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.
summit: Hey guys, I'm about to sow some seeds and I was curious to know what everyone thinks 'too hot' for Sarracenia seeds would be? Having them in the dome bumps up the temps a bit.
Oct 2, 2019 13:36:15 GMT -5
DirtyDivisions: summit I’ve been fine at a constant 95° F under the dome. Once the tiny seedlings have two pitchers I remove the dome and temps go down.
Oct 5, 2019 20:28:05 GMT -5
summit: @dirtydivisions Thanks for that! I'm sitting around 87-88F with the dome fully sealed but I wasn't doing that and sacrificing humidity to keep it cooler but I'll go ahead and close it down now!
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Skirt: Sarracenia can grow in Miami, right?
Feb 12, 2020 0:35:25 GMT -5
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mikee: I have just joined this forum so will make a few mistakes - So here goes I have recently started my collection and now have some 150 to 200 plants during my first year. I have some very nice flowers spikes and would like to propagate.
Apr 18, 2020 4:57:24 GMT -5
mikee: So I would like to know the different properties for colour - vigor - size etc I don't have the time due to my age so would not be able run over many years can someone help or guide me
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mikee: Thanks you chofah, there is a great video from The Pitcher Project with Phil Faulisi this was what I was looking for. However it still appears to be wait and see what results come from the cross. Many thanks
Apr 21, 2020 3:41:45 GMT -5
Willy: It would be rather silly to expect totally predictable results from a cross. The individual plants grown from the seeds will vary, sometimes quite a bit, even with carefully protected hand pollination. If you open polinate, the variety may be even greater.
May 22, 2020 21:30:15 GMT -5
petrb: However, my web is in Czech, but you can find there many photos
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superstressed: Recently purchased a s. purpurea from Mike and I am so impressed with the quality of the plant that arrived. My Purpurea is now one of the larger plants in my collection! Mike also included an beautiful Flava var. for free. I will absolutely buy again.
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