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About Mick

  • Birthday 06/26/1967

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  1. Just bought a label printer (Brother H105). I also bought some replacement tapes but realised they are not the laminated type. Is it essential to use laminated for my greenhouse plant labels or will the non-laminated be fine too, with regards to UV fading and wet conditions. Cheers, Mick.
  2. Hi, Looking back on my profile it seems I haven't been on here for about 9 years! Can't believe it, still got quite a number of sarracenia in the garden, but been away for a while (abroad not prison) and they need some attention. Just built a greenhouse and will start cleaning up my old plants, lost a few unfortunately. May need to restock, used to love S. leuco's and bought a few from Mike King years ago. Also love Drosera and noticed one has survived in a Sara pot all these years in the garden. Will be buying some seed soon and getting a nice collection of these lovely jewels again. Actually have some old drosera seed in the fridge, wonder if they will germinate after all these years? Cheers, Mick.
  3. Mick

    Help with Sarracenia

    Of course, when I say mine have stood in water most of the winter, I didn't actually water them myself, just what they gathered from rain, in the big trays I stand them in. I would be more acurate to say that I have totally ignored them for months. I really must get around to cutting away all the dead pitchers before they start to grow again. In fact quite a few need repotting as I can see some bulging pots ready to crack from the pressure! Cheers, Mick.
  4. Mick

    Help with Sarracenia

    I suppose it depends where you keep them. Mine have been standing in water more or less all winter. Athough they are kept outside in the fresh air, so not as much chance of any mould growing. I have been tipping the water trays out when they get too full, especially if it is cold enough to freeze. This doesn't seem to have done them any harm. A couple of sarras I kept in the window of my shed have not been watered all winter and the media has stayed moist. Have just brought them outside again last week along with my VFT's. Cheers, Mick.
  5. Mick

    New Season

    Amar, have you seen Alien recently, don't look too closely will you!!! Mick.
  6. Nice photos, I'm interested in the conditions they grow in. The ground looks like pure sand, is that the case? Also how wet was it. Cheers, Mick.
  7. Mick

    Orchid Id

    Thanks Dino, very useful info. Cheers, Mick
  8. Mick

    Orchid Id

    Thanks for the replies and advice. Do the roots need to photosynthesise or is it OK to put the transparent pot into a ceramic pot as well? Also, will it be OK in the small amount of bark chips (see photo below) or will it do better in some kind of orchid substrate mix? Many thanks, Mick.
  9. Mick

    Orchid Id

    My wife received an orchid as a gift. We have never had an orchid before and know nothing about them. Can anyone identify this orchid? The label just said 'Ceramic Orchid' which I presume is in reference to the ceramic pot it came with. Also how should I care for it? The label says: "A light position not less than 16.5 deg. C but away from direct sunlight and draughts. Wait until soil is almost dry before watering (about once a week). Feed with half strength house plant food, 3 waterings out of 4 during the summer. Reduce watering in winter". Does that sound about right? The substrate is just bark chips and nothing else. The platic pot it is in is see through so I can see lots of thick green roots (?) all coiled around and very little bark substrate, is this OK? Many rthanks, Mick.
  10. My two cephs did the same. All growth turned yellow and died within about a week. I left them a week or so and was going to throw them out. But then noticed lots of new tiny green growth starting to come through. So I pulled off all the dead stuff and I'm waiting to see if they fully recover. Looks promising so far. So don't give up even if it totally dies back. Mick
  11. Mick

    Seed Envelopes.

    But how do you then stop moisure getting in and spoiling the seeds? I put dry seeds into plain paper and then put them in a palstic sealable bag. Then no static problems and no moisture problems. Mick.
  12. Mick

    Seed Envelopes.

    I recently bought some off ebay. There is a powerseller with an ebay shop that seems very reasonable. I got 100 small bags (1.5 x 2.5") for £1.05 and that included the postage. They do many sizes so should have one that suits your needs. They we also very fast for delivery. Here's the address: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/AAA-Wrap-Send-It Also I think this should take you staight to the page for the bags. bag link I'm sure there are other sellers on ebay as well. Mick.
  13. I was prompted to post this after seeing the post from Brad about his VFT seed distribution again this year. I received some seed just under a year ago from Brad (many thanks) as I wished to grow some VFT's with different gentics to the ones I already had. I'm not interested in gross mutations but do like red forms. I currently only have some Akai Ryu from a plant I received from Mike King (doing very well and split into numerous new plants despite being kept outside in the UK) and also a couple of typical clones from B&Q from years ago. Anyway, to get to the point... Here is a photo of a seedling grown from Brad's VFT seed. It seems to have a distinct red tinge to the leaves (not just the traps). If this were a red form would it be more obviously red at this stage (about 10-11 months since germination)? This seedling is about 2cm across at its widest point (about 3/4 of an inch). Or do 'typical' VFT seedlings often have a red tinge at this stage? Seedlings from my own typical VFTs seem a lot more green although they are smaller than these. Mick P.S. Sorry for the not very good photo, my camera isn't that good and I should have used a tripod (if I had one).
  14. Thanks for the info. Mick
  15. OK, that's good news. I could pull off a few leaves, near to the base as possible and place them in sphagnum moss. How much do I bury into the medium? Just the thin part of the leaf near to the base or even up to about half way up the wide part? Mick :)