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  1. Dear CP growers, I am delighted to report some success in the cultivation of P. grandiflora. Please take some time to review the picture below. In 2012, I received seed and experienced a good rate of germination. Spurred on by the 'buttery', I purchased what must surely be a piece of fake tufa from the local aquarium specialist. It's a kind of chalk or Normandy stone that's been subject to water erosion. Pitted and knobbly, in short ideal material to stuff with a peat/clay mix and to semi-submerge in a bowl of rainwater. A few years later, and the seedlings have been transplanted into the moss. In 2015 or 2016 they flowered, and again this year too. What I like about this, is that here you have a stable and showable method of cultivating your hardy pings!!!
  2. Oh that's interesting. Great stuff! Thanks L8rs!
  3. Good afternoon esteemed CP-ers, I am writing this post to reach out to experienced growers anywhere with the following question:- "Does Drosera binata 'T form' actually exist?" I've been intermittently tending a mixed collection of CPs for many years, and try as I might, I've not yet succeeded in growing a form of binata that branches once and once only. OK, so my maintenance and repotting routines are not the best in the world and granted, the D. binata and its variants are lusty, vigourous and self-fertile so that it's likely I've often been supplanted in a given pot by mongrel offspring. Nonetheless, on occasions I've sought this and an old, faded plant label among my plants confirms the notion. If the 'T Form' does indeed exist , could anyone please confirm whether it comes true from seed. With thanks, Jonathan
  4. ewjlamb

    Sphagnum moss

    Hi! I think too that's great! People will especially appreciate live sphagnum in 'polarized' bundles. I mean, with the tips at the top. Way back I went to a collectors' open day in Norwich and bought some live sphagnum from the grower. We harvested it carefully from his cultivated plants and I never looked back. Incidentally, are you making a grow-list of the mosses you have discovered on your land? This would be a great WWOOFing opportunity for the right person!!!
  5. I have come across this charming volume in Project Gutenburg's online e-Book library: G. F. Scott Elliot - The Romance of Plant Life. Link: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/45930/45930-h/45930-h.htm#Page_201 There are very interesting descriptions of succession, development of peat bogs, and many references to carnivorous plants throughout - although primarily a work on the subject of 'ethnobotany' one would imagine, rather than botany, horticulture or ethnography. It really repaid a few hours' study!
  6. Yup I tend to agree with N Lowii. It looks like a combination of stressor environmental factors as well as possible insect damage at least on one of your S. purpurea hybrids. But hey some of those pics show magnificent success for all your very hard work. If you can spot tiny insects such as aphids lurking on young pitchers/phyllodes or in the rhizome; you could always try the old trick of a cotton wool soaked in meths. But despite what the books tell you, many CP's are not happy in your average room in a house and would be far better being left to their own devices outside . We try so hard to get our plants through freak weather seasons, or to give enough light intensity or whatever, but in my experience freshness is vital as is finding some kind of 'Tao' in one's cultivation efforts. I think that Feng Shui can be quite a useful way of approximating these things and also bear in mind that houses have very unnatural airflow mostly; and also that the micro-ecosystem in a particular plant pot can take a year on upwards to 'stabilise' in some cases if not others. Like myself, I think you probably err on the side of trying too hard - no discouragement or disrespect - and instead of trying to avoid getting things wrong why not just establish the basics, and observe disinterestedly what happens. My plants never grew so beautifully as when they were almost quite out of reach a few villages away!!! Good luck
  7. Smoke stratification with liquid smoke.....
  8. Bon, c'est a` dire, on fait le barbecue avec du charbon comme usual, puis au fin de cuisson (ou en atteignant un bon chauffage orange), on mets une grande quatite' au dessus d'ecorce de pin. Remplacer le couvercle du barbecue 'sputnik', regardez le refroidissement et ajouter, au bon moment, les pots (de la terre cuite) avec les graines pour fumer/ stratifier. Aussi, on peut condenser les fumes humides de temps en temps comme liquide a` huileux, dans un petit poe^lon. On fait en mettre avec de l'eau pour obtenir le liquide brun, comme vous voyez ici. Je crois, qu'il se contant des "karrikins", les chimiques pour aider germination de certaines graines. Ca marche avec Drosera cistiflora etc? Je ne sais pas.... encore!!!
  9. Below is the picture of my *fave* plant. Hope you like it.... grew very nicely this year. ....And now it's 'time' to sow some dastardly dormant droseras! In the flask is liqiud smoke from the BBQ
  10. Yes they have an enormous Nepenthes planned called 'The Nepenthes Julmeira' its made of millions of tonnes of sand and has several portions of real estate, each tendril of this fascinating artificial island to be sponsored by a botanic garden. It's only in the development stage currently however....
  11. Hi friends, I am thinking of putting together some materials for a stand on the ancient martial art of the way of the empty flowerpot. Any contributions, by way of pictures, text, etc from forum members past and present are most gratefully received and will be acknowledged when the project takes off. Thanks friends and good growing, Jon