All of the pictures below were taken April 1, 2012:
S. flava var. rugelii
Another S. flava var. rugelii flower with developing pitchers:
Tub of S. flava var. rugelii flowers just starting to open up, and the first pitchers are emerging:
Always the first plant to produce pitchers in the collection: S. flava var. rugelii from Ben Hill Co, GA:
New pitcher emerging on the S. flava var. ornata black veins from Bulloch Co, GA:
Collection overall is just starting to wake up:
Flower buds barely starting to emerge on the S. psittacinas. Note: this is just one of the tubs-there's more All of the pitchers shown here are from last year's growth-they still look good, but will be replaced by new traps within a few weeks:
One of the S. purpurea tubs-purp purps, montanas, venosas, roseas, you name it, it's probably there. These are all old pitchers from last year, and the new ones are just starting to form:
One last view of the collection:
Last Edit: Apr 1, 2012 18:30:15 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Post by Jonathan Mejia on Apr 2, 2012 22:02:13 GMT -5
airforce1 I think you just don't understand, yet. Most of the people have multiples of each plant, if not because it looks cool, than for the genetic variation. Also there are local varieties of the same species, so they become collectable, and also, many times when dividing rhizomes, you end up with multiple plants of the same clone, as a consequence of good growing conditions (so a collection of the same genet). Or maybe you planted 50 seeds, and they all look different, even if they came from the same parents.
Having a huge collection involves getting many varieties, but may also involve getting many of the same species in case some die off, or something happens.
Most of the people in this forum have many Sarracenia, not just 2 or 3. And the pictures Mike posted are only a small amount of his collection.
Variety is the spice of life! With S. psittacina, for example, there are clones that are dark purple, some with very white heads, others with fat, round heads, others with pointed beaks, some that are very sensitive and die for no apparent reason, while others tolerate a lot of abuse...
Having such a large collection and a huge amount of genetic diversity for every species is important for the future of the species. For example, imagine if the human race was comprised of one clone-just you, and there were billions of you! Say you have a weak immune system and get a cold that can kill you, and it spreads like a wildfire. Poof, goodbye humans-you'll all get wiped out! On the other hand, with a diverse population of humans, with various genetics and immune systems, while a few individuals may be suceptible to that cold and die out, others will be resistant to the disease and the species will continue to survive. For a breeder, a species collection with a lot of diversity gives them more choices and opportunities to create that coveted cultivar. With so much variety, they have the advantage of creating a new plant that nobody has ever seen before that's highly desirable. Plant breeding brings another level of enthusiasm and excitement to the hobby-it takes experience, time, artistic talent, and a little bit of luck to be a successful breeder. The more you learn about this hobby, the deeper you get into it!
Post by paulbarden on Apr 17, 2012 22:09:30 GMT -5
What an exciting view, Mike! Wow
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