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  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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).

  9. 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!

  10. 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.


  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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:

  14. 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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  15. 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!

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