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Everything posted by billynomates666

  1. 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
  2. Yep you’re hooked. Best of luck and enjoy the pleasure these plants bring. cheers Steve
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Ahh poor Ben, may he rest in pieces. It may seem a bit callous, but he has hundreds of worthy relations out there looking to be adopted, jump back in, give some of his kin a home, it's what he would have wanted. As Dunc says if you can keep the plants outside pease do, the sun wind and rain do them a lot of good and make them more robust, turgid and colourful. Cheers Steve
  9. Hi Bens Mum Unfortunately it looks like Ben has rhizome rot. lift the rhizome and snap it in half, it should be white inside, if it is brown and corky, cut that back progressively till you hit solid white, which if there is any, is likely to be at the very end by what would be the growing tips. If you find white rhizome plant it in NEW sterile media or Sphagnum and keep very wet and you may get a result. Get rid of the old media and dead rhizome in a sanitary manner. Good luck, I think you will need it. Steve
  10. Hi cplant and welcome to a fascinating and absorbing hobby. As Ada indicates, there is a Sales and Wants section which you can avail yourself of once you meet the qualifying criteria, similarly there is the members seedbank which is a great resource and also a there is a section on carnivorous plant websites that you can look through and get a lot of information from. Assuming they still go ahead with all the current problems, there are also various members open days where plants are bought/sold/traded, which are advertised in the forum. Cheers Steve
  11. Hi nnnnicos and welcome to the forums. Nice to have you in the forums as a member. If you need any advice for your plants feel free to ask here, these people will know the answer to almost anything you can ask. Good growing Steve
  12. Nice to see them in habitat, nice pictures. Cheers Steve
  13. Welcome to what is an absorbing hobby Tim. Any information you need can be found here , amongst friendly and helpful experts, so do a bit of research, get your wallet out and watch the quids diminish. Good luck with the allotment and GH Cheers Steve
  14. welcome to the forums Mike Cheers Steve
  15. Hi Paul and welcome aboard! Cheers Steve
  16. Hi Platty It depends really, as most of my plants are outside I tend to do it in spring when the plant is coming out of dormancy so that any root damage, minor wounds etc caused by repotting or relocating are not left open for weeks and months before they can repair/callous over. However like most I have repotted now and other times of the year without many disasters. Cheers Steve
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Hi RepublicDos and welcome to the forums. If you are up for learning you have come to a great resource. Cheers Steve
  20. Hi TG and welcome to the forums, sounds like you have great conditions for plants, that don,t need dormancy. Cheers Steve
  21. Morning Cap and welcome to the forums. Cheers Steve
  22. 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
  23. Morning Harry and welcome! Im sure that the other half will grow to love them as much as you do Cheers Steve
  24. 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