Rubbish growing on top of soil / rhizome
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3M ago
Anyone know what this stuff is and how I get rid of it!? I’ve scraped it off but just keeps coming back ..read more
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Scale Pesticide
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6M ago
Does anyone see any issues with using this to get rid of scale on some nepenthes and heliamphora? Read an article saying it was better to use a systemic pesticide due to the waxy coating ..read more
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Winter Buys
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8M ago
Hi,     Is it worth me buying plants in the winter (I live in a flat with no garden), or is it best to wait until spring?  ..read more
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Found this suspicious looking bug on my Sarracenia, is it a pest?
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11M ago
I'm hoping that you guys can help me identify this bug I came across today on my Sarracenia so that I can take action if it's a pest. I tried using Google lens and looking at photos of common pests, but I wasn't able to find an ID.  ..read more
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Video: Springtails and Sundews.
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1y ago
Video Springtails and Sundews. Are springtails harmful in plant growing media? What happens when they encounter sundews? The exciting world of primordial insects under the microscope. English subtitles.     ..read more
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TDS Meter cheap or not so cheap
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1y ago
Hi, can anyone tell me if I should buy a cheap or expensive TDS meter they seem to range enormously in price thanks  ..read more
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Ode to a Venus Fly Trap
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1y ago
Hi all.  First time back since 2019!  Lockdown took a lot out of me, but I still have my outside bogs and a Nepenthes hanging up in the window (which I have succcessfully propagated and given to a friend).  But here's a little something I wrote a couple of weeks ago, just popped into my head. ?   Ode to a Venus Fly Trap My leaves are green, my mouth is red I wait in patience to be fed I have no eyes to see the sky No ears to hear the humming fly But insect of my scent beware For should you trip my trigger hair My jaws will close with silent snap And you will struggle in my ..read more
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Cultivar
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1y ago
First of all, the word "breeding" I use here means "creating new artificial varieties". It does not mean pollinating to obtain hybrid clones. Even when pollinating two pure species to create F1 Hybrid clones, the task of pollination and creating hybrid clones is only a tiny fragment / small portion of an entire breeding program. If you are confused by reading this, please do not think further. Real plant breeders (or anyone who knows what "breeding" is) can understand. The international plant naming rules of the International Society for Horticultural Science do not allow the use of “cultivar ..read more
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TDS confusion.
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1y ago
So being mindful about the possible issues that high tds levels can cause I have got a (cheap) meter and been keeping an eye on things.  Rainwater in my butts is not good.. probs because it comes off an asbestos garage roof and there will be significant debri build up in the butts too.  I have however collected rainwater direct into buckets that is very low tds. I have also got a good supply (from my friendly window cleaner) of ro water that is absolute zero.  Now using the zero stuff, or fresh rain the issue I have is that once the plants have been in trays for a while the tds ..read more
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Anyone used Neem oil to kill bugs? Some advice needed
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1y ago
Hello, I have some bugs on some Sarra seedlings, and have seen many posts around where people recommend using Neem oil. I would like to try this, but have a few questions... I've seen some people (ie mainly the people selling Neem oil, looking to make an extra sale!) say that you need an emulsifier to get it to mix with water, whereas I've seen others say you can just shake it up to get it to mix. Anyone any comments on this? How much do I need to spray on the plants? I saw it said that it works by suffocating the bugs, in which case you'd need to spray it quite liberally, which could be a pr ..read more
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