FredG

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  1. Well all the live Sphagnum I've come across is long fibre, none of it came from New Zealand. You only have about 120 species to go through to see which it/they is/are. I have some spare loupes.
  2. Let's break it down then New Zealand Is not a specific species it's mosses harvested and dried in New Zealand. Unless you specifically imported spores and grew them on in isolation you cannot possibly attribute a location. It's extremely rare to find "normal folks" in this hobby so that's a hard one to answer
  3. Oh that's an easy one to answer. Is it New Zealand long fibre Sphagnum Moss. No, as it didn't come from New Zealand it couldn't possibly be In my time I have participated in surveying a large Sphagnum raft. In a 10cm square several species of Sphagnum would be present. Identification would be done with 10X and 20X loupe on site and some samples requiring to be retained for identification under microscope. Identify one from a photograph?
  4. Does that mean we should be sourcing well educated glazing clips?
  5. And the advantages of an expensive wooden framed bolted down greenhouse over a medium priced aluminium framed bolted down greenhouse are what exactly?
  6. A preordained decline of the plant to a temperate type dormancy? No The plant will continue to grow in favourable conditions but if the temperature drops too far the top growth will be cut back to the level of the medium. If it drops even further in a hard winter ( say to -18C / 0F for example) then the roots may well die unless they are given protection. After an average UK winter the chances are that the plant will recover from the roots In a mild winter the top growth will remain even if it gets a little tatty.
  7. Are you sure Adrian? You seem a little indecisive with that.
  8. Agreed Steve. If you're going to use it now is the best time.
  9. Provado /Calypso is safe to use on CPs but it's not too safe for Bees. Please use sparingly and consider whether Bees are likely to come in contact http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2790530/bees_victory_in_pesticide_battle_bayer_libel_action_dismissed.html http://www.soilassociation.org/keepbritainbuzzing/householdpesticides https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/friends-earth-thiacloprid-pesticide-briefing-march-2015-76087.pdf
  10. N. ampullaria is detritivorous, it cunningly traps leaf litter. It is also probably benefitting from the accumulation of frog and tadpole poop too
  11. FredG

    Using old socks?

    How high is the water tray?
  12. FredG

    Using old socks?

    Could you possibly sort out some kind of sand tray to plunge the pots in? That way you have one big pot.
  13. FredG

    Using old socks?

    Don't forget that insulation works both ways.
  14. FredG

    Mad Prices

    This is very true Dimi, I did that last year to a few of my cephs. This year they've been more shaded and have grown much better. It is true you might not need sunlight for some clones to get dark pitchers, it's just a general belief. I would love an all green ceph but even my completely shaded plants have red in them..... Nice photo Dimi, the new green pitchers look great against the dark mature ones... Even my new growth tends to be red ! This is a job for............ Superfridge
  15. .If the crown goes brown on a seedling the plant is dead
  16. Mistletoe is known in Norse legend so it goes a bit further north than the UK mainland. It would also depend on which species of which genera you mean. ( There's a lot of them)
  17. Just one thread down below yours is this http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=55273
  18. We could always go the whole hog A bit of bubble wrap on the inside and we've cracked it
  19. Labels, labels, the money is in the labels.
  20. That is the infamous Utricularia bisquamata which will seed everywhere in CP pots to a radius of about 3 miles and really if it's in the Cephalotus pots is impossible to eradicate. I have it in a pot or two but I control it by removing the flower heads completely a few days after it starts flowering. I also have a largish deep saucer outside that is free to do as it will, The last thing I expect it to do is die. Stephen's cultivar U. bisquamata 'Betty's Bay' is far superior. The flowers are much larger and it just doesn't seed itself in every CP pot.
  21. The name is Cephalotus follicularis. Now let me explain that in terms you may comprehend. IF YOU REMOVE THE LABELS FROM THE POTS YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE IN PHOTOGRAPHS