James O'Neill

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  1. Could it be because its mostly last year's growth? My cephs are only just growing their fresh new pitchers for this year and the pitchers from last year are as you say dull and older looking, though perfectly healthy.
  2. Good to see you here Mark! Make room among your orchids and Galanthus for some carnivores!
  3. To be absolutely clear, as I've never had to read too carefully into all this before, am I right in saying that if we leave the EU and we wish to receive plants from Europe: - all Sarracenia, Dionaea, and Nepenthes will require CITES documents and phytosanitary documents. - all other live plants - Drosera, Utricularia, Pinguicula etc. will require phytosanitary documents. ?
  4. Agreed Phil, there is very little respect for habitats and protected areas as it is and it's very sad! Look at the case of the Nightingales at Lodge Hill, Kent (http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/northwardhill/b/northwardhill-blog/archive/2016/04/22/lodge-hill-and-the-nightingales.aspx); or the Gwent levels in Wales, where they want to plough a motorway through (http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/M4). No respect for the protections put in place. There are often people fighting the good fight in these cases, but it's a horrible thing to have to try to protect an area which should already
  5. Sorry fellas. Biodiversity is my main concern in this matter and I have not been given any indication of how well protected our wildlife and habitats will be if we leave. The EU habitats directive is a massive force for good in nature conservation, and I would rather keep this protection than jump into the unknown. If a brexit occurs unfortunately I do not think the environment will be top priority in most lawmaker's minds.
  6. I've been wondering this for some time; surprsied it hasn't been covered already here! And it's why I've been getting some plants from the EU quickly in case there ends up being a brexit. I'm firmly on the stay side. If not for our trade, but for our environment. Despite its flaws, the EU habitats directive is a powerful force for protecting our sensitive habitats. In the recent new manifesto produced by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs of Northern Ireland, despressingly, not one mention is made about our landscape, habitats, and protected species, but is full of h
  7. I only have a few typical Dionaea, but they are doing great. Somehow only having a couple of plants makes me really love them! My Cephalotus doesn't have as large pitchers as it did a few years ago, but it has spread with many more growth points. More pitchers are now being grown, plus 5 flower stalks (which I cut off all but 1). The only Nepenthes that is looking good for me at the moment is, unbelieveably, a windowsill-grown seed-grown specimen of N. robcantleyi QoH x KoS - it used to grow very slow, but has sped up recently, and each pitcher is better and better, the most r
  8. It's been a while since I last posted here! The last couple of years has been very busy with university, fieldwork, and travelling around various parts of Europe, with much time spent away from home. While I found time to tend to and tidy the hardy plants in the greenhouse from time to time, as a result my indoor collection, which I was very proud of, has shrunk considerably due to neglect and pests. I am looking to build it up again to some extent, especially with Drosera and Utricularia (I can't believe I lost my prized flowering specimens of U. quelchii and praetermissa - there was some sor
  9. As you'd expect, it has been cold here too, but my plants are just maybe a week later than normal - other than that they are all pretty fine! Not sure how red the rubricorporas will go but it's not the end of the world.
  10. It's best to sow seeds on peat. Sphagnum tends to swamp seedlings and causes them to etoliate.
  11. Thanks Aymeric! Some stop pitchering, however some actually keep going through the winter - I think its the low winter sun that helps. I don't know the humidity but I would make a guess at 40-50%. Though that could be wrong.
  12. I know that the maxima should do well, and the vogelii if you acclimatise it.
  13. Are these for the windowsill? If so there are a great number of potential species to be able to grow, depending on your conditions (I'm assuming your house doesn't go under 10C) N. maxima, N. platychila, N. burbidgeae, N. gymnamphora, ramispina, vogelii, bongso, boschiana, truncata, khasiana, tobaica, fusca, stenophylla, sanguinea.....a large number of species can be acclimatised to grow on windowsills. As for genders - you're simply going to have to shop around and do plenty of asking. Though keep in mind, getting most neps to flower can take a good while! And the chances of your male and f
  14. With winter coming and the sarras all brown in the greenhouse, I still have the tropicals to keep me happy. Here, I'll show off some of my best Nepenthes that I grow in my windows. You've already met my wonderful mini maxima in another thread: My pride and joy, N. hamata. It has grown at a reasonable speed but has been attacked by spider mites over the last couple of years. I recently eliminated them and it has started to produce great pitchers again. It has also formed 3 basal shoots. The pitchers are about 15cm high My N. platychila has also done very well - each subsequen
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