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    DATE :- Saturday 25th May 2019 TIME:- 12pm - 5pm PLACE:- East Horsley Village Hall Kingston Avenue East Horsley Leatherhead  KT24 6QT
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    CPS Issues

    Everyone is still a member
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    CPS Issues

    I will put this suggestion to the rest of the committee, Dunc.
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    CPS Issues

    We will be doing so.
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    When to buy plants

    Temperate plants in dormancy should be fine, but I wouldn’t buy tropical plants to come through the postal system at this time of year.
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    Have I killed my seeds?

    At least some of them should still come up fine. I don't usually expect to see germination until April or May from my Sarracenia seeds, that I tend to sow around Christmas time and place in an unheated polytunnel.
  7. I’m always attracted to the plants ‘sick bay’ as well in gardens centres. I just refer to them as hybrids, as you can’t guarantee that they are what you think, especially if you trade divisions of them in the future. There are many cultivars which look very similar to each other, or seed grown plants that are almost identical to a particular cultivar, which they definitely aren’t. Always better to be safe.
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    Where's my rain?

    We’re Dark Peak, so that explains why it’s so low for us. A total godsend in this dry weather
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    Where's my rain?

    Quite feasible, as I know a few people not far way who are in Lancashire and have similar TDS levels. We never have to de-scale any appliances either.
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    Where's my rain?

    True, we are very lucky to have extremely soft water round here. Highest it’s ever tested here is 61.
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    Where's my rain?

    The TDS of our tap water only measures 47 straight from the tap
  12. Really fed up as can’t manage to get down due to a nightmare unfolding here
  13. Has anyone used Vitax Irish peat? I'm wondering what it's like and whether or not it is worth buying. Seems good value, and locally sourcable (almost everywhere around here seems to sell Westlands, that's if they sell peat in the first place)
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    Vitax Irish peat

    Interesting that they’ve now changed their mind about fertiliser being added. My pitchers are growing nice and straight, apart from a couple along the edge of my polytunnel where I think the wind has blow the cover against them.
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    Vitax Irish peat

    Even more annoying is that their website says it is pure Irish peat. http://www.vitaxgrower.co.uk/product/irish-peat/
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    Vitax Irish peat

    ****! Looks like some repotting is needed here too. Strangely the vfts that hadn’t done well in Westland peat have really perked up in the vitax
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    Change in weather by Saturday

    Winter is firmly back around here - icy cold and wet
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    Water trays

    Thanks, I’ll top them all up, so that they can benefit from the extra water. To be hoped not Alexis, although the snows are now forecast for Monday, but fingers crossed they’ll miss us.
  19. I’m wondering how people especially in the UK are going on this year with regards to re-filling water trays. Currently, I’m still just sparodically watering to keep them damp, but the plants are starting to wake up so really need the trays filling. The only concern I have about doing so, is that we’re forecast another bout of severe winter weather so don’t want them to freeze totally solid. The weather this year is so erratic, one week the temperatures in the polytunnel are pretty high and the next they’re in the minuses.
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    Venus fly traps frozen solid

    I wouldn't worry, mine are all frozen solid too in an unheated polytunnel.
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    Does anyone keep their sarracenia outside?

    I'm in the Peak District and keep most of mine in a polytunnel. However I have a few large planters outside all year containing Darlingtonia, Sarracenia, Pinguicula and Drosera. They manage fine, although I am debating moving them to a more sheltered location given this extreme cold snap.
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    Vitax Irish peat

    I'm planning on trying the mix that Mike King uses on my mature Sarracenia this year, but not for the seedlings and vfts.