Regular minors (aka not okee giants) tend to be relatively short, rarely exceeding 10" in height at full flowering maturity. That's what I believed for a while until I started seeing minors that aren't gigantic, but they aren't small either!
The first time I grew out a "tall regular minor" was when I acquired one from California Carnivores way back in the late 90's. I believe this originally came from a botanical garden in North Carolina, but no other information was present at the time, and I ended up disregarding the height of this plant because it looked suspiciously "hybridy" to me. In other words, it did look mostly like a pure minor, but with a hint of something blended in many generations back. The traps grew to about 1.5 feet tall, and never any taller than that. Due to space restrictions and lack of location data, it's no longer in the collection.
I haven't seen any tall "regular" minors like this until now. Take this population photographed below from Charlton Co, GA as an example: the traps on these are almost a foot tall, and these plants haven't yet flowered! Do these have okee giant genes mixed in, or are they their own unique, semi-tall variant?
Hard to tell from the photos, but these traps are between 9-10" tall. I suppose only time will tell what these plants will look like at full maturity. Photos taken 7/4/14:
check out how long and skinny the developing trap is in the background-not typical for your everyday minor:
Last Edit: Jul 8, 2014 13:31:39 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Some new photos of this population, photos taken 6/24/15, around 7am in the morning.
Look at this individual!
Healthy and thriving, this tray is BAKING in full sun literally from dawn to dusk, and they love it. Kinda sucks for me though, I have to water them every day, and sometimes 2x a day when there's a heat wave. These were recently transplanted/spaced out, so now they have room to show their fullest potential. Can't wait for the fall!
Glowing in the morning sun:
Check out how tall that new trap is in the background:
Beautiful plants Mike! Full grown minors is one of my favorite of the species because they are so different from the rest. I was wondering how you water these? I was told that these like drier conditions and to not have them sitting in a tray, just to top water them every couple of days. What would you recommend?
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Thanks Corey! In community trays, I make sure the soil is moist at all times,not water logged. When potted up individually, they are sitting in water, but no more than 1/2 or 1" of water at any given time. Once the water dries up in the tray, I fill it back up (the soil is never allowed to dry).
Others have reported growing their minors sitting in water constantly and don't have issues, but that causes rot for me.
Post by theplantman on Jun 25, 2015 13:22:43 GMT -5
I tend to increase pot size and soil volume when a plant gets prone to falling over or drying out.
And awesome plants!! The glow Sarrs get from backlighting is one of my favorite aspects of growing them. I even sited my nursery area where the afternoon sun sets right behind the majority of the plants.
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Beautiful plants Mike! Full grown minors is one of my favorite of the species because they are so different from the rest.
Couldn't have said it better Corey. Terrific plants Mike. And, minor do look really good when back lit.
Interesting about the water v heat issue. I find the only plants here that suffer like that are Rubra rubra and jonesii. But that's the thing isn't it? Every local growing condition is a little different from the next. Finding what works for one's own place is the key to success. Your images here are a perfect example!
I can attest to Minors just like that being found in Florida as well as Minors growing up to 45cm tall with a very stocky build, most of which are found in north central Florida. I also believe that Okee Giant Minor, like Okee Giant Psitt can also be found far from home, as I have found examples of what is or could be Okee Giant Minor here in north central Florida.
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DirtyDivisions: summit I’ve been fine at a constant 95° F under the dome. Once the tiny seedlings have two pitchers I remove the dome and temps go down.
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summit: @dirtydivisions Thanks for that! I'm sitting around 87-88F with the dome fully sealed but I wasn't doing that and sacrificing humidity to keep it cooler but I'll go ahead and close it down now!
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mikee: I have just joined this forum so will make a few mistakes - So here goes I have recently started my collection and now have some 150 to 200 plants during my first year. I have some very nice flowers spikes and would like to propagate.
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mikee: So I would like to know the different properties for colour - vigor - size etc I don't have the time due to my age so would not be able run over many years can someone help or guide me
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mikee: Thanks you chofah, there is a great video from The Pitcher Project with Phil Faulisi this was what I was looking for. However it still appears to be wait and see what results come from the cross. Many thanks
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Willy: It would be rather silly to expect totally predictable results from a cross. The individual plants grown from the seeds will vary, sometimes quite a bit, even with carefully protected hand pollination. If you open polinate, the variety may be even greater.
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