Post by billredlionpa on Aug 17, 2015 11:20:45 GMT -5
General 'grow report' info re: raising vft seedlings: Feeding them rehydrated bloodworms greatly increases growth rate. For example, I was excited to find a very dark red seedling in a pot of germinated vft seeds I had bought as a mixed lot with various parents from an eBay seller. I've only fed the dark red one. And, more than half the time, I've left the traps empty. Check out the result!
ya, holy crap, those are impressive Bristol! Those are looking very nice, and it's amazing how you're able to get those kind of colors outdoors. How did they do during this recent heat wave?
I'll for sure keep you all updated on the lizard. Unfortunately, I don't think the trap will open up on its own because the trap is already turning brown and is still completely closed. Seems like it's too much for the plant to eat...oh well.
Fortunately, we have a huge lizard population thanks to the woodchips giving rise to hundreds of thousands of rolly pollies. It's pretty nasty: lots of the purps. and even a few oreophila traps are filled to the brim with them, and when you walk by, there's so much rotting flesh that it smells like a dead animal.
meizzwang- They got their butts kicked during the heat wave that just ended today. Also long dry weather has spured spidermite attacks to become for frequent. But this is typical VFT life down here in So-Cal, but usually with out the spidermites. VFT down season starts about now or even earlier. With the dry heat leaf browning accelerates along with growth of the larger summer traps. But not this time. I make it practice to remove all or most of the infected leaves when spidermites are present prior to the chemical treatment. Yes, a more drastic way of dealing with it, but I found this helps out quite faster, removes most of the eggs and limits the amount of chemical spray contamination. Its a hassle but common now when growing these plants. It been awhile since it got this bad. The leaves are gonna grow looking tweaked after chem-application. It safe to say the season is over for some of these pots...
WOW with all those lizards! your plants must have allot of nourishment. Yeah it does stink really bad especially when you cut the tubes and all of that sarracenia-poop just drops out. Gross when it get on me I tell you...
Here are the current photos; this appearance is yearly
some new photos of D. 'Big Mouth.' So at first, I thought these might not do too well under outdoor Northern Cali sun and weather, and it hasn't done well for many years...until now! Keep in mind, this pot has a bunch of little plants all jammed into one pot, it's not like D. megatraps where you plant one bulb and then the pot is filled by the end of the season.
I have yet to see a picture of D. 'Big Mouth' with big mouths! Was this a marketing ploy, or has someone actually been able to get this thing to grow big? For sure, this clone isn't very vigorous or fast growing, and perhaps it still can produce big mouths, who knows?
Photos of D. 'big mouth' taken 8/24/15. Earlier in the year, this plant caught a Sheet Ton of insects, and now it's bustin out:
Last Edit: Aug 25, 2015 12:25:27 GMT -5 by meizzwang
I alluded to G17 megatraps, here it is! Remember, I originally got this from Carnivero (aka Drew M). Literally, this was 1 mature bulb in the beginning of the season, and now it's filled up the entire pot. Photos taken 8/26/15, definitely a keeper!
Last Edit: Mar 11, 2016 18:18:31 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Post by meizzwang on Sept 10, 2015 13:41:19 GMT -5
Perhaps I was too quick to judge D. 'Big Mouth.' What I can say is it's not as easy or vigorous as other clones, but once it's well established, it'll take off! Only took 3 years to produce a nice sized specimen! Keep in mind, these are multiple little plants all stuffed into one pot. I'm still not seeing "big mouths" on this clone, they seem small to average size. All photos below taken 9/10/15:
Usually by this time of the year, my VFT's are A$$ed out (especially because of the extreme heat waves we ususally get this time of year), but interestingly enough, some clones are still growing in full force. Take this royal red as an example:
yup, this is a very nice clone, easy to grow, performs well throughout the grow season, and not as picky like big mouth:
Post by meizzwang on Sept 10, 2015 15:09:43 GMT -5
Thanks man! I grow these sorta like S. oreophila: the trays are filled up in the morning, and by the evening, the trays are totally dry, but the soil is still moist. Tall pots are also ideal. While they aren't native to Florida, what I did notice is that populations in the field only grew in the slightly drier areas. Areas that were waterlogged had zero VFT's.
VFT's are recovering from last years mite attack and prolong heat wave. I did loose a pot of young Maroon Monsters to mites. New to the row is a pot of King Henry's. They are doing great and appears to be well adapted to the occasional dry weather. I'm disappointed in Dente's, Dentate's and Big Mouth's appearance for they seem to continue to struggle. JAWS, Maroon Monster, Red Dragons, VFT Red Typicals, B52's and Royal Reds are just awesome clones and they just keep multiplying/splitting ever year.
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2016 16:43:05 GMT -5 by Bristol
Had a pretty rough season for venus fly traps here in northern California. For one, it looked like almost every single pot was in decline or dying back, and to this day I still don't know what happened. Strangely enough, 2 or 3 pots looked outstanding the whole time. Around late May or early June of this year, plants out of nowhere seem to spit out new traps and then recover slowly throughout the summer. Sadly, my beautiful pot of royal red almost completely bit the dust and maybe 3 or 4 plants survived. At this time, they're starting to look healthy again. Aside from last year, I've always struggled with these plants and am still trying to figure out why.
Long story short, here's some new photos, taken 8/2/16. Watch out Damon Collingsworth, M. Dubz gonna give you some competish:
Bunch of un-named clones(lots of individuals), some of which are pretty interesting and will likely be propagated:
Colorado giant doing well this year:
D. 'big mouth'-most of the plants in this pot died, but the two or three that survived are thriving:
D. G-14 rosette looking nice:
Making a comeback:
Last Edit: Aug 2, 2016 16:31:41 GMT -5 by meizzwang
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