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  1. Hello, I have asked the company about it but not had a response. The website for one of the cleaners/biocide they say is used has a COSSH sheet - here is a snippet from it: Hazardous ingredients: QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS, BENZYL-C8-18-ALKYLDIMETHYL, CHLORIDES EINECS CAS PBT / WEL CLP Classification Percent 264-151-6 63449-41-2 - Acute Tox. 4: H312; Acute Tox. 4: H302; Skin Corr. 1B: H314; Aquatic Acute 1: H400 1-10% Persistence and degradability: Biodegradable. Bioaccumulative potential: No bioaccumulation potential. Mobility: Readily absorbed into soil. Other adverse effects: Negligible ecotoxicity. It also mentions that once dry it is safe for wildlife/pets etc. so perhaps after the initial application has dried it breaks down? My A-Level chemistry is a little rusty after 20 years and the above chemical name means nothing to me now... a quick google of EU chemical names suggests it is actually Benzalkonium chloride which breaks down into ammonia, chloride, water and carbon dioxide.... which if it gets diluted in the water butts should be okay for my plants? Might it be worth purging the first collection of rain water just in case? Would the fact that the carnivorous plants are standing in the water and the soil "wet" would that make a difference? I can't find any info on the sealant though but if it is for waterproofing tiles it must be safe (for plants) otherwise it would gradually dissolve and, I suppose, defeat the purpose of having it in the first place? Thanks for any insight you can give.
  2. Hi All, I currently get all my rain water from water butts connected to the downpipes from the roof of the house. The roof is so covered in moss we are going to have to get it cleaned to prevent the gutters getting blocked. A couple of the companies we are looking at use a bio-cide to clean the tiles and then apply a coating to the tiles which has a residual effect for 3-4 years to prevent the moss from re-growing/germinating. Does anyone know if the rain water collected after the treatment is going to harm any of my carnivorous plants (Drosera, Sarrs and VFTs)? At least for a while the moss growth on the growing media won't be as bad... Many thanks in advance, Jonathan
  3. I get a lot of Lily Beetles in my garden and pick them off to feed my Sarracenias - they make a very faint "squeaking" noise which the trumpets distort a bit. Bumble bees make an horrendous noise.
  4. Hi All, Since my original post I have been keeping an eye on them and over the last few days the roots have sent up really healthy growth, so they are alive after all! I have replied to your questions and comments below: I have nearly a hundred D.capensis raised from the seed of my own plants, but it would have been nice to keep my very first carnivorous plants alive! As per my note above, I did not kill them after all - but it was touch and go for a while :-D They have indeed. My binata was a bit slow to recover this year, buds were showing but not unfurling. Making up for it now with the increased sunshine. filiformis is normally the last to make an appearance but was at least a fortnight ahead of all the other sundews. I did try keeping a 2-3 year old capensis indoors over the winter, but the coldness of the glass window and (presumably) the lack of sunlight seemed to make it go into a weird half-dormancy where it partially died back, but still kept a few leaves. Is that what should happen? Incidentally, I do not have a windowsill that receives good light in the winter months for a plant to be on hence why I let them go dormant in the greenhouse with the VFTs and Sarracenias. Also, I would not be popular if I set up a table and a grow lamp etc. in the house for them! I keep the sundews just damp with a little water in the bottom of the trays once they start losing their "leaves". They are never allowed to dry out completely - is that the wrong thing to do?
  5. Thanks everyone, most of the photos of my collection are on Facebook so will probably have to re-post them on here at some point after resizing them. You can see a few of them on my photography page and some under the "just flowers" page - you can't miss the Sarracenia flowers! I am currently working on a website to help me keep records of all the plants I grow, you can see a general listing at at the moment it is just a page that reads the records from a database so still loads more to add it to as I work on the interface back-end to it :-) Regards, Jonathan
  6. Hello, I joined the forum some time ago but only really just started visiting regularly so thought I would introduce myself. Learn a lot every time I visit here, I know gardeners in general are very good at sharing knowledge etc. but carnivorous plant growers are very friendly and everyone I have met who grows them are always very enthusiastic and passionate about them. I have been growing them for about four years and only started to try something different to ordinary perennials and shrubs. They have taken over my parents greenhouse completely in this time from about 5 plants originally to about 30 different species/cultivars and probably over 100 individual plants now by propagating from seed/division etc. I also grow succulents and a few cacti but the CPs rule the roost now as the greenhouse is on the cool side for the CPs in winter which the succulents tend to dislike :-( Photography is my other hobby which is very compatible with the CPs as they are all so different to photograph at different stages of growth. Very challenging as well in the confined space of a greenhouse! I shall try to share some photos on here when I can. I really got into growing CPs when I happened to visit Triffid Nurseries during a photography workshop and was totally blown away by how many there are and Andy there is very helpful. It would be good to hear from anyone who lives near me or elsewhere in Norfolk. Thanks, Jonathan
  7. Hi everyone, I have been collecting/growing a variety of carnivorous plants in my greenhouse now for about 4 years now with good results. Unfortunately, this year my two original Cape Sundews (Drosera capensis) have failed to "wake" from their dormancy period. In previous (much colder) winters they always had a green bud and a couple of "leaves" on them if there was a long enough sunny period in December to February. All the other seedlings/cuttings produced from these "mother plants" have all been in leaf for about 3 weeks now and starting to bulk up. The two mature plants are still not showing signs of shooting and what was left of the growth points has now turned dry/brown. Could it be that they have reached the end of their lifespan? Should I wash the soil off and see if the roots have any growth points and try to grow those as cuttings? Thanks for any advice! Jonathan