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  1. Hi jpjeffery They dont like hard water I'm afraid which may be some of the problem. Flush it through a few times with rainwater, if you can, to get rid of the build up of minerals, then stand it in a shallow tray of water - yes they do like it wet during the growing season. They are OK with high temperatures but start to loose dew if kept for long periods in temperatures above something like 30C. If you can give it more light than a NW window, please do, they are OK outside if you have a garden Good luck Steve
  2. Fortunately its a capensis so is nigh on indestructible, how long have you had it? has it dried out? has it been over 30C? what water have you been using to water it? Anyhow, assuming its a physical manifestation rather than pests, remove the dead brown bits, stand it in a tray of rainwater/distilled/RO water till at least September about 25mm deep, give it every last photon of light you can, but not excessive temperatures and it will come back all dewey and green. Then repot in spring if you want/need to using a 50/50 mix of Sphagnum moss peat and perlite. Cheers Steve
  3. Deionised water is good, has a PH of 7 when pure but reduces as it absorbs C02, again no problem. Depending on the process used to produce it, it can still hold organic and bacterial matter. Some say it is too aggressive, not so, it is because it is pure that it readily absorbs contamination from other sources that make it look aggressive. Cheers Steve
  4. Hi Mel Sounds like you've hot the bug!!!!! Cheers Steve
  5. Hi propag8 and welcome to the forums. I'm sure that there will be members here who can assist with your quest. Cheers Steve
  6. Bargain but too far away without needing an eye test.....
  7. Very nice indeed. Thats a stonkin wooden bench up the middle, did you make it? I like the cantilever aluminum staging too, creates space, does it come with a load limitation?. Cheers Steve
  8. I grow mine in living Sphagnum standing in 50mm of water all summer in a greenhouse in the UK. It survives the winter, keeping it just damp, with no further protection in the greenhouse and we are a similar hardiness zone, if a little cooler. It is native to Brazil at all sorts of altitudes, so I would immagine in Italy you shouldn't have too many problems. Cheers Steve
  9. Yep you’re hooked. Best of luck and enjoy the pleasure these plants bring. cheers Steve
  10. Hi George There are still some garden centres that sell peat. I see you are in the Midlands, peat is generally almost exclusively available from private nurseries, I get mine from Grasmere garden centre in Brownhills (this varies between Shamrock and Westland which I think isn't as good) or another garden centre near Stourbridge the name of which escapes me but I can find if needed, also the Plant Pot in Lichfield also used to have some but they have also changed from Shamrock to Westland A bit of research at local nurseries, should get you 60 litres or more of peat for less than a tenner, and they will have perlite too, but that will be more expensive. Mix them up in 50/50 mix and away you go. They may have sphagnum for hanging baskets too. Cheers STeve
  11. Hi Weedabix I've never heard of seagulls taking a fancy to Sarracenia and there are a fair few growers close to the coastal regions in this forum - so a qualified no to that one. No plant likes abrupt changes in environment, especially on a daily basis, if you have Sarracenias put them outside and if they are braced against the wind (including sticks and ties to the pitchers if necessary), stood in water and in full sun, they should acclimate to the conditions unless the area is exceptionally exposed. Fungus gnats are not normally a big problem and can be controlled. Cheers Steve
  12. Hi George The pipe will stop the sink from overflowing, providing the holes in the side of it allow water out faster than its falling from the sky. The pipe can be any length you like if you put the holes in the side, raising it above the soil level will stop the medium falling down the hole. The sink doesnt look like it has a lot of capacity? so I would tend to put the holes about half way up to give you some water reservoir capacity, much lower and you will be watering frequently, much higher and you risk anerobic conditions. Cheers and good luck Steve
  13. Bottled water isnt distilled water and does contain nutrients so wouldnt be a good alternative. Water sold for irons or car batteries are distilled or RO but some aquarium specialists (if you can fin done thats open) sell RO water which is perfect. If you have access to an AC unit the water from that can be used. In the short term if plants are dying, any water is better than none and pots can be flushed with rain/distilled water later if tap water has to be used. I collect water off my shed felted roofs, and my house roof, it raises the mineral content slightly (worse in light rain or infrequent showery conditions) but not enough to worry about, according to my TDS machine the 'pure' rainwater is 8-12 ppm and the roof water varies form 8 -15 with the dust and muck that accrues on it. If you feel rich enough you could buy a Reverse Osmosis machine. Cheers Steve
  14. Hi jolugs13 and welcome to the forums and back to the hobby. There is a sales and wants section for plants, for which there is a qualifying period before you can use it and there is a Carnivorous Plant Website section which has a plethora of places where you can obtain materis. Cheers Steve