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  1. Hi and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately you've joined at a time when there's little activity on here from members, especially UK ones. I'd like to hear from the CPS committee about the future of this forum, or do they want us all to be "liking" things on FB?

  2. This is quote from that .gov document:

    "The Government has also pledged to continue to work closely with the professional horticulture sector on speeding up their transition to peat-free alternatives ahead of a ban for the professional horticulture sector, recognising that the professional horticulture sector faces additional technical barriers that will take longer to overcome."

    So, corporate interests take precedence over the poor amateur consumer again. You'd think the professional horticulture sector would have much greater clout when it comes to finding a replacement and getting a good price for it. As most of us know there are alternatives eg coir, Melcourt bark, but at a price for us unless it starts being sold in garden centres.

  3. 20 hours ago, JLee said:

    This is very helpful indeed! Thank you so much for posting :)

    The accidental leaf cuttings look almost ready to be transfered from their water crib to soil, and I was planning to place those in a bigger pot with some space between them. I am also planning to gather seeds (allowing some of the flowers to self-pollinate), so I should be sure to have plants to enjoy both currently and in seasons to come :)

    It is good to know that even if the mother plants die back, they could still be reincarnated ;) do you recommend to keep watering them in the saucer during the "dormancy", or should I top water/spray until new growth begins? I would not water as much as in the summer, of course :)


    Just keep them damp over winter, not sitting in water. Also water by the tray method as usual. If you keep them outside in a greenhouse they'll die back and come back to life in the spring.

  4. 1 hour ago, Siripont said:

    Is it possible to wipe Pinguicula with a damp towel from dust?

    No, don't think so. If you wipe a leaf the goo won't come back. Pinguicula usually produce many leaves so I'd just wait for the fresh ones and keep it out of a dusty environment.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.

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