Growing leah wilkerson to its optimum potential takes a huge rhizome and humid conditions. The plants have outgrown their 2-gal pots. These rhizomes are about the size of a plate. Now from experience if a large rhizome is cramped in a pot as shown in the photos and not given enough space and air, it will develop rot. That's unthinkable for such a vigorous plant such as LW. But it has happened three times already. The rot starts from the ends of the rhizome and works it way to the front slowly. Though hesitant dividing and separating is a must. The down side is the plants are set back and I won't see them in their splendor till next season. Heights of the tubes will definately be smaller. The up side is I went from three pots to four and half. I set one large rhizome in a 1-gal pot. I want to study its behavior while free from all the cluster.
January 2018; divide and separate. April 2018 season......
Thanks so much for the info and great pictures, @bristol. While its unfortunate the plants won't reach their full potential this year, I know a number of growers (myself included) that suffered substantial losses over the winter due to rot so it is great to learn something we should be doing to prevent it.
Certainly not where Bristol is with his LW. I guess better luck next year. This S. 'Leah Wilkerson' is in a 9w x 9h pot and it's starting to touch the sides. I also have one in a 6w x 8h pot that needs bigger digs. I may repot them in a few days so they can settle in by next spring. They dry out quickly in the mid 90 temps we've had here. Anyway ...
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2018 14:20:05 GMT -5 by rmeyer
I'm posting this photo mainly to show how LW today is obviously far from once was. Disturbing (dividing) the plant had affected its appearance; color, height and girth of pitchers. The problem growing this plant here in zone 10 is that the plant tends to ROT as rhizomes become larger and more spaghetti'd. The largest intact LW rhizome I've grown was the size of a oval platter plate with, 15 GP's.
When established these plants grow so fast and huge that they bust their pots which leads to disturbance. In future I'm gonna stick these plants in a massive 10-gal tree pot to see how big I could grow them without ROTTING. IT will be a risk. More easier to maintain LW in the smaller 2.5 gal pots (shown here).
I do like the flowers on LW. I'll post a follow up later.
It still looks really good Bristol! I have one Leah W. that's going to need a repot from a 2 gal. pot after this season and another that I'm thinking will need to go after next season. I'm going to repot them into 5 gal. pots so they can grow as large as possible before I need to divide them.
I still think leah is one of the best plants we have in this hobby. It is so vigorous, I have one that I got as a tiny piece 2 years ago. First year just a couple of small spindle pitchers, last year 3 pitchers that hit 12 inches. This year in moved to a 11 inch pot and has a flower bud on one growth point and a load of new pitchers on the others.
stu: Hi Mike: I’m pleased to report that the S. rubra wherryi Chatom Giant you sent has arrived in great shape as did the bonus plant from NC. Both are now back under southern skies and are feeling warm, humid, and at home again. Thanks!
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sanguinearocks101: I am planning on doing an order from Mike... and I’m on a budget, some of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made
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sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
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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
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sarrseens: How about $50
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