The set of seeds that produced the following plant were sown on 1/23/2015, germinated 2-3 weeks after, and has grown into this relatively large plant in just over a year. This one, and one other plant from the same set of seeds, flowered at the end of February. I have new pots on the way to move these into. Sarracenia purpurea by Adam B., on Flickr
I do hope to share more pictures of my collection this year. If only it was less time consuming. Well, most of the outside plants are in full growing mode now. Albeit, there are still some stragglers. For all those where the season is only beginning, here is some eye candy to hold you over.
S. "purple lips" X flava var. cuprea
S. flava var. ornata "lidless" - A new acquisition whose first pitcher I am eagerly awaiting.
S. flava var. ornata "improved black veins" - One of the improved black veins from Mike. It seems to have settled in and this year's pitchers are significantly larger. It is yet to be seen if I can produce the black veins under my conditions.
The three in the middle from left to right: S. flava var. ornata (Walton Co, FL), S. x 'Adrian Slack', S. flava var. ornata "improved black viens" select clone
S. flava var. cuprea "Bronze"
S. leucophylla 'Helmut's Delight' - This one is the most precious of the bunch this year.
S. flava var. rubricorpora (Bay Co, FL) - the tall one in the middle
S. RED (Wilkerson's Red Rocket X Franklin Co, FL clone B) and AJ01
Great photos everyone! Lol @adam I feel you bro - my under-lights fix has been key for getting through the winter over here. pokie22 stop making everyone jealous with your well-grown plants Those Helmut's Delight spring pitchers are really, really good for a cultivated leuco - nice work! In your experience, is that clone a consistent spring pitcherer? And I am sure the IBV will blacken for you in dat Cali sun.
calen - I like to think that I grow two genera exceptionally well - Heliamphora and Cephalotus. Sarracenia are a relatively new genus for me with 95% of the collection added in the last 2 years. They are effectually my outside chain gang and their sole purpose is to catch the hordes of flies that emanate from the garden. Regarding the Helmut's Delight, I received it late last spring so I can't say whether its current spring performance is typical. It was overwintered similarly to the rest of the collection. Perhaps meizzwang can comment, since he has more experience with this clone.
Here are a few more pics:
S. leucophylla 'Helmut's Delight' - new pitchers are more reddish color which fades as it matures.
S. x RED (Wilkerson's Red Rocket X Franklin Co, FL clone B) - I checked the tag on this plant this morning and noted that I erred in labeling it in my previous post. Now that its parentage is known, I do see some of the Red Rocket pitcher shape.
I was taking pics of red things:
S. x 'Blood Moon'
S. flava var. rubricorpora - F20 MK
S. flava var. rubricorpora F1 select clone (Mike Wang) - darkest in the collection so far and was absolutely stunning last year!
My small outside bog that I made last year - these plants were all sacrifices
calen - this IBV in the bog has the greatest chance of having black veins. We shall have to wait and see.
Wavy business - I have not a clue what some individuals are doing, but quiet a few of them are into this latest fad.
Darlingtonia Californica - meizzwang , these pics are for you of a cobra that I placed in my 22C incubator. The heads and tongues are completely covered in nectar.
Wow, everybodys plants look fantastic and so much further advanced than my own. However I'm pleased to see my purpureas emerging from dormancy. One of my favourites has been S. rosea Melissa Mazur, still looking good with last year's pitchers. The bonus is its flowering so planning what to cross it with?
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Pokie:that's an impressive collection, those plants look top notch! Outstanding job! My main Waccamaw clone has one pitcher doing the same thing:it's got a serious lean on it...WTF? Never seen anything like it before, so that leads me to think it was a temperature thing: wacky warm Feb temps, followed by luke cold weeks of rain, followed by a cold snap and then it warmed up again.... However, on the same exact plant, another growth point is pushing out a pitcher that's completely normal, so who knows?
Calen: So far, Helmut's delight consistently produces outstanding spring pitchers year after year here in the Bay Area, but only if it's in good shape. It has been very warm here during our late winters/early springs, so that might have something to do with it. In warmer areas, where it warms up in the 70's in Feb. and March, leucophyllas of all kinds seem to send out strong spring pitchers.
I think there was a year or so when Helmut's delight was overgrown by other leucos the previous year and it produced dinky, small spring traps.
No doubt, there are leuco clones that can produce nice spring traps in cooler spring weather, but we're still observing and collecting data on that. So far, some Wilkerson leucophyllas have produced outstanding spring traps, but that might have been very environmentally induced because it didn't produce any fall pitchers the previous season. Stuff's complicated.
Red things and moorei are making me drool....I need some decent warm weather already!!!! Pokie: I agree with everyone else, you're making us jealous . Can't wait to see how some of those rubri's look later on; I've got one SG clone that's consistently made black cherry colored pitchers once they've aged, hoping it gets more than a foot tall this year
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They are ready. Like crocs waiting in the rivers for the annual wildebeest migration in the Eastern Serengeti, Africa. They