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  1. Hi,

    Anyone got experience of this cultivar? I obtained him (somehow always think of it as male :Laie_97: ) last autumn when he was going into dormancy. I was worried it had died over the winter but it is only now showing signs of life and even throwing up a flower stalk (about 1cm ATM). I don't think its tardiness is down to my conditions as I've got 4 other sarras in flower now with many more coming soon. Maybe it's always as slow as this?


  2. Just a comment on method of membership payment. I'm not a great fan of direct debit but would be quite happy with paypal if given a few reminders before the due date (I'm sure there must be some automatic way of doing this).

    I've been with the society less than a year but these changes sound like they're going in the right direction.


  3. Hi,

    The seeds I planted last autumn are now starting to sprout. They are in a seed tray under a plastic cover. I was wondering when to remove the cover, now they're sprouting or wait a while until they're bigger? Do they benefit from the extra humidity?

    Tray under a bench on the greenhouse floor where it gets the morning sun.


  4. Well I'm not sure how much I'm contributing to that! I've only ordered five and I'm struggling to find peat to pot them when they arrive!! I need to know what to do with the drosera ive ordered over the winter period. How much do I water them. Im getting two binatas and a Pygmy one. Do I just keep the soil moist or let it dry out or what?!

    You can get J Arthur Bowers peat from Bardills on the A52 near Nottingham. That's about the only local place I've managed to find any good stuff. Avoid Westland's peat unless you can't get anything else. You can get sharp sand from J Arthur Bowers at Bardills as well but I find the perlite expensive there.

    And welcome to the forum!

  5. Hi,

    My new S.leuco 'Tarnok' has thrown up a flower bud this year. I've read on the web that it is sterile but does anyone know if either the pollen (assuming there is any) or the stigma are fertile? I have read that the ovaries and stigma don't connect correctly so seed production is impossible. So, anyone know differently or should I forget about getting seed and just admire the spectacular flower.


  6. Hi,

    Now that the first sarracenia flower buds are appearing I was thinking of planning some crosses. But I was wondering how to describe any seeds produced. For instance if I pollinate plant A with pollen from plant B and vice versa can I give both sets of seed the same name, ie S. (A x B), or should only the first be S.(A x B) and the second S.(B x A)? What's the general opinion on this?


  7. For most Sarracenia I like using a media of 3 parts 90 grit silica sand, 3 parts perlite, and 2 parts peat moss.

    Joseph, does the 90 in "90 grit silica sand" refer to the US sieve number, or something else? Any idea what size grit particles that gives?


  8. Just remember that most Sarracenia do not grow in peat and the same applies to most Nepenthes. Unless we challenge these accepted wisdoms nothing willl change.


    Very true Phil. Do we know if any extensive analysis has been done of these soils? I'm assuming it's some sort of sandy nutrient poor loam mixture for sarracenia but I've never seen it described anywhere.

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