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  1. Yes, I leave all my sarracenias and vfts in the same g/h over winter.
  2. Hi, If it was me I'd leave it until next Spring. If the plant is kept outside or in a greenhouse it should catch enough for its needs. If on a windowsill you may need to feed it with a foliar feed once or twice a month in the growing season (D'Amato "The Savage Garden" pg 86). And no, there's no way of repotting without setting off the traps. If done in the Spring it'll grow new traps very quickly anyway. See as an example of how to do it. Happy growing.
  3. If they are root aphids an article I saw said there is no chemical control, so your only option would be to re-pot in fresh compost. But if they're not root aphids you could try a good systemic pesticide, such as Provado Bug Killer. Do you see them congregating on the plant above soil level? If so, the systemic stuff may work. Alternatively, try dabbing them with isopropyl alcohol or methylated spirits.
  4. Yes, I was wondering about sand containing lime. Have you used sand, 'cause I know I have?! But. the sand I used was supposed to be lime-free.
  5. I have this on a few of my plants as well. So, if you find out what causes it I'd be very interested! I've always thought it was the result of some pest - aphids or thripps etc. but I don't know for sure. ATM I'm drenching my plants with bug kiiler after quarantining. Doubt I'll know this works until next year though. Other possible reasons could be rhizome rot or in the worst case, a virus (hopefully not but I don't know how to tell). Best of luck.
  6. Hi and welcome to the forum.
  7. The Queen! Now there's an idea! I was pondering having an open day when we're allowed to gather again. Would there be any interest?
  8. Here are the first photos of my greenhouse this year. I'll add to them as the season progresses. Mainly flavas on this side: Hybrids in the centre: Alata (not in shot), leucophylla, oreophila and sundry other plants on the right: As I've repotted nearly all my plants I have one or two divisions kept under the bench: And finally for now, here's a photo of my Goldie which fortunately has survived brown rhizome rot:
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  10. Hi ada, Thanks for the reply. I suppose if a plant doesn't grow and improve each year that may be a sign that something's not right and needs checking. I'll keep an eye out in future and test your hypothesis With all the dividing of plants I've been doing my new greenhouse is not going to be big enough, so no chance of spreading out the plants (only kidding, a bit more space left yet).
  11. I'm doing a major re-pot of all my sarracenia this year. I got to my Goldie which performed very badly in 2020 so I was not surprised when something was wrong. On de-potting I found that the majority of the rhizome was dead, i.e. inside was brown rather than white. I've managed to break off 2 growth points which are still on white rhizome and potted them on. I've disposed of the dead rhizome. Most of my plants have been fine so far, and Goldie has been good in previous years, so what causes plant rhizomes to die off like this? Any insight would be much appreciated and I hope I've caught the ro
  12. Hi and welcome to the forum.
  13. Thanks for the advice jds05 and RobH. I'll have to investigate the price of black tanks on the 'net, and also check local companies. I'm pretty sure I saw a load at Severn Trent recently.
  14. Now I have a bigger greenhouse and therefore more scope to expand my collection I'm going to need more water. I currently have 3 210 litre butts but struggled in the dry months this year. I need to increase the storage capacity but don't just want to get more water butts (although that is an option). I was thinking of buying one of these used 1000 litre IBC tanks. Has anyone got experience of these? For instance being translucent is there a problem with algae growth? My main difficulty will be getting into the property - I think I'd have to remove a fence panel! Any other suggestions woul
  15. Welcome to the forum both of you. We all start with a vft