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  1. 10 degrees C as a minimum, or is that too warm?
  2. Thanks Richard. I'd say it's worth a shot since any CP I can grow indoors would be nice!
  3. Unfortunately I am having to sell my collection of plants (mainly sarracenia) but I am hoping to hold onto a handful of plants to grow indoors on a sunny windowsill. My Darlingtonia has always grown well in my greenhouse underneath the staging where it is rarely subjected to full sun. In my new place, I hope to be able to grow it indoors, a few feet away from a very sunny West-facing window. Does this sound adequate as far as light levels are concerned? Thanks.
  4. Really enjoyed visiting Matthew and seeing the nursery again - even if it was only a matter of weeks since I was last there buying plants from him!
  5. Luckily, I've managed to get on top of things and I'll be going tomorrow!
  6. Garland have the largest gravel trays I've seen. Available in all sorts of sizes, but nothing as large as you are looking for. Have a look; http://www.garlandproducts.com/component/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,30/page,shop.browse/category_id,2/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=30&page=shop.browse&category_id=2&vmcchk=1 I selected several trays of different dimensions to fit onto my staging. Maybe that might work?
  7. Thanks for the replies! Gaz, the info about the Southampton and District BCSS branch and the Romsey show are very useful indeed. We'll definitely be going to the Romsey show! I visited countless cactus nurseries back in the day, Abbey Brook was a favourite, and back then they sold CPs. In fact, I bought some CPs there which eventually converted me! It's a pity that so many nurseries have gone, but then it's all down to what's popular and money, I guess.
  8. Having recently got back into CPs after several years, I was delighted to see the recent Lithops photos posted on here which reminded me of my pre-CP days growing cacti and succulents. My girlfriend loves cacti, and I keep promising to take her to a nursery - but in the 20 years since I last visited a cactus nursery, many seem to have disappeared! The British Cactus and Succulent Society lists a handful of UK nurseries on their website, but many of the ones that I remember visiting have obviously long since gone. Brookside Nursery was one of my favourites (and they used to sell Lithops), but he's moved to Italy! I'm based in Hampshire - Does anyone know of any cactus/succulent nurseries in the South of England? Thanks.
  9. OK, thanks Stephen, I'll give U. monanthos a try and hope for the best!
  10. Thank you for your reply. Yes, I think that Darlingtonia is possibly the best option for filling otherwise vacant space. I've grown Cephalotus successfully before in a heated (just about frost-free) greenhouse, but I lost both of my plants during their first winter in an unheated greenhouse. I guess that my options are limited due to light levels combined with the low winter minimum temperatures. The only Utricularia that I think will survive in there might be U. bisquamata - Does anyone have any experience of growing it in a shady, unheated spot of the greenhouse? Most other Utricularia spp. seem to need at least 10C winter minimum?
  11. I've finally set up my little greenhouse which shall house my limited collection of carnivorous plants. It's unheated, and in a sheltered position but it will be subject to below freezing winter temperatures. Having grown many CPs before, I know that it's fine for Sarracenia, Dionaea, Darlingtonia and some Drosera species - But I'd love to hear some recommendations as it's been a good few years since I last grew any carnivorous plants. I live in Hampshire, UK - just to give an idea; so winter minimums can potentially be as low as -10C for the odd spell, but more likely to be around -5C overnight. There is enough light for Sarracenia, Dionaea, etc. but I've had to maximise the available space in there, resulting in about 20% of the staging being "tucked away" in two shady corners of the greenhouse. Rather than leaving the water trays in these two corners free of plants, I'd sooner have them filled with something, rather than nothing at all - Does anyone have any recommendations? My thoughts are possibly hardy Pinguiculas - Is there enough light, though? Plus, apart from P. grandiflora, the choice is a bit limited unless anyone has any other suggestions. I'd love to even have some Utricularia in there, but don't know if there are any species that will tolerate shade and the occasional below freezing temperature? Will Darlingtonia be happy in shade? It's airy enough, but will Botrytis be a problem - and will it be just too dark? All suggestions and recommendations will be gratefully appreciated!
  12. Funny that this topic came up at this time: I "rescued" two VFT from Homebase yesterday. One was a bargain basement 75p job that whilst it looks poorly, I'm sure that given some TLC it might revive in the Summer. The other was obviously newly imported and soft, but won't see the greenhouse for a while until the British Summer eventually arrives. At this time of year I hope that I won't lose this one as it's heading into the main growing season, but who knows? I certainly won't expect it to be as tough as a UK overwintered/grown VFT - But as these are the first VFT plants that I've had for a good few years I was willing to take a chance. Needless to say I'll be filling my greenhouse with UK grown plants soon!
  13. Hello, after many years of absence from growing CPs I've decided to settle down and start afresh. I first started off in 1991 and built up quite a collection of Sarracenia many of which I obtained from John Ainsworth. I moved several times, lost plants in a hurricane in Devon, developed my collection in surrey, sold most of it and lost the rest to vine weevil in Dorset. Now I'm firmly back on my feet it's time to start again! I'm looking forward to building up a collection once more and look forward to experiencing the thrill of buying new plants from scratch armed with prior knowledge.