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  1. Guy the flowers will need to have been pollinated to get any seed from them. If they were outside there is a chance they may have been pollinated by bees and insects, in a greenhouse most growers will pollinate them themselves to obtain seed. You will not know if they will produce any seed until later in the year. Over the Summer the seed pod will swell and by the Autumn it will turn brown and start to split and this is the time to collect the seed.

    Dave

  2. You should be able to get bottles of deionised water from places like Halfords quite easily. Depending on how much water you need you can get reverse osmosis water from an aquarium shop. I am getting 25 litres for £3.00 but you will need your own containers. If you go down this route just make sure it is pure RO water and that it hasn't had minerals added.

    Dave

     

  3. If you do get a ceph the one thing you will need to keep an eye on is powdery mildew. Previously I used to bring my cephs in to the house over winter for protection but because of the lack of ventilation powdery mildew could be a problem. Because of this, and because I now have too many to bring in, I leave them in my greenhouse all year round.

    Dave

     

  4. Thanks for the replies folks, especially you Phil for braving the elements and checking what it said on the bag ! When I googled granite grit the RHS stuff did come up but looking at images of it on the internet I couldn't see where it said granite on the packaging so was a little unsure whether it was or not. I think that has now been answered. 

    I will probably trawl a few more of the local garden centres to see what I can find and if I can't turn anything up go down the route you have Stephen and just go with the perlite.

    Dave

     

  5. I have finally managed to get hold of some Melcourt Growbark Pine and I now intend to start repotting my plants in to Mike King's suggested mix of Growbark Pine/granite grit/perlite. Mike uses 2-4mm grade grit and I was wondering if anyone has any advice on a suitable brand and where I might obtain some without paying a fortune in postage ! I have looked in some local garden centres and although they stock potting grit (which is the required grade) it isn't granite.

    Dave

  6. I think I would be inclined to bring it indoors over the winter and keep it on a sunny windowsill especially with it being quite small. Just keep it damp and watch out for powdery mildew which can occur when the plant doesn't get sufficient ventilation. I keep mine in my greenhouse all year round now but put them under the main benches during the winter to give them a bit of added protection. I used to bring them indoors and keep them on a bedroom window but I now have too many to be able to do that and a couple of them did get powdery mildew.

    Dave

  7. I have had similar problems to this and think they may be the caterpillars of the tortrix moth. In my experience they have only affected a few plants so don't worry that you will have a plague of them and will wake up one morning to find stumps where your plants used to be ! When I notice them I tend to just pick them off and feed them to my cephs. In the past I have used Provado to try and deal with them but I try to not use pesticides unless I absolutely have to.

    Dave

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  8. I started off by buying some bog standard (please excuse the pun) sarracenia from the local DIY store which I kept outside in a container for a couple of years and then decided I wanted to get in to the hobby a bit more seriously and started buying plants off eBay. This meant that I then needed something to keep them in and so bought a polytunnel. If you look at my growlist you can see that the number, and variety, of plants I now have has grown to the point that I have two 8' x 6' greenhouses and still not enough space !

    The one thing about having limited space is that you start to become more selective about the plants you buy because the danger when you first get in to the hobby is that you buy everything going. I really like leucophylla and so I decided after a while that I would concentrate on them plus plants that have a leucophylla influence such as mooreis for example. The bulk of my collection is made up of these plants but I also have other plants that I just like the look of. My advice would be just that, buy the plants that you like but be careful of buying plants just because you haven't got them because before long you'll be struggling for space.

    Dave

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