What up man, you know who this is......great thread bro. AWESOME V-Trap photos too. G17 is a beast....
I'm interested in knowing your observations on which traps do good and which ones don't. All the ones I have that were weak were killed by heat and rot, POS they were..really. All the buds that were from that same group I canned...I don't really have the name or number other than I just labeled it VFT Typical. Some rarities I had flowered also became stressed and kicked the bucket especially when the Santa Ana' comes around. (Rarities like purple ambush, and such, Claytons Red, young Maroon Monsters, Czech' Giant). They just never seem to come back strong after flowering. Its like, "HERE's MY SEEDS, BYE NOW! Time to die. I should have been more patient.... what's your take on flowering VFT's?
The weakest one I have now that's mere hanging on is VFT Dente. Always gets black spots and get burned too easily...I'm in SoCAL ZONE 10 which can be stressful on some types of VFT's. But others do just well...
Last Edit: Aug 15, 2015 11:38:16 GMT -5 by Bristol
What's up Bristol?! Thanks for posting, ya I know who you are Your VFT's look better than mine man! Feel free to post pix here, they're very impressive!
Flowering should only be done if you're trying to make seeds, otherwise I'd cut them off every time. Also, only let your biggest, baddest plant flower, smaller plants don't produce as many seeds. Flowering significantly taxes the plant and can set them back pretty bad unless you're growing super-vigorous clones like B-52.
Here's a list of what has done well for me outdoors in Northern Cali: it would be interesting to see if you get similar results...I'm in zone 9, so it's a bit cooler than where you are at, but don't get me wrong, it still gets hot! 1) royal red 2) Holland Red 3) random TC clone from the 1990's 4) Orton's 5) B-52 6) Grun (with the 2 little dots on top of the U) 7) King Henry 8) Justina Davis 9) Jaws (well, sorta. It's doing okay).
I think there might be more to this list, but can't think of it off the top of my head....
At first, this is what I saw, and I thought it was maybe a spider's leg or something:
After opening up the trap, it was hard to believe what I was seeing. Nevermind my "I just mixed a batch of peat moss" dirty nails, that's a baby lizard! The trap was shut so tightly that had I peeled it back any further, it would have broken the trap. Fair and square, but I'm still a bit bummed because those lizards help eat the aphids and pests off my plants, and overall they're a good measure of a healthy environment. Fortunately, the traps aren't big enough to catch the adults, so the lizard population isn't likely going to be affected in the long run:
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Here's D. 'Burbank's Best' aka Mike Wang's worst, grown outdoors in California. Photos taken 7/21/15. Needless to say, it doesn't do well for me:
At least it's not doing horrible, but I wouldn't think there's any "ooooo's or Aaaaaaah's" after seeing this:
one last pic of Burbank's best, hope he's got better ones these days, LOL:
Now here's a plant that I can recommend: D. 'Holland Red.' I had 2 or 3 flower spikes on it, so that's why it's not busting out with crazy giant traps right now, but considering the fact that I allowed all the energy to go flowering, this plant is recovering quite well. It'll probably be pretty fat in a month or so, just look at all that new growth emerging:
Green petioles and red traps make a nice contrast:
Well, the traps seem to become dark purple as the trap ages, but they're bright red right when they open up:
Post by billredlionpa on Aug 4, 2015 9:59:24 GMT -5
First, I apologize for the crappy pictures. I had hoped to pick up each pot, clean it, and take really nice shots for my 2 cents input. But, I've been really busy and figured it would be better to get my comments out now, and take pictures on the fly, rather than possibly not get to it at all.
Secondly, 'B52,' 'King Henry,' 'Jaws,' 'Ginormous,' and 'Megatraps' had a small headstart vs the rest of the plants. Some of them also started out larger than the other plants reviewed. So, while this isn't exactly a scientific study, you can still see how some plants are growing vigorously outdoors, vs others which are closer to stagnating.
It has been really rainy here, with a lot of thunderstorms. Temps have hit the 90's, and they are in full sun. Here is how they did:
Ok, so here is a group shot. Back left corner is 'King Henry' and it's the reason I had to pull the camera back so far. Look at how long and large the traps are! This plant has been vigorous from the very start, and has consistently put out trap after trap all season. Perhaps because of the trap height, it has caught quite a few wasps. It's been one of the better hunters in my backyard grow tray. Back right is B52. Crazy vigorous growth, looks like it's divided a few times over as well. Sorry for the bad photo - it's impressive in person. Also a good trapper. Front right corner is 'G17' aka 'Megatraps.' While not nearly as impressive as the other two, it's just about as large and vigorous, plus a good wasp catcher. It has done really well and it's almost a 3-way tie. Front left is 'Gremlin' and I'm impressed with it. It started out as a small plant at the beginning of the season, and adapted to my conditions slowly but smoothly. It's put on a growth spurt lately and I really like it.
Here is another shot of 'Gremlin.' I like the rosette growth pattern. Some vfts are more asymmetrical and spiky, like B52, which seems like it is bursting out of the soil and ain't got time for no orderly growth haha. I'm trying to evaluate each plant on what it is supposed to be. For example, 'Gremlin' isn't supposed to be a 'giant' clone, so even though it isn't huge, I'm thinkin' its doing pretty well.
'G16' Has done well also - healthy growth, definitely better than plants which will follow a little later. But as a 'Giant' vft clone, it hasn't blown me away though.
'Etna' started out as a small plant, and has steadily put on decent size. It has done well in rainy conditions, getting splattered with soil, etc. Definitely a solid performer.
It's looking a little off its game at the moment, but I've been really impressed with 'Jaws' - it's one of my favorites. Traps can get a deep blood red, and it has been one of the most prolific wasp trappers. Looks like it even catches moths at night. Perhaps it has a slightly superior trap speed, strength, and attractants? Just speculation on my part...
So it's a little harder to evaluate 'Ginormous,' because this is the core plant I took a bunch of leaf pullings from last fall. It nearly started out as a leaf pulling itself. It may tie the other plants for top wasp catcher - at one time, 7 (or possibly 8) traps all had wasps in them!! It may look a little whacked out because it's probably overdue for dormancy. It's gonna sleep well this winter!
'A2' hasn't done too much. In all fairness, I started out with a much larger B52... but still, 'A2' seems to be just kind of chilling out at this size.
'Low Giant' just kind of sat there for months, then put on a small growth spurt. Not a bad looking plant; maybe next year it will do better.
'Spider' has a cool growth style. It started out as a small plant, so it has done alright. Not setting the world on fire, but it's slowly progressing in size.
'FTS Flaming Lips' looks like it has the potential for incredible coloration. It's finally starting to put out some traps; it adjusted to my growing conditions at a little less than average speed vs the rest of the VFTs I'm listing. But, look at the trap shape and color!
I guess it's called 'Dutch Delight' because the Dutch are easily delighted heh heh. It doesn't seem to be delighted with it's conditions.
'Bristletooth' Interesting traps, but you might want to keep a magnifying glass handy to enjoy them.
So, this is a shocker. Keep in mind it has been in the same conditions as all of the other plants. Also, they have all had nearly the same amount of time outdoors. Maybe 'DCXL' stands for Demands Cash, (returns) Xtremely Little'
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
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