While this probably isn't the exact reason Phil named the cultivar black widow, the name is absolutely a perfect fit for this jaw dropping cultivar. Photo taken 5/31/16, it's un EFFIN REAL! Notice the red atropurpureas to the left of black widow for a comparison in darkness:
Last Edit: May 31, 2016 18:10:17 GMT -5 by meizzwang
If this is a "sport" or mutant of Phil's black widow, I'd call it " S. BLACK as EF" cuz that's what it is! Photos taken 6/20/16, easily the blackest, darkest Sarracenia in cultivation. Freakin hats off to Phil, I sometimes can't believe my eyes when I see this plant, but it's as black as you see it!
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2017 12:56:20 GMT -5 by meizzwang
I acquired this Black Widow as a small plant from Dean Cook in 2017, and it is finally showing me what it can do. Honestly I was shocked with how vigorous this pitcher is and now, after two seasons of mediocre performance, I am beginning to understand what this plant's hype is about, even before getting to its name sake coloring.
looking again at the pics in this thread and elsewhere, I agree meizzwang . It may be environmental or as simple as the angle of the shots I'm taking. This trap seems to have presented heavily on the alata side of the cross, with its bulbous shape. I'm going to take some better shots by moving the plant when I get home but here is one I attempted to get its really dark backside:
Also, I saw another trap forming so we'll see where that goes.
Okay, this is looking more like a S. "pretty dark widow" but not quite black widow...yet! We just had a heat wave that fried quite a few of the traps, so unfortunately, I'm not sure these will last long enough to get really black. Maybe the next set of pitchers will be good looking.
To recap, this clone really needs to have the traps age for quite a while before they blacken up. Photos takne 6/10-ish/19:
summit: Hey guys, I'm about to sow some seeds and I was curious to know what everyone thinks 'too hot' for Sarracenia seeds would be? Having them in the dome bumps up the temps a bit.
Oct 2, 2019 13:36:15 GMT -5
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.
Oct 5, 2019 20:28:05 GMT -5
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!
Oct 7, 2019 14:10:11 GMT -5
Hello, I want to buy some seed: Hello, I want to buy some seeds
Oct 16, 2019 8:28:32 GMT -5
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Oct 16, 2019 8:30:52 GMT -5
Tian Jingfa: If you have time, please come back to me. Thank you.
Oct 16, 2019 8:38:00 GMT -5
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Dec 9, 2019 20:05:53 GMT -5
Skirt: Sarracenia can grow in Miami, right?
Feb 12, 2020 0:35:25 GMT -5
DirtyDivisions: Yep, Sarracenia will grow anywhere! In your toilet even...if have the proper amount of light etc...
Apr 4, 2020 23:49:51 GMT -5
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.
Apr 18, 2020 4:57:24 GMT -5
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
Apr 18, 2020 5:00:48 GMT -5
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
Apr 21, 2020 3:41:45 GMT -5
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.
May 22, 2020 21:30:15 GMT -5
petrb: However, my web is in Czech, but you can find there many photos
May 24, 2020 1:48:38 GMT -5
superstressed: Recently purchased a s. purpurea from Mike and I am so impressed with the quality of the plant that arrived. My Purpurea is now one of the larger plants in my collection! Mike also included an beautiful Flava var. for free. I will absolutely buy again.
May 24, 2020 21:27:00 GMT -5