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  1. Gaz

    Hello from me

    what a dilemma! his 'n' hers greenhouses perhaps
  2. Gaz

    Hello from me

    Welcome to the forum. You've got some nice plants there, they should grow well for you and once you've planted them out you'll have plenty of room for more in the greenhouse
  3. Nothing I need this time, but I wish you well with your new enterprise
  4. Gaz

    Wire Support for Dionaea

    I've haven't found the need for supports on VFTs but have used these for Sarrs... Support Ring, they're a bit flimsy and probably wouldn't be much use outdoors but seem OK in the greenhouse.
  5. Gaz


    Welcome to the forum and good luck with your Ceph.....and all the other plants you'll soon be buying
  6. Nice to find CPs in habitat. Well photographed to show the variation. Thanks for sharing.
  7. It's a fairly gut-wrenching when you break the spoons on brand new Heli pitchers, but in my experience they are quite tough and this doesn't stop them growing. Once it's settled down it should be fine. For me the biggest danger has been too many heatwaves. Just try not to poke them too much to see how they're going on
  8. Gaz

    Spots on Sarracenia

    Good to hear you got to the bottom of it. I've seen thrips on VFTs and Pings this season, only in small numbers fortunately but ended up with deformed traps and damaged grow point. Sprayed with Bug Clear Ultra 2 and monitoring with magnifying glass, so far only seen dead ones since. I can't say with any certainty that the BCU2 didn't set the Ping development back a bit as well but now recovering.
  9. Argo you are the "lucky" one to have aphids land on your gigantea ...for me they always hide on young plants of smaller species
  10. Not in my experience. Aphids are crafty little sods and hide in the non-carnivorous parts of Pings such as the grow point and underneath new leaves.
  11. Thanks Argo, your conditions are interesting and very different to mine. I hope the rest of the season grows well for you. Hopefully I will eventually have some divisions with flowers to post.
  12. As Tropfrog says, small space with small plants equals more plants. Pings can also keep me fairly busy during Winter. Unfortunately we live in a windy area where our garden acts as a wind tunnel so outdoor Sarrs don't grow well...although I do still manage to keep a few outdoors. ...and I did say "just"
  13. this is always a difficult question to answer but I think for me Pinguicula just beat Sarracenia
  14. To get such huge plants, do you have to give them extra any nutrient, or are you just relying on them catching their own food?
  15. My giganteas would be in something like peat, coarse (gritty )sand, small perlite, calcerous clay (cat litter), small pumice in approximately equal portions. Now I would simplify and omit pumice.
  16. Gaz

    Spots on Sarracenia

    Looking at the lid in the foreground in the first pic it does seem there is mould present, backing up Rob's theory. Air flow is always an issue for me in the greenhouse, I've kept cacti for years and always lose more during Summer heatwaves than I do in the Winter. Now I'm back to CP's and found it was my VFTs suffering during the recent hot weather. I have 2 fans going 24/7, side vents, door and 3 roof vents all open. On top of all that, at this time of year, I take out some of the windows and hang netting over the space to keep birds out, at night I use 2mm perspex sheets to temporarily cover the window space. When Autumn comes I put 5mm perspex sheets back instead of the original glass (easier to handle). Whether it be cacti or CPs, although our plants may come from hotter climates than we have in the UK, they generally have good air circulation in habitat which we struggle to provide in our greenhouses. Some of your pitchers, particularly in the first pic, look like they're gonners and may need removing. I couldn't comment on a fungicide as I've never had to use one on CPs, I'm sure someone with that experience will chime in. Could you temporarily move these plants outside till they recover and you sort out the GH airflow issues?
  17. Mine are in a greenhouse with shading, so light conditions would be bright with filtered sunlight. Temps have been over 40C in the greenhouse recently but now back to 20C or so. I'm in the UK so I think Argo's conditions will be more similar to yours than mine.
  18. Thanks Argo, looking good. Unfortunately no offsets on mine yet but I found that they are quite easy to propagate from leaf pulls.
  19. Hi Argo, All good here thank you, I hope the same for you. Your gigantea is definitely living up to its name! Mine is doing OK and as you predicted is getting bigger leaves now but nowhere near the size of yours and I haven't noticed any offsets yet. I'll have a closer look tomorrow. Thanks for the update.
  20. cheers Aldad, no worries, I do think Neps are fantastic plants but there are so many other things to grow that I don't feel any great loss about not having them. P cyclosecta, one of my favourites with it's blue edged leaves and great flowers.
  21. Neps look good, I tried them once but they didn't like my conditions and died. I'm not that keen on viney type plants anyway, take up too much space for me. What species of Mexican Pings do you have and what's that one next to the Nep?
  22. hi Aldad, I have a similar plant, by coincidence it is also kept outside. For me they just don't grow very well. Late starts due to frosts and high winds seem to stop them thriving in my garden. How's the climate over there? Won't be that different to mine I'd have thought. Just one thought, how are you watering those large planters?
  23. Looking good, it'll be interesting to see how they grow. You even have room for a couple of additions in the second one . I always regret not taking regular pictures of my plants to see how things develop (or not occasionally!). Might be worth thinking about for you too. Good luck, I hope they all grow well for you.
  24. Gaz


    hi Yve Have you found the UK nurseries yet, there's quite a few online and being UK based shipping is more reasonable.
  25. Gaz


    hi Yve, a lot of us started like that, a VFT, a Sarr and a sundew but then you soon start filling every space with more and more. You should be OK with those plants as long as you get the watering right and for the VFT and Sarrs give them a cool Winter dormancy. Best to repot when they're dormant if they need it, e.g. if they've outgrown there pots or you want to change the compost to your own mix. What Drosera did you buy? D. capensis?