don’t see a forgot password option. should I just do a new account? Thanks.
  4. Hi all don't know if there is a thread or sticky already, had a quick search but couldn't see one. I was just wondering if it was worth starting a sticky on various sprays that we have used for bugs and insects and on what plants and the results so we all have an easy look up reference? for example I have recently used .. Bayer Garden Multirose 3 in 1 on VFT's and Sarracenias and all are ok and greenfly all gone, and traps growing well. James
  5. Haha I can imagine, these are inside on my windowsill so should be ok. and despite my very clumsy attempts at repotting they are growing great. James
  6. Even if all the top growth goes don't give up on it they can grow back. Also go easy on the watering give a day or so before watering I know everyone has their own theories etc etc, but I find a gap of a day maybe two works fine. Their roots are long so the gap in watering keeps the crown on the dry side but the roots are moist I'm trying some in air pots they seem to be liking it James
  7. Get some sundews in that'll give'em something to think about James
  8. Ahh Derbyshire rain the sweetest of all hahaha infact it's raining right now in Derby itself, as annoying it is I try and remember it's filling my water butts ready for the 2-3 days of summer we have. James
  9. I see, if you can I would definitely try and get them outside but also watch the watering as I'm guessing the jars won't have drainage. Mine are outside and just fend for themselves other than the watering, you can feed them but it must be live, and maybe only once or twice a month they didn't need a lot. They are quite self sufficient James
  10. Hi do you have a garden? They would much prefer that than a terrarium, a nice sunny spot with rain water and they will catch their own dinner. Failing that a nice sunny window, but you will need somewhere cold for winter dormancy. James
  11. Bummer it's only a few mins from me and I'm busy this weekend too
  12. I know you said not scissors but have you tried those multi blade scissors? I think they are made for shredding paper. or a herb chopper? (parsley etc not the other ....although...maybe lol) You can get manual choppers where you put the moss in a bowl put lid on and turn a handle to spin blade and chop it up. but why do you want the moss so fine anyway I leave mine fairly chunky even for cuttings and seeds James
  13. Here we go again all arguing about names and clones this is what depresses me so much about collecting Cephs and posting a picture, it always bring 3 pages of arguments yes I have named clones but so what if a giant decides to grow small pitchers I love it all the same. Cephalotus are so variable even in the same clone they are effected by too many variables. enjoy your plants for what they are a miracle of nature and evolution James ill wait here to be shot down now lol
  14. James

    A little eager

    If it was me I would bring them in this year maybe next with the others left out, depends on how cold it could get james
  15. James

    A little eager

    unsure to be honest they have been there months that's for sure. wasn't expecting any success so i didn't make any notes, previously they have all died. James
  16. James

    A little eager

    you mean the pullings? Tempted to do it now but I'm going to leave it a bit to make sure they have stronger roots.
  17. James

    A little eager

    The media is my own mix of hydroponic fertiliser free compost, pearlite and sharp sand in a rough ratio of 2-1-1, I go by feel rather than anything else. watering I fill the tray about 5mm up the side of the pots, when that's gone I give it roughly 2-3 days for air to get in and the compost to dry a little, using my finger to check at the top, then re water. if it's hot more water or shorter time between waterings, as you get more experienced you can adjust, I know they are bog plants but I err on the side of caution and go a little drier. im no expert by any means I just find this works for me. Thanks, James
  18. James

    A little eager

    The adults are south facing behind shade and tray watered The pullings are north facing unshaded and uncovered i like to keep it simple :) James
  19. James

    A little eager

    Thanks all, I had taken about 10 in total only these 2 survived. every time I see it I can't believe it has pitchers, it can't have much in the way of roots. i am thinking of repotting them soon James
  20. Hi all a couple of Ceph leaf pullings, they are only very tiny and already one has pitchers forming. is this normal? I'm guessing this one hungry lol x2 leaf pullings one with pitchers forming by James Cross, on Flickr
  21. Personally I wouldn't worry about the bag, too much of a risk of mould and fungus, if there are rotting pitchers and leaves you have missed the bag will make it worse let air get in and stop the rot. Me, I would place it some where bright but not strong light (eastern facing window?) and just keep moist not wet, you may even find that all the top growth will die, but stick with it with care they do grow back. I have had one that didn't travel in the post well and all the top died but it's in full vigour now, different I know but they do bounce back James
  22. eBay, local garden centre, hydroponic shop, B&q? There's a lot of places, it just boils down to a price you are willing to pay. James
  23. Most common cause of deformed traps in VFTs is green fly. I don't spray just squash them but I only have 2, others here have more so may be able to suggest a spray or something They also don't like dead food it needs to be alive this is so that they don't waste energy trying to digest a dead leaf or something. Some people massage the trap to stimulate the hairs inside mimicking the fly moving. James
  24. My giant form (see a previous post) has always had the standard lids, however the most recent and biggest one has a vertical lid nearly turning inside out. Not sure it can be solely attributed to genes, I suspect conditions play a part, as I have this year grown them behind the net curtains on a south facing window, where as last year they were fully exposed. I think as with all Cephalotus it's just something we will never figure. James
  25. James

    Giant form lid

    Yes I can!! Its a Ceph giant form that's it's label and that's what I bought it would appear, it sits proudly next to my Dudley Watts and my standard. There is an inherent issue with Cephs over the naming of variants as a Ceph named variety or not can change lid or pitcher shape/size from one year to another and a discussion which I'm not starting here as it has been discussed at length elsewhere on the forum. Just like them for what they are James