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  1. osmosis

    Where's my rain?

    Cheers, I'm all OK now. I plan to buy a flush kit, in which case I think I need to open up the elbow and remove the inbuilt restrictor anyway Probably get a pressure gauge at the same time, if that's a good indicator of clogged up prefilters
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    Where's my rain?

    I bought, perhaps hastily given your subsequent experience but I was starting to feel a bit exposed without a backup plan, from the same vendor as you, except my unit is the 100GPD FS-401 http://www.pure-pro.com/fs401.htm The lack of instructions were a bit troubling, and the single sheet that does exist refers to a flow restrictor on the RO water outflow elbow that could be inside the unit but is not at all obvious. It also includes some unexplained components which I believe are intended for attaching to garden or kitchen taps Anyway, I did simply connect it up and it was producing 20ppm within 10 minutes. We do have very high water pressure here, though - I wondered if that was possibly a contributory factor for you?
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    Selenecerius grandiflora

    Amazing - love it
  4. osmosis

    Where's my rain?

    I have managed to get through 2000 litres since the last rain, I thought I was covered with that amount of storage, but apparently not I have heard that RO membranes clog if not used for a period of time. In other words, that a unit cannot simply be mothballed - once you start using it you have to keep it going (or replace the membrane before you can bring it back into use) Does that sound correct - I don't mind investing in a unit, but having to replace the membrane at the end of using it for a few weeks a year makes it quite a high cost of use solution. Dave
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    Where's my rain?

    Soaking in peat exchanges some Calcium/ Magnesium ions for H+ - in other words acts like an ion exchange resin. Whether it does enough to make a significant difference, I don't know, not having needed to try it myself See https://web.archive.org/web/20041029080941/http://hjem.get2net.dk/Best_of_the_Web/peat page.html
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    Maxsea ratios

    I mix 1/4tsp in 2 litres, and pitcher feed sarracenias and nepenthes, from adults to seedlings. I've certainly not had any problems with this and I believe it is effective.
  7. The one thing I really wanted to do this year, but eldest son has first A-levels on Monday, so I'm marking papers all day, and for most of the next 3 weeks Hopefully get up there in Autumn..
  8. Mike King has done several bulk orders from him to the US. e.g. http://sarracenia.proboards.com/thread/1883/mike-king-usa-import I'm not aware anything similar has happened in reverse before now, though clearly some US clones are making their way over here somehow. If I could add one suggestion, if a means of doing this were established, it would be wonderful if the scope were extended (for a handling and shipping fee of course) to holding and forwarding plants from other US nurseries or individuals (kind of a hub), to really break down cultivation barriers
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    My Sarracenia greenhause

    That's a very beautiful greenhouse Alex, it looks like you have some great plants
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    S. Flava seeds not growing

    Closed containers in direct sun can reach high temperatures, which could damage them. Assume the water was distilled/rainwater - tap water would have been damaging Also assume the seeds were not underwater - they should be moist but not submerged Toilet paper is possibly a worry - kitchen towel gives some structure, toilet paper I would have expected to have disintegrated into a mush? Finally, did you get them from somewhere reputable? Seeds should be germinating in a few weeks, not months Hope it works out for you.
  11. I would disagree. Darlingtonia in particular is known for needing a cool root run, and S. purpurea and D.binata are notably hardy - not likely to be tolerant of extreme high temperatures. Why have them in a greenhouse at all at this time of year - I'd just put them outside as soon as night temperatures are above 5oC. The sundews will appreciate protection from rain, but that's it, or perhaps you can raise the back of the greenhouse as well to get a through draught?
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    Leviathan

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    Leviathan

    There were a number of bids close to the winning one last time, so I'm guessing it will go for something very similar.
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    Leviathan

    Yes, but to be honest overall I'm enjoying Sarracenias more at the moment, so many amazing hybrids and line bred clones being produced.
  15. £730! Congrats to Chris, and it's an impressive plant, but I'm amazed someone's willing to spend that much Looking forward to seeing this around in a few years for a more reasonable amount https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sarracenia-Leviathan-XXL-new-cultivar-first-time-for-sale-Carnivorous-Plant/362279322264?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT