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  1. I'm pretty sure I bought the standard non-organic coir but I'm also pretty sure that it wasn't shrink wrapped so it's possible that their supplier has changed. I know this isn't a great deal of use but I've been using the stuff I bought for two years now with no adverse effects at all. Obviously it's better to get coir that's not got a high salt content but if you want to be certain just wash the coir before use. That's what Borneo Exotics do. I don't rate Moorland Gold BTW either. It's full of weed seeds (you can buy a heat treated version though) but mainly I don't like it because it's got
  2. Hi Richard, I think I'd go for the compressed bricks. Not only are they easier to store and transport but you can rehydrate what you need. Buffering as I understand it, is simply a way to ensure the medium is set at a specific pH level. However, the buffered products don't actually say what pH they are buffered to. Much depends on your water as well. If you water is naturally acidic (i.e. soft) then you can probably get away without buffering the coir. I know a lot of commercial growers use coir use buffered products but usually it's buffered to a specific pH - 5.5 seems a good one for most
  3. Richard, I just buy the regular stuff. It looks as if you are right that they don't delivery to Ireland. That's a pain - though it's always worth sending an email to them to see if they can quote you. I've never understood how it can be one rate to Northern Ireland and another to the south! I'd offer to ship some on for you but I think the delivery costs are likely to be more than the cost of the coir. Maybe they have a local distributor. Worth asking definitely. Phil
  4. Dave, Are you saying your wife has a bigger collection of Sarracenia than you! I think you should pull your finger out, blow the dust off your cheque book and go out and buy some from Mike King. I'm sure he's got some spares he can let you have cheap. :-) I found the same thing as you when I tried coir some years ago - that it breaks down quite quickly and turns into a nasty sludge. I think this is at least partly down to the quality of the coir. Certainly what I've got from Fertile Fibre seems remarkably resistant to breaking down. The first Sarracenia I tried in it was two years ago and it
  5. Richard, A new thread on what grows well in coir is a great idea. For the record I have Darlingtonia, Sarracenia, Nepenthes and VFT all growing very nicely in coir. Last year I tried an experiment using coir and coir chunks which has been a great success. The coir chunks act to open the soil up but they also hold a lot of water without becoming soggy. I've also been using a coarse fibrous form of coir which has also given good results. I think the quality of coir available now is probably a lot better than it used to be. I tried some quite a few years ago and it was dreadful stuff which star
  6. Dave et al, Buying your coir in small blocks can work out expensive. I buy mine from Fertile fibre. A large block will hydrate to 70l which is the equivalent of a small bag of peat. You do need something quite large to soak something this size in though. I use an old plastic dustbin. Even so, buying these large blocks singly is a bit expensive but if you get a few at a time the price drops dramatically. Even buying two drops the price from £10 each to £7.44. Get four block and the price is a very reasonable £5.60 each. These prices are inclusive of postage too. It's got to be worth a few loca
  7. Really? I never knew this. Do you have anymore details such as where and when it was put there (or discovered anyway). Does the plant thrive under the Irish sun and rain? Phil
  8. Nigel - we always try to educate. If that doesn't work then we treat peat users like criminals. :-) I think the point about conservation is that its far better to conserve the environment the plants grow in than just the plants. We often forget that carnivorous plants are not the only species that grow in peat bogs. Well I do anyay... Peat bogs are host to a wonderful and complex array of flora and fauna which are completely destroyed when the peat is extracted. Phil (The peat anarchist!)
  9. I don't use peat. Haven't done so for a couple of years now and haven't missed it at all. I think I find being refered to as a "peat fascist" very offensive! Phil
  10. To fill in a few more details on this. When the new website was being developed it was always our intention to add in an online members' database. This has many advantages for the committee, and in particular, the membership secretary but it also has some significant advantages for individual members. On line databases do not come cheap because usually they are developed from scratch rather than bought as an off the shelf package. When the website was being developed we did not have the funds to do both at the same time. What I'm not entirely sure about is what you want from a members' only a
  11. I think the lidless plant is the marmite of the Sarracenia world. You either love it or hate it! I like marmite too... :-) I had two completely separate clones of this type of plant. One originated from a batch of seeds (I think it was rubra ssp jonesii x flava but don't quote me on that one). This plant produced heavily veined pitchers but they never formed properly the pitcher being flattened. I think I got the clone pictured from Graham Sadd, many years ago. As I recall, this was also a chance seedling so something must have been in the air around then. Alex - why have you put a c.v. after
  12. I thought the unknown flava might be the old Slack cross, flava red tube x alata red lid but having looked at the pic on my computer instead of my phone I'm not so sure. I think it might be a plant from a cross I made of two of my best var atropurpurea clones from the Blackwater State forest. The seedlings were quite varied with some coming up lightly veined and others solid red and lots of variation in between. How tall does the alata get Alex? I had a whole load of seedlings from the White's Crossing site in Mississippi where the plants are incredibly varied ranging from all green through r
  13. There are no plans to have a members only section at the moment. To be honest it just created masses of work for Dennis who had to deal with the mound of emails every day from members who had forgotten their password. And also I feel that what we have on offer should be available to all anyway. When we bring in the online database there will be an area where the member can log on to get his or her details. Mainly this will be account details so for instance they will be able to update postal and email addresses. We may have a secure download area there for things like past journals and plantas
  14. I am pleased to announce that we have finally completed the new CPS website which is now officially live, though in practice, it might take a few hours to propagate the site around the various servers. This site has been long in development, way longer than me or any of the other committee members, the beta testers and indeed the developer had imagined! But I believe we have now a fantastic, up to date and informative site that will take us forward. New features on the site include a history section, online membership, a shop where you can order assorted CPS related stuff, the Seedbank which
  15. Adrian, I'm slightly confused - isn't the PVB luteola antho free anyway? I'm pretty sure the seedlings I sent you originated from Christien Klein though not directly from him so they wouldn't actually be luteoa anyway since this is a cultivar. I may be wrong of course! Christien had a chance appearance of antho free seedlings in his greenhouse. I'm pretty sure the seed was from his own plants though I can't be certain of this. Also I've no idea whether the plants in question had produced normal seed before or if they are/were in fact heterozygous for antho free. Jumping to one of Dave's pos