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  1. Heck Nigel, That was quick!! Best Regards Andy
  2. You can get hold of tuning forks pretty easily on Flea-bay. I bought a "set" for £11 only. It contained 5 or 6 different frequencies. I started using the 250Hz fork but this didnt seem to work very well at all so I then switched to the 510Hz fork and the pollen flew out in huge quantities!! I have put the spare pollen in small open tubes, standing in a bed of dessicant beads, and then in a sealed tub, in the fridge. Stored like this the pollen remains viable for up to 12 months. Good luck all. Andy
  3. Hello, I have had both in cultivation for many years now. I treat both of them the same, which involves growing them in an unheated greenhouse, which regularly gets frost bound each year, using the tray method as per Cephalotus. I think S. caespitosum is one of the easiest sps to grow in our UK conditions. Frost hardy. flowers every year. Robust. Hope this helps? Andy
  4. Yeah, those N.lowii were quick to germinate and with a high % germination rate. Same for the N.vielliardii seeds. But alas nowt from the rajahs yet!! I am awaiting some fresh .N.lavicola seeds right now so that might be a nice one to try. 15 years is nothing!! Isn't it???!! Only 14 years and 10 months to go then! Andy
  5. Surely its worth having a go yourself??!! Thats half the fun...hoping for success but half expecting failure!! There is no shame in failure. How can you win or lose if you don't run the race?? I have just had masses off N.lowii germinate...but none of my N.rajah!! If it was easy everybody would be doing it!! Besides, how are you going to keep your surrogate seedlings alive and well if you don't already have the right cultivation conditions in place for Nepenthes?? I am now using a mix of supersphag and vermiculite having moved away from using finely chopped live green sphag
  6. Hello Girls!! Whats been going on here then??!! Apologies for not getting involved sooner but have been away on business to the Seafood Expo in Brussels - part of the "day job". Firstly, many, many thanks to so many CPUK Forum Members who tipped me off that things were getting heated - its been frustrating not being able to respond or even to find out what the problem was!! So...Ledge Bay doesnt exist (according to the Thead title)??!! Thanks to those who have pointed out in this thread that it does! So I guess thats that cleared up then??!! Special Well done to Marcus B for rec
  7. Hi All, I have been following this thread with interest. Just so you are all aware, all the traceable Triffid Albany Blacks that I have sold/parted with since they were first released have been supplied with a Unique Number which is known to the owners of genuine clones only. If therefore, you have any doubts about the heritage of your Triffid Albany Blacks, go back to the vendor and ask what this unique ID number is. If you then email me via my Triffid Nurseries email address, I will be able to check through my records and hopefully, validate the fact that you have a descendant leaf pu
  8. Hello Ian, I am sorry that you feel mislead. Richard is correct, in that you can only get the true clone by division or leaf cutting. The seed you have bought is taken from a genuine Akai ryu clone which I have pollinated using pollen from another genuine Akai Ryu clone. However, in botanical circles this is NOT an acceptable way of propagating the true clone. For example, although I did the pollination by hand, with a brush, perhaps a Bumble bee flew into the polytunnel the day before (when I wasn't looking) and pollinated that same flower....with pollen from another VFT clone? You just ca
  9. Hi Daniel, No offence taken I assure you. Thanks for your kind words. Stay handsome! Andy
  10. Hi Daniel, Thats fair enough. I have been growing Cephs for just over 28 years now and I can confirm that this is no "fake". Its a very real, living, very dark coloured Cephalotus clone that I have been growing for a number of years now and is a plant that I am particularly proud of. You certainly won't have seen this particular plant around before (unless you have visited Triffid Nurseries in recent years) since I have never sold one, nor given one away before. Alot of growers guard their favourite plants with a passion!! I am no exception. Finally, I have no wish to mislead anyone. Neve
  11. I too am interested to see what this sells for. Daniel G. Why are "alarm bells" ringing? Please explain. Andy
  12. Hi Martin,

    Thanks for getting in touch - I hope you are well.

    I am afraid I had no success at all.

    I would like to try again though. I would like to buy some more if they were avialable.

    Kind Regards

    Andy

  13. Hi Martin,

    Thanks for getting in touch - I hope you are well.

    I am afraid I had no success at all.

    I would like to try again though. I would like to buy some more if they were avialable.

