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  1. On 11/21/2017 at 2:23 AM, Dunc said:

    What have you got in the g/h?  I have a single layer of big bubble insulation and a 30W tube heater and that keeps the frost out in all but the worst weather but still lets plenty of light in.  Most CPs survive no problem.

    Hi Dunc.

    I have approx 500 pots of Disa orchids, cephalotus, and some Dionaea, 

    I have one greenhouse covered in Triple ply bubble wrap, with a 2kw fan heater thermostatically controlled, the purpose of my post was to see if anyone had used 30gram horticultural fleece to insulate there greenhouse, I had seen adverts suggesting that it was a better insulator than bubble, easier to instal and also you do not get the condensation build up on the fleece, so just testing the water so to speak if someone had tried using it..



  2. 1 hour ago, David Ahrens said:

    I repotted my VFT's in a mix of the RHS sharp sand and Melcourt. One tray is not growing particularly well. Not sure if it the sharp sand or the Melcourt that is the problem. I might repot in the Spring with a brand of coir that I trust. 

    I spoke to Mike King a week ago and he not sure about Melcourt for VFT's. Jury's out. 

    Mike absolutely raves about Melcourt for Sarries though.

    I also tried so VFT in a Melcort potting park and granite grit, and the growth was terrible compared to plants in a Peat/Perlite mix, so I also assume its the Melcourt.

    Yet I have trialled some Disa Orchids in the same mix that Mike uses and have had a really good growth with it.

  3. Has anyone tried insulating there greenhouse using 30g heavy duty horticultural fleece, if so how did it perform.

    I have my small greenhouse insulated with triple layered bubble wrap, the glass in this is the standard horticultural glass but in cold weather I notice that my new greenhouse which has 4mm toughened glass and no insulation is 1.2 deg c warmer with no insulation. I was wondering what the effect would be in insulating this one with 30g Fleece.

  4. I moved the main plants I wanted to pollinate into the conservatory, and I was rewarded with pollen and have been pollinating these plants with the brush every day. The seed is starting to show in each flower now, so hopefully I will have some successful seed for the spring.


  5. 40 minutes ago, ada said:

    Is it very humid Ron? try leaving the doors open a bit more

    Hi Ada, I have the doors and window open day and night and also have a fan running 24/7, I have closed the door the past couple of nights incase it was getting to cold as the night temps have been down to 10C.

  6. 41 minutes ago, CephFan said:

    Have you had a large number of hover flies on the flowers?

    I suspect the little beggars eat the pollen.

    Not that I have seen, lots of flies and bee's and just the odd Hover fly, originally I had them protected by a insect screen, as I wanted to cross a couple of plants, but I removed this yesterday in the hope that I may get some seeds.

  7. Is anyone else suffering from a lack of Pollen on their Cephalotus flowers.

    I have thirteen flowers on my cephs and whilst most stigma are in receptive mode non of the flowers are producing any pollen, the pollen flowers do not seem to be ripening, this has been going on now for about two weeks or more and a lot of the flowers are now closing.

    Tried using a small paint brush but nothing shows, even when using a magnifying glass.

    Looks like no seed this year.

  8. gundog.

    I bought the TMC V2 Pure Advanced unit about two months ago from the local Maidenhead Aquatics had it for a good price, and I think it is good value.

    Like yourself I am not on the meter, I now have 600 litres stored and just top up the tanks as i use it, I get a TDS reading of between 1-3 depending on the quality of water going through it each day, its surprising how the quality changes by the hour.  It has an inbuilt TDS meter which shows the quality of water coming in and going out, and also a flush valve. Like Stu said it does not make the amount of RO water as stated in the literature. I have it installed in my shed and have put a long length of waste pipe on it and I just move the pipe around the garden and leave it to water the plants.

    I purchased mine as I had a bacteria problem in my water butts and considering I was stocking 2200 Litres  in butts I did not know which one was the problem, so now I do not have to worry, I use around 80/100 litres every couple of days or on hot days I can use that a day.

    I also grow a lot of Disa orchids with the Carnivorous plants hence why so much water is used.

    Hope this helps.

  9. 8 hours ago, linuxman said:

    At the top right of the page is your user name which is a drop down menu. Click on this and select Profile. On this page are 2 tabs Activity and Albums. Select the Album tab and you should see all your existing albums. Select the required album and in Firefox I can then hover over the image (the pointer should change shape) and right click (a pop-up menu appears) and do the Copy image location thing. But you can also click on the image and then while on the image right click etc.


    Thanks Martin, I am using a Mac and when I hover over it, it just shows my picture detail, before the changes I used to have the drop down box which gave about four options including copy url but I don't have that anymore. It used to be very easy before but things seem to be missing now.

    I will keep playing, Thanks.

  10. Another question, thanks I uploaded an image and found my gallery again, but if I want to use a picture again from the gallery how do I get that image's url as I cannot find anything to click to get it, all I have is the image JPEG no. Sorry to be thick its an age thing:banging: