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  1. H Dan nice to see you back. Welcoome Cheers Steve
  2. What you have there is mostly carpet and star moss rather than sphagnum, so you should be fine, the caret moss wont grow vigorously enough to cause the seedlings any problems and the wretched star moss can be pulled out in single strands as it grows if needed. Cheers Steve
  3. Hi Flytrap_canada and nice to see you back after a long time. Look forward to the sharing of the knowledge! Cheers Steve
  4. Not a problem being cool enough, a lot depends on what containers your plants are in as to whether they need protection. Beware frequent freeze/thaw cycles and desiccant winds. High mass containers/medium are obviously better than small pots. Cheers Steve
  5. You can, but even big south facing windows cut down the light quite a bit so you wont get full coloured specimen plants. They really are better outside, and they can get dormancy better out there too. Cheers Steve
  6. Welcome to you both, Im sure you will find the forums informative and if you need to know anything, then there enough specialists available here to answer any questions or problems you may have. Cheers Steve
  7. Hi AleCrb and welcome - good luck with your cephalotus Cheers Steve
  8. That looks great, will fill out well and look a treat next year - Love the Smithy's work Cheers Steve
  9. I too am Sarracenia biased and grow mine outdoors in bogs all year round, probably the best value Sarracenia outdoors (although not my favourite) is 'Dixie Lace' as it goes through the winters well, keeping its pitchers without damage for normally two years or more, grows into a good looking clump readily, is good to look at both close up and from a distance, needs little maintenance and looking good through winter when everything else is brown and toppled over, always makes you warm to a plant. Otherwise for satisfaction, you have to go with the 'lookers' big mooreis, red flavas, leucophylla
  10. Hi Steve and welcome from a fellow Steve. Sounds like you are going to need a lot more space or a bog in the not too distant future. Cheers Steve
  11. With that amount of Brownie points you should be entitled to a badge ... or another plant. Cheers Steve
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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