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  1. CephFan

    CPS Statement Regarding Forum Data Loss

    A huge thank you to Richard for actually getting the forum back online at all! We have been dropped on from a great height by the hosting company and it is good to be back up and running. Cheers Steve
  2. Ok to reply to my own question... I went to https://www.cutplasticsheeting.co.uk/clear-acrylic-sheeting/clear-perspex-acrylic/ I used 4mm (1/6”) clear acrylic (‘Perspex’) all over the greenhouse extension at about £37 per Sq m. Cheers Steve
  3. Hi, i am looking to glaze a small lean-to GH about 5’ high and 8’ long. I am thinking of: * 4mm twinwall polycarbonate for the roof panels. * 3mm acrylic for the sides. has anyone bought either material recently and where was the best price in the UK? Cheers Steve
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    Cephalotus follicularis And Hummers Giant

    It is tempting to say that this is because C.follicularis Is an awkward so and so. I see you have fairly deep water in the trays. If this species has been grown 'drier' and then put into water trays I have seen it fail. I would suggest shallower water and deeper pots. It may not be truly dead. Let it dry out a bit and nurture it along and see if you get any growth at the tip of the rosette. A lesson from this is to always take a leaf cutting as a backup when you get a new plant and put them in separate trays.
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    Lack of Pollen

    Have you had a large number of hover flies on the flowers? I suspect the little beggars eat the pollen.
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    Palm oil and it's producers are accused of some very sharp practices. There has been evidence reported on R4 of companies paying for great apes to be killed and buried as they are prohibited from disturbing them and it is more convenient if they "are not there". The peat issue is a double edged one. Many of these plants have specifically evolved to grow in peat soils so to some extent it is their natural medium. I have tried peat substitutes and coir but with variable success. i would love to try the fine bark that Tim is trailing but don't want a cubic metre of the stuff. Perhaps the society can buy a bulk order and re-sell it in smaller packs? Cheers Steve
  7. I really do understand Dimitar's feelings about this but as others have said the culprit in this case can be looked up easily enough. Marcel has made it clear why someone might not want to 'name and shame'. The format of the scam is fairly clear and due warning has been given. I don't think there is much more to be said on this so I'm locking the thread and we can move onto more productive things!
  8. CephFan

    Perlite uk members help

    Darn! Wilko was cheap. My local garden centre has it for £6-7 for a large bag. Cheers, Steve
  9. Mine looks like this Sent from my MotoG3 using Tapatalk
  10. Hi, has anyone used Attapulgite or palygorskite cat litter for Cephalotus? Cheers, Steve Sent from my MotoG3 using Tapatalk
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    To spray or not to spray

    I would not spray them James. I find the spiders delight in spinning silk over them which looks messy. The most that I do to get them back to looking good is to use a soft brush to remove the webs. Cheers, Steve
  12. There are three in this pot and they were looking quite stressed. You can see the remains of the slag in that I piled up around them to keep the humidity high locally. It seems to have worked and they are getting going now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Sorry it has taken so long to update this post! I have taken a couple of shots of some of mine and yes it can take them a while to settle. So long as they had roots going in there is a good chance they'll sprout. This one has a couple in. One died back completely but you can see new leaves emerging now. Cheers Steve Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. As Blocky said, don't get too caught up in the 'Clone Wars'. There are undoubtably some that are more vigorous than others but this is a 'typical and one of my best plants! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. It is a rule that is set in stone: "The greenhouse that you have bought is too small". And that applies no matter how big a GH you have just bought ;-) Cheers Steve Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk