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  1. 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.

  2. 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.



  3. 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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  4. Hi, that's a Nepenthes and shouldn't be left out over Winter. Keeping it in the bathroom should be fine (it likes the humidity), but it might already be dying. Look out for side shoots over the next few weeks/months. What do the Nepenthes experts think (I'm not one!)?

  5. I'm a bit late this year updating my photos but here's some from this month.

    This is my favourite seedling at the moment ...





    Ceph in an aquarium ...







    Psittacina growing well in wet conditions ...


    S. x 'ASBO' looking like it does!






    Darli outside. I meant to divide it early this year but never got around to it. A job for next Spring.


  6. Yes, this does happen and I've no idea why. If you don't want seed remove the flower head - I usually do this after petal fall. If it's early enough in the year the plant will some times produce pitchers. I reckon that an early spring followed by a cold period can confuse the plant into forgetting about summer and waiting for next year. Removing any flower buds next year may help the plant recover in the long term.

  7. 5 hours ago, Tilkifox said:

    Thanks guys for responding...

    I'm super happy with it and although a new pot would be nice, it seems so happy now that it would be a shame to upset it.

    Think it's probably best left until spring.

    I'm assuming the dormancy would be the same as it is for sarrs?

    I normally put my sarrs in a north facing porch and they over-winter great...

    Yes, I leave all my sarracenias and vfts in the same g/h over winter.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 20 hours ago, DCallan said:

    Thanks. I suspect it could be the soil but there is one rhizome in the pot that is doing good so it's a mystery

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 13 hours ago, Gaz said:

    Looking fantastic Martin and your greenhouse must be the tidiest I've ever seen outside of a showroom, are you expecting a visit from the Queen or something?  Making me have a severe case of greenhousebarrasment :(

    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?

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