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  1. My S. Purpurea has started to produce new growth and I'm not sure whether to remove the old pitchers or leave them for a while, as they are still green at the base, so may still be drawing nutrients from the "soup" inside. Any advice would be welcome. Here's a pic of the plant, taken today. Regards, Ian.
  2. I used one under my propagator to successfully germinate Cephalotus seeds last year and this year I have one under some more Ceph seeds and one under a small terrarium containing some Nepenthes seeds. As you say, they are economical to use and as far as results go, I had 2 out of 3 Ceph seeds germinate, 66% success is a good result. Hope this helps, Regards, Ian.
  3. WOW! Fantastic macro shots. I really like the Nepenthes bicalcarata picture. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Ian_P

    N. Spathulata Java

    Well, the seeds finally arrived this morning. I have no idea if they are going to be viable, particularly as the temperature has been around -2 to -4C for the last few days. But I've cleaned a terrarium and potted them up, with a heat mat underneath to keep them warm. I also decided to buy a 10 watt led lamp from Amazon, just as an experiment, and that is sitting directly above the 2 pots, on top of the terrarium lid. So, hopefully they've got enough warmth, humidity and light to germinate. Now I'll just wait and see what happens, here are a couple of photo's. Seeds sown onto substrate. The terrarium setup. A better view of the small terrarium setup. Regards, Ian.
  5. Hi Sarah, You could try one of those floating pond heaters used to stop koi ponds from completely freezing over, you can pick one up on eBay for around £15. Regards, Ian.
  6. Ian_P

    N. Spathulata Java

    Wonderful. Ah well, you live and learn eh! I'll sow them anyway and see if any germinate. (Don't think I've got enough peat/perlite to fill the dustbin! lol.)
  7. Ian_P

    N. Spathulata Java

    Yes, it is. I wasn't looking for this variety in particular, but they were advertising them on eBay, so I bought them. I went to their website after and found out they also sell standard N. Spathulata. You say "supposedly" so I'm assuming you've had some experience with this variety or seller?
  8. Ian_P

    N. Spathulata Java

    Thanks for the info Rodrigo, I am looking forward to trying these seeds when they arrive. Regards, Ian.
  9. I recently purchased some N. Spathulata Java seeds and was wondering if there is any special treatment they require to germinate, stratification, temperature, growing medium etc. This will be my first time with Nepenthes, so any advice is welcome. Regards, Ian.
  10. Thanks for the info guys. As I said, haven't had any problems yet, I was just thinking of getting something to keep on the shelf, just in case. Looks like I'd need to get several different types though. Tommyr, I notice you're a fellow radio ham, may hear me on 20m psk some day, G0OSY.
  11. Has anyone used Bayer Systhane fungicide on carnivorous plants? It's active ingredient is Myclobutanil @1.53g/l. I haven't had a mould problem yet, but thought I'd get a fungicide just in case and I am unsure about which type to buy, the only thing I'm sure of is not to use copper based products, so any advice would be appreciated. Regards, Ian.
  12. This is how it looks in my browser, strange.
  13. I use Firefox 17.0.1 on Linux and I don't see the light switch, although hitting "Enter" does move me down a line.
  14. Funnily enough Stephen, I did give it a couple of small slugs when I got it, couldn't find anything else in the garden. I've since bought some crickets to feed it, which smell bad enough when they're alive! I imagine if I spilled the "Soup" it would be horrendous! Thanks Guys.
  15. Ah! Thanks Defalotus, I was worried the plant was going to rot away or something judging by the foul stench. :-/
  16. Hi all, Can anyone tell me if the S. Purpuria is supposed to give off a smell when it's digesting insects? I bought one a few weeks ago and the 3 mature pitchers have got some insects and fluid in them, but it smells like the stuff is rotting rather than being digested. It really smells quite bad! It is the first one I've kept so I don't know if this is normal or not, any advise would be appreciated. Regards, Ian.
  17. I put 3 Ceph seeds in a mix of Cana Coco Plus, Pearlite and re-hydrated sphagnum last December and had 2 germinate within a month. You can see them here http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=48117 Still waiting for number 3 to germinate. ;)
  18. Thanks again Martin, I read a few conflicting posts regarding dividing plants and as I've had friends asking for them, decided to do it sooner rather than later. Fingers crossed.
  19. Some leaves and traps are dying back, but they are also growing new ones, so I'm not too sure if they are going dormant or not. Temperatures have only been going down to around 10C so far. I will be keeping an eye on them for any fungal growth or mould and I've also emptied the water out of the saucers now the substrate is wetted through. I'll just be keeping them damp through the winter. Thanks for the advice.
  20. Hi everyone, I seperated my VFT today and took a few photo's. This is the plant seperated , One of the new divisions, with a few older roots and a new one at the base of the rhizome, And the Mother and daughters potted up and settling in. This is my first attempt at dividing a plant and I've already been asked by friends for clones, so I hope they do well. Regards, Ian.
  21. Hi all, I just uploaded these pics of one of my VFT when it was flowering a couple of months ago. Thought I'd share.
  22. Love to see CP's in flower, great pic's.
  23. Yes, that's strange as both plants are under the same light, but one has much more red in it. They are very slow. I've just put some more seeds in, which I got from a different supplier, so I'm hoping they germinate. Had 2 out of 3 germinate last year, so I was very pleased with those.
  24. I know, I keep finding myself drawn to the grow room!