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  1. Well done on getting it to flower in your first year. Sarracenia do not self-pollinate so unless you've got insects around you'll have to pollinate it yourself to get any seed. Seed pods take a while to mature so there wouldn't be any seeds until at least September/October time.

    To me your plants looks as if it needs more light so make sure it's in your brightest window.

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  2. 1 hour ago, PofW_Feathers said:

    I still have the same problem. If I succeed in posting a short text here, I will be able to reply to others smoothly.

    It's been working fine today, but when it has been slow I just leave for 5 mins or so and it has usually done something by then.

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  3. You have to be a little careful with seeds, especially from ebay, as they can be erroneously labelled! You're probably safer to wait for some to be advertised on the sales section of the forum (you'll have access to this page after a month's membership). Sorry, I can't recommend any online sellers - anyone else know any good ones?

    Good luck with the vft seeds which are quite easy to germinate but will take a few years to reach maturity.

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  4. Hi, welcome to the forum.

    Hardly any CPs grow in normal soil substrate. The mixture you'll need does depend on the seeds you're trying to germinate. Sarracenia, for instance, grow well in a peat/perlite mix with maybe some sand. Peat-free mixtures are also available. They do, however, require a period of cold stratification in order to germinate successfully. Some drosera seeds won't need this cold treatment. If you tell us what you're trying to grow we can help you a bit more.



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  5. 1 hour ago, Nepenthes victreebel said:

    Thank you for the advice, I noticed you mentioned the flower spike, I thought the same thing about cutting it of, however I would like to take flower stalk cuttings for propagation. I just wanted to wait a bit longer before cutting it so I could get more cuttings. Is there any specific thing I need to do to acclimate it tho colder temps. Also it appears to be creating very wide petiole any ideas on why?

    I'm quite brutal with mine and just shove them out in the cold, but I suppose you could do it gradually. As for the wide petiole, they do tend to get wider in winter but it may be down to insufficient light. We need a dionaea expert.

  6. 13 hours ago, Nepenthes victreebel said:

    Hello, I have had a Venus fly trap for about 7 months and have been keeping it inside on a sunny windowsill. I would like to move it outside but was wondering if it would need acclimation, if so, how would I do it. Outside it gets to around 4-5c and in the house is around 15c at night, I will attach pictures of the dionea in question if it will help. Thanks for your advice in advance.

    DM need a cold dormancy over the winter so you've left this a bit late. I keep mine in a cold greenhouse which will freeze on cold nights but that doesn't do any harm to the plants. I would say your plant is being kept too warm and should go outside or in a porch, say. You should protect it from strong winds/debris etc. and just keep the compost damp. It shouldn't be growing a flower at this time of year, so I'd cut that off. You can bring it back inside as the weather warms up.

    Hope this helps.

  7. 19 hours ago, Gratz said:

    Hi having trouble replying, just says saving and reply is greyed out, using phone thanks 

    Yes, I've noticed that. Takes an age to work. Have time to make a cup of tea while it's working :yes:

  8. On 1/4/2022 at 2:28 PM, gardenofeden said:

    well I like coir as it is weed free, acid, low nutrient and the chips can be re-used.  It's not without environmental impact though. Melcourt is arguably more sustainable, and with less transport issues,  but a bit inconsistent at present.  For more info visit the FB site I set up which has some more detailed info

    Peat Free Carnivorous Plants UK | Facebook


    Thanks for the info Stephen, but I'm afraid I don't do Facebook.

  9. 23 hours ago, gardenofeden said:

    I have use both extensively. I prefer just neat coir chips these days, but the melcourt works well too, get better rootgrowth in the coir


    I've not yet taken the plunge into peat-free compost (yes, I know I should but fear risking my plants). Do you think coir is the way to go? And who is the best supplier and what is the best mix for Sarracenia? How does it compare with Mike's mix of Melcourt bark/perlite/cornish grit? I've found 2 of these ingredients difficult to obtain in small quantities.



  10. Hi and welcome to the forum. You should get access to he sales section in about a month's time. Many people will be selling Sarracenia divisions in the Spring. I know I will!

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