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    Sci-Fi, rock music. Growing various unusual plants like cacti, succulent plants, aroids and of course CP's.

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  1. Interesting, thanks for sharing
  2. here's an example, showing how I left a strip of the backing paper on each outer side for handling. I'm only using them in my succulent house and have about half a dozen dotted around mainly amongst my Haworthias, I let the Pings take care of things in the CP house. There seems to be a lot more options on Amazon these days. Good luck
  3. ….no not exactly Phil. Sorry, I should have made it clearer, mine come in double-sided sheets not those hanging twirly coil things. I'm fairly sure I got them from Amazon. What I do is leave the non-sticky backing on while doing the cutting and folding. Once I have my upside-down Vs I cut the backing away so as to leave a strip along the bottoms for handling, you only need to leave a bit on one side, remove it completely from the inner side of the V. Hopefully you can see the example I grabbed from Amazon. you're looking at £7 for 20 sheets. I'll try to take a picture when I get home.
  4. I just use mexican Pings in my CP greenhouse and yellow sticky flypapers in my cactus/succulent greenhouse (in Winter only to avoid catching beneficial insects like lacewings). I cut the sticky papers into 3 and make an upside-down V then stand them between pots. What plants are you growing?
  5. Hi Guy I have one of the Biogreen Phoenix heaters in my 12'x 8' cacti/succulent gh, I run it through a Biogreen thermostat to keep minimum temp around 5-6C or so, this is on the 1.8KW setting. I found the built in stat temps to be a bit vague so went for the additional stat but this sacrifices the always on fan feature and of course adds to the cost. In summer I put the Biogreen stat on "cooling". Personally I think the fan is a bit underpowered although the Amazon page states it's 53W. Anyway as a heater it seems to do the job OK but as you pointed out the price is rather high. I've had it a number of trouble free years (hopefully not tempting fate there). If it were to breakdown I don't think I'd be forking out another £200 and would probably try something like the Parasene Dunc mentioned. In my 6' x 8' CP gh I have a tube heater (5' double tube, 80W/foot from memory). This is on an Inkbird stat and again keeping minimum around5/6C, as the Inkbird has double outputs (1 each cooling and heating) I run a separate fan. The tube heater seems adequate for the smaller greenhouse and I had it running for many years without problem. Perhaps if we had another Winter like in 2010 I might need to put another one on (I have 2 spares) I seem to remember this was also not a cheap option although I can't recall the exact price.
  6. I keep all my Mexican Pings in a greenhouse heated to minimum 5C and they do fine. You don't say where in England you are but unless you're on the South Coast or thereabouts I'd think it might be risky to leave them outside and unheated. As Platty says, it sounds like the Drosera might be dead but it could be worth taking the pot inside over Winter to see if it will regrow next year. I haven't grown D admirabilis but when my D graomogolensis died back a couple of years ago (even in the heated greenhouse) I thought it was dead but it grew back just fine the following Spring.
  7. From a light point of view it probably depends which direction the window is facing. The Pings and Utric may be OK in the tank but I'd have doubts about the Droseras which seem to be in a less bright part of the tank anyway. If you're considering humidity I'd say the tank would be better. Which plant are you calling a pitcher? Is it somewhere else?
  8. Gaz

    dorstenia

    Bonjour Jeff I keep my greenhouse around minimum 6-8C over winter but I would have used a heated propagator probably to about 10C for these plants. Over winter I believe I kept them dry but they dried during the growing season suggesting that I probably over watered. From memory mine was Dorstenia foetida, a nice little plant with black flowers but with the poor success I had I wasn't encouraged to keep trying. It was a few years ago now so my memory of them is fading. btw I have also tried Hydnophytum formicarum which you asked about on another thread. I had best results keeping it inside the house (on bathroom windowsill) where I had one flower and set seed (seem to be self fertile). But, when I had to move the plant to the greenhouse it also died. I think my conditions weren't warm enough. Good luck with them if you decide to give them a go.
  9. Gaz

    dorstenia

    I tried growing some of these but they always died and in the end I gave up.
  10. I have used cat litter as one of the components of my mainly non-organic Mexican Pings mix for a number of years. I find it preferable to perlite due the the latters tendency to work its way to the top of pots of compost. Having said that I have found that my mostly non-organic mix results in very slow growing and often tiny plants (Pings) and I plan to test changing this to something with a John Innes type compost as one of the components. I also sometimes add small amounts in my cactus mix.
  11. Not a lot of cactus nurseries left these days and most not selling many Lithops. Try the cactus & succulent markets, there's one at Spalding on 27 April and another at Manchester the Saturday after. Manchester do another market in the Autumn which coincides with the Mesembryanthemums Show, so plenty of Lithops on show there. I found Lithops easy to germinate from seed but take a few years to grow on. You could join the society (BCSS) and as a memeber have access to their seed list. Tony Irons sells at these markets and lists on ebay, he usually has some Lithops available. There's plenty of info here https://www.facebook.com/groups/lovelithops/ although no sales.
  12. Obviously not many Aeonium growers here then. If I were you I'd head along to the Cactus and Succulent forum there'll be folks growing them over there. Good luck with them.
  13. Gaz

    Mimosa pudica

    Mine also, I had one from a garden centre and then grew some from seed. They all did exactly as you say and although they didn't exactly die they became such unattractive plants that I eventually threw them out and gave up. I think they needed higher humidity than I could provide and keeping constantly moist.