    Kind Regards

    Andy

  14. Hi, Usually I send out all plants 'bare-rooted' however in some circumstances I just send the whole pot! What you are seeing here is the result of 'blow-ins'. These are seeds from other species of cp that have blown in from the seed heads of neighbouring Cp's grown in the near vicinity of your D. binata 'Small Red Form'. One of the most usual 'bow-ins' is D. spatulata however they could also be juvenile D. capensis, aliciae etc. These blow ins are pretty hard to avoid I'm afraid but if you are so inclined, you could always de-pot them and give them a life of their own. I hope the Small Red
  15. Hi Tricky, Glad to see that you got some interesting plants from our seed!! I have checked my records from back in 2007 and I can confirm that there would have been a good deal of Open-Pollenation taking place on those plants. We were in the process of getting ready to relocate from Devon up to Suffolk so it was all abit hectic planning to move over 10,000 pots of plants! Anyway, just to clear up one other point you mention "someone said that Triffd Nurseries get their seed from Australia".....yes we do, and from Malayasia, USA, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Holland etc etc, but all from long-s
  16. Hi Hayden, I can see that you are really keen (which is great to see!) and that you are monitoring your seeds hourly by the looks of it! Most Cp's are bog plants so its pretty hard to drown them however the risk, as you know, is drying out. You have chosen VFT seeds to have a go at so its important that once sown, the seed tray does not dry out. Keep it standing in rain water a couple of cms deep. This will keep the bottom of the tray saturated and everything above the water line will gradually become less wet as the height above the water level increases. This should ensure that the surface
  17. "The guy who runs it is lovely" You are making me blush LJ!!!! In order to further clarify our VFT seed situation, I have adopted your excellent suggestion and have ammended the website accordingly. My intention was never to mislead - many apologies to anyone who feels they have been. Kind Regards Andy
  18. Hello, Thankfully for our hobby, NOT all seeds germinate as easily and readily as D. capensis!! This is what makes the challenge of germinating CP seeds so interesting - the multitude of different things we have to do into trying to convince each seed "now is the time to germinate". Unfortunately, this means lots and lots of failures, but even bigger thrills when it works! In terms of Byblis, some species are easier than others to germinate, (you dont say which sps you have tried) nevertheless, I always pre-soak my Byblis seeds in a saturated solution of both GA3 and Smoke Water for 48 hour
  19. I just wish that the photo of the D. erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa 'Sand Growing Form' did it justice in terms of the the red colour!!! It really is as near to a 'beetroot red' as you could get!! Its stunning. (The rosette is about 6cm in diameter for htose who want an indication of scale!) Andy
  20. Hi Everyone, Big Thanks to those of you who have made such positive comments about our latest Homepage. I have set myself the challenge of adding new photos every month for the 'Triffid Now' section and hope that this will help to keep everything 'Live'. Hope everyone is having a great growing season. Good Luck All. Andy
  21. Hi Jim, A Polytunnel is an alternative growing house to a greenhouse. Its made of polyethene and tubular steel instead of glass and aluminium. Kind Regards Andy
  22. HI Jim, I have 3 sps flowering at this moment. All my sps are being grown in an unheated Polytunnel. All have survived unheated through a particularly rough winter. Got down to minus 5 IN my polytunnel. All are being grown on the usual tray system - rainwater only. I do allow the water to dry up before re-filling though. Other than that, really nothing special. All the Best Andy
  23. Hello, I currently grow 12 diffferent sps pf Stylidium but recently sowed the seed of a further 30 species! I soaked all the seed in a saturated solution of Giberellic Acid and also added a Smoke Water Paper disk as well to mimick the bush fires etc in its natural habitat. I sowed the seed as I would most 'normal' CP seed using a mix of sphagnum moss peat, grit sand and perlite. Alot of the seed trays are now showing signs of germination (thats 4-5 weeks after sowing) - I am hoping that the others will show signs of life soon! Hope this helps!! Andy
  24. Hi, Stylidium grow naturally in very similar environments as Cp's so any standard CP soil mix works well (and the recipes above will be fine) however I find that the addition of extra sharp sand helps. ( I currently grow 16 Stylidium sps. btw) Hope this helps Andy [uote name=JohnP' date='10th April 2010 - 08:43 AM' post='266799] I've got Stylidium debile growing in 2 parts peat , 1 part sharp sand and 1 part perlite.
  25. Malathion - never fails!!! Make sure though that you allow the insecticide to get right down under the the folds on the rhizome. Andy