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  1. 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 :yes: 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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  2. 53 minutes ago, ada said:

    Hi Martin,   I think this happens to older plants. The rhizome also stores food for the plant to grow.I think the problem arises due to our cold damp winters,the plant needs the food stored over winter to get going again in spring,we all grow sarras crammed in ,side by side and not all the plants can get a good feed of insects to replace the energy used to grow all the pitchers over a full year,this has the effect of draining the rhizome of its stored starchy food reserves over time,so it dies and the rot spreads down the rhizome and gets worse due to our cold/damp winters. that's my view anyway.

    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 :yes: 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 :thumbsdown: (only kidding, a bit more space left yet).

  3. 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 rot in time!

  4. 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 would also be welcome.


  5. On 8/18/2020 at 3:42 AM, Plantfreak said:

    Hello, where could I get some drosophyllum lusitanicum seeds or live plants?

    They're quite difficult to get hold of, but there may be some seed for sale on the forum later in the year. Unfortunately my adult plant died last year so no seed from me. Don't know about live plants in the US but they don't like transplantation much so it can be difficult.

  6. I grow mostly Sarracenia so it has to be that. As for satisfaction I think that comes from growing a plant to adult size from seed. S. leucophylla I've grown are not quite adult and I'm having great difficulty in selecting the best from an impressive group (if I do say so myself :wink:). Another from seed is S. 'Orange Fire' x S. flava v. ornata (seed originally from Cedric) which produced a surprising red cross and is one of my favourites.

  7. On 8/2/2020 at 7:31 PM, Bog boy said:

    I was hoping to pop along the weekend after next for there open weekend, i believe. I've never been there before not to far for me really 45 minutes must likely. 

    Yes, well worth going to that. Remember to take a full wallet! :yes:

  8. Drosera binata comes in many forms, both red and green, so it's entirely possible it's a binata. Not sure about the others without checking as I'm no expert but it could be D. spatulata. Looks like you have some Utricularia in that pot as well.

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  9. 7 hours ago, billynomates666 said:

    Very nice indeed.

    Thats a stonkin wooden bench up the middle, did you make it? I like the cantilever aluminum staging too, creates space, does it come with a load limitation?.



    A late friend of mine made the bench - he was a patternmaker by trade so knew what he was doing! The other wooden things are mine.

    I bought the aluminium staging from TheGreenhousePeople who provided the Robinsons greenhouse. I asked about it's strength and was told it would be fine. So far, so good!

  10. 3 hours ago, RobH said:

    Looks very good and some really nice plants there.

    How long do you give it before you fill the place up :smile:?  1 year, 6 months?  Or less?



    1 hour ago, ada said:

    very nice and plenty of room for more plants

    Much of the bench space is taken up with seedlings. I'm thinking of moving them to the old greenhouse that came with the house which will free up alot of space. I can also put more benches/trays down the centre, so there's scope for many more plants. I'm hoping I won't fill it for a few years, but you never know :tu:

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  11. On 5/23/2020 at 8:10 AM, weedabix said:


    And I  ordered a bunch more plants from Hampshire Carnivores and can’t wait for them to arrive! 

    I was down at Matthew's nursery the other week. He's got some fantastic plants. I hope you enjoy yours. Needless to say, I bought more than I should have :wink: (if there's such a thing).

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  12. I wouldn't bother for this year. Sarracenia don't mind being root bound anyway. But if you do repot just transplant the lot into a bigger pot and pack more compost round it trying not to disturb the roots too much.

  13. Finally have most of the glazing completed.

    I found the top roof panes the most scary to do, especially having to do it all by myself. So, I came up with this method which may be useful for anyone else in the same situation.

    Firstly, I bought a cheap suction device for gripping glass, mirrors etc. I then attached it to a rope which was positioned over the greenhouse ridge. Setting the suction device on the glass I then placed it at the gutter level.



    I could then pull the pane up to near the ridge and tie off the rope.


    It is then easier to position the glass pane in the ridge line by manoeuvring it using the handle. I found this very difficult before having to juggle the glass while at the top of a ladder.

    Here are some photos of the almost complete current state.





    I only have a few pieces left to do which were either missing or damaged. These arrived today so should finish the glazing tomorrow. Then have to screw the base down (holes already drilled) and fit the automatic openers and louvre glass. Then staging to install, phew!


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