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  1. Hi BloodyVince and welcome, once you get started in this hobby it does tend to take over a bit. Good luck in search of the cultivars you seek. Cheers Steve
  2. I have mine in a 12" shallow pot full of live Sphagnum standing in a tray of water 2" deep in summer, just damp in winter and it grows well every year. I have not tried any other medium for this plant. Cheers Steve
  3. Hi RepublicDos and welcome to the forums. If you are up for learning you have come to a great resource. Cheers Steve
  4. Hi TG and welcome to the forums, sounds like you have great conditions for plants, that don,t need dormancy. Cheers Steve
  5. Morning Cap and welcome to the forums. Cheers Steve
  6. Hi wiganddavid and welcome to the forums. I think everyone here started with small collections! Feel free to ask anything you want, there is a wealth of experience and knowledge here that will answer any questions you may have. Cheers Steve
  7. Morning Harry and welcome! Im sure that the other half will grow to love them as much as you do Cheers Steve
  8. HI Eston Villan and welcome to CPUK. It is that sort of hobby I'm afraid, you going to need a lot of space and a fat wallet! Cheers Steve
  9. Hi Jonny_P and welcome, I am a little bit clairvoyant and I can sense a new greenhouse coming to Hampshire in spring Cheers Steve
  10. Seedlings can be fertilised with a weak fertiliser (normally a tenth of the normal plant dosage) by foliar spray or pipette into the pitcher and derive benefit. However I have absolutely no experience with worm casts on CPs so cant advise the dilution required, nor the possible action of the 'beneficial' bacteria in pitchers. The results will be interesting, note the type of Sarracenia fertilised as not all make digestive enzymes. Cheers Steve
  11. Hi Rachelsr and welcome to the wonderful world of CPs, you will find the answer to any question you may have from the growers here. Cheers Steve
  12. Hi Magnus and welcome to the forums Cheers Steve
  13. Looks like an alba, give it a few days in some sun and you will be able to tell. Cheers Steve
  14. Nepenthesman makes a fair point, peat breaks down as the PH raises and tends towards a dust like medium which constricts air movement to the roots. I have successfully revitalised old media by mixing it with pine chips/shavings to add larger spaces for air into the mixture and adding sulphur chips to redress the lost PH, the eventual breakdown of the pine adds tannins and acidity over a longer term than the sulphur. it isn’t as good as new peat but it works for me and as I grow most of my plants outdoors all year, they will not make specimin plants, but are nice enough in my eyes, this way saves money and natural resources, which if you are replacing a bog can be considerable. Cheers Steve