sflguy: they definitely cannot handle hard water, they need quality water just like Sarracenia, but they can tolerate slightly higher salt concentrations. They love full sun, but don't like sitting in water...they're actually pretty easy to grow.
Fingers crossed I get some of these to flower this year, a few are sending up "spikes" but with such small bulbs, you never know if there's a flower bud in them:
Can't wait for these things to open! There's been a huge battle with aphids for weeks now, and fingers crossed they don't make the flowers turn all deformed. The aphids seem to mainly attack the flower buds, and those Argentinian ants sucking the nectar from the aphids and protecting them isn't helping out.
It looks like all you get is one flower per bulb, but sometimes a bulb will split into 2 and then you get a side "pup" that can flower as well. Overall, L. catesbaei seems very easy to grow so far:just feed it once or twice a month with some maximum steroids aka maxsea. They can tolerate SLIGHTLY higher concentrations of fertilizer compared to Sarracenia.
About 2-3 weeks ago, I started panicking because it looked like these plants were in decline for some reason! There was a huge amount of leaves turning yellow and dying off, but then the monkey playing the symbols disappeared and a light in my head turned on: DUH! They're translocating nutrients from the old leaves into the flower spike! In simple terms, this is normal and expected.
Photos taken 8/7/15. What you're looking at here is a flower bud subtended by a bunch of leaves on the flower spike:
I saw these old, shoddy-looking yellow/dying leaves and panicked! Always keep an eye on new growth because that's what really matters:
When these first started to produce spikes, my worry was that the bulbs were too small to support flowers. Lot of the times with oriental lilies, for example, they'll send out a wanna-be spike but not have any flowers in them. NOT the case for L. catesbaei, if you see a spike continue to grow, it'll likely have a flower in it! These plants are pretty small, and it was surprising to see even some relatively small bulbs pushing out flower buds:
So excited! There's going to be quite a few flowers this year:
You can see the ongoing battle with aphids(little black dots)-them aphids iz dead in this photo:
In reference to the slightly out of focus plant in the front, center:that was one bulb, and during the spring, it split itself into 2 bulbs, both of which are sending up spikes!
Yes, good ol' baldwin Co, AL! I'm excited to see what these look like when they open, can't wait!
Oh, so Naturenuts-what happened to your L. catesbaei from last year, did you get seeds, and did the bulb produce another flower spike this year?
Unfortunately, I did not get any seed. Something drilled into the forming seedpod and it rotted out. However, the same L. catesbaei evidently split and sent up 2 flower spikes about 3 weeks ago and flowered. I didn't get any good pics though cause it was constantly raining and they lost their petals before I could capture their beauty. I have another one that didn't bloom last year, but should be blooming in a week or so. Hopefully I can get a pic or two of it.
Okay, now I'm getting pretty excited because it seems like some of these flower buds will probably open within the next week or 2, weather dependent of course. Photos taken 8/24/15:
Look at all of those flower buds! When I first planted these bulbs out in late winter 2015, the bulbs looked small and it seemed like one might bloom if we're lucky. Turns out there's 21 flower spikes(not all are photographed below)!
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Post by DirtyDivisions on Aug 27, 2015 16:53:04 GMT -5
My last Lilium catesbaei has opened and a glorious flower it is. It's the first time this particular plant has flowered and the three year wait was worth it!! If you do not have this flower you need to get it! Oh...meizzwang, I'd like to reserve at least 5 of your babies that you said you were planning on offering in the late fall
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5