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Everything posted by billynomates666

  1. A picture would be very useful. Cheers steve
  2. Generally hybrids exhibit the best vigour, although which one is best there are simply so many that I haven't grown I cant tell you. I have many different moorei's that are very vigorous, both named and home made mongrels. Cheers Steve
  3. Hi Hypno and welcome back!
  4. Hi Vince and welcome. Hope you've got some spare space you're going to need it these plants get very addictive. Cheers Steve
  5. Hi Jon and welcome back to the hobby and to the forums. Cheers Steve
  6. Hi Alexandre and welcome to the forums Cheers Steve
  7. Try as I might, I cannot get coir to replicate the results I get from peat for carnivorous plants, no matter what I mix it with.
  8. In answer to your question, some firm of evaporative cooler would be your most economic solution, however it will be massive compared to your set up.
  9. I grow a fair few outdoors in bogs and many tall ones do indeed blow over in high winds and rain. Over the years I have tried a few methods but never come up with anything better than a stake and stiff wire. As Ada say, unless you have the time and can be creative with how you position it (you can loose a lot of the impact if you have a lot of plants close together and 'hide' the stake in the general morass of pitchers and position the wire about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up the pitchers) it can detract from the overall display. Having said that flattened pitchers look worse. Cheers Stev
  10. It says in the write up free from artificial additives. Are you thinking of Westland peat? Cheers Steve
  11. Hi Shane and welcome to the forums and absorbing hobby. If you are after information there is plenty here, and if you cant find what you need just ask, someone here will know the answer! Cheers Steve
  12. Hi mark and welcome to the forums. Cheers Steve
  13. H Dan nice to see you back. Welcoome Cheers Steve
  14. 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
  15. Hi Flytrap_canada and nice to see you back after a long time. Look forward to the sharing of the knowledge! Cheers Steve
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Hi AleCrb and welcome - good luck with your cephalotus Cheers Steve
  20. That looks great, will fill out well and look a treat next year - Love the Smithy's work Cheers Steve
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. With that amount of Brownie points you should be entitled to a badge ... or another plant. Cheers Steve
  24. 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
  25. 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