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I am a sucker for the 'half price half dead' section at the garden centre and have acquired a couple of quite nice Sarracenia from that section of my local Homebase (including a huge one reduced from £35 to £2.50- one grow point was rescuable but that is doing well). The problem is putting names to them. Does anyone know which wholesalers tend to supply cheap bulk CPs in this country so I can check the ID?

Many seem to be from Carniflora, the bright plastic label with a fly on it being a give away, and the plants match well to the website. Others do not match, including a couple of S. leucophylla based forms that are clearly not true species. These seem to match varieties on the Araflora website (S. x leucophylla "Big Daddy". S. x leucophylla "Royal Redwhite" (the latter is the giant one I rescued; both have a curious 'pinched' lid like that of S. catesbaei which I assume in in their ancestry) as well as what looks like  Dionaea "jumbo"). Is Araflora (or a supplier linked to them) a likely source?

I know if I bought only from reputable sources i would not have this problem, and most of my collection is from proper growers, but I am a cheapskate and can't resist it.

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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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I don't think araflora supplies wholesale plants. The assortment of most wholesale nurseries is pretty much the same with Carniflora having a rather big assortment, some wholesale suppliers that might export to the UK:

Carniflora as mentioned: http://carniflora.nl/assortiment/index.html

Stricker plants: https://www.floraxchange.nl/Account/Kweker/230/Stricker#catalogus

Cresco: https://www.floraxchange.nl/Account/Kweker/1510/Cresco-Carnivora#catalogus

Lammehave: http://www.lammehave.dk/sarracenia/

It also seems that Corn. Bak. is now selling a larger variant of venus flytraps: https://www.bromelia.com/producten.php?cat=20

 

I think those are the most important companies that produce them in big quantities and might possibly export them to the UK,  there are a few others though but most don't really have other products than the ones listed here. 

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