David Ahrens

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David Ahrens last won the day on June 17 2018

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  1. It's quite a healthy looking plant. I wouldn't leave Neps standing in water, they don't particularly like it. I wouldn't keep spraying the soil. Just don't let it dry out. I like to use a bottom feeding fish food in the pitchers, just a little , not too much.
  2. This salt thing has always tended to be a problem with coir. If you're lucky, you can get the bricks from someone who rinses it well before sending it out. I use bricks from Garden Direct and, in the past, this has seemed OK. I have used it as a mix with VFT's and it has been fine. Recently, it has not been fine and I have lost my VFT's, albeit slowly. I still use the same coir for houseplants and it works OK. Cheeseplants, Aechmia, Aspidistra, Streptocarpus, all good in 100 % coir. I know that Rob Cantley uses coir for their Nepenthes, they just can't get peat. He tests each batch when it turns up and has been known to refuse a lorryload of coir when he has found it to have salt in it.,
  3. I should imagine that a made up mix would store quite well. Just a case of suck it and see. I used a quarter strength mix of Phostrogen to foliar feed my Pinguicula moranensis. Phostrogen is an inorganic fertilizer so there is no reason why it should not store mixed up. Is Maxsea a seaweed mix, I am not sure. If the nitrogen part is organic, it may not keep stable. Not that you need the nitrogen for your CP's anyway. I am not quite sure why you are quite so enthusiastic about feeding you plants. Most CP's just don't need it, and you are only causing yourself troubles.
  4. I don't know what you're moaning about Stephen, you never go anyway. We try holding these events up north and nobody turns up. The EEE was held at Chester a few years ago and nobody went. On a side note, it's a pity you can't make it as it will probably be quite lively.
  5. Do be careful. If the plants fall on somebody's bonce, you could be liable.
  6. I think that I am going to get myself on Facebook, I think I am missing out.
  7. I was just wondering how long it take for someone to respond to my comment. I had better be careful in case I get thrown off the forum (again).
  8. VFT seed is very distinctive, the seeds are small, black and shiney. They are also pear shaped. The seedlings just don't look like Sarracenia at all.
  9. Dunc, are you saying that you just bashed one out ?
  10. Potassium permanganate, if you didn't quite catch that..You can get it at the local chemists.
  11. Hi Hayley, I was just wondering what you do about your water supply. I live in a flat and I use a distiller.You can pick one up for about £70 from Amazon.
  12. Just had a word with Keith on the phone. The unit that he has bought is the Life Water Distillery and it is 79.99.