Here's another alata black clone from Mike King's collection. As with all the dark or red clones, the spring pitchers under my outdoor conditions are, for the most part, green. Some of them have red under the lid and little dabs of pigment here and there on the body, but that's it.
Under greenhouse conditions, many of these clones can color up right away and turn black immediately.
If you grow a black or red clone of S. alata, don't be discouraged if it's all green at first-that's totally normal! As the pitchers age in the summer, the red becomes more pronounced, and you'll see red pigments slowly coloring up the body. The fall pitchers generally are where the color is at, and when you end up with a huge specimen plant filled with dark red or even black pitchers, you'll realize the wait was worth it!
Well, it's still too early to see the dark black pitchers, but here are some summer traps:
S. alata 'black/stocky' Desoto NF, AL. This clone actually looks red right now, but can turn black:
Last Edit: Jun 19, 2018 16:02:19 GMT -5 by meizzwang
whoa, haven't seen those pictures above in a while, they seemed to have been wiped out for a long time only to return recently.
Some new photos of MKA28. Just so you know, I still haven't had the opportunity to photograph this plant when it turns solid dark pupleish-black (last year, it colored up all the way, but the traps were beat up from powdery mildew and crazy wind), but hopefully this year they'll produce some nice, "photographable" DARK fall traps. Pics taken 6/18/18:
Same exact trap as the first picture! This is the "dark side" of the pitcher that doesn't get direct sunlight:
Same trap, face view: notice the side that gets direct light is red, and the dark side is green!
Interior of the traps seem to get dark much easier than the exterior of the traps:
Younger pitcher to the left, older to the right. Still have some coloring up to do, not at the fullest potential:
Last Edit: Jun 19, 2018 13:40:12 GMT -5 by meizzwang
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!
Jul 22, 2020 13:21:21 GMT -5
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
Aug 27, 2020 8:28:29 GMT -5
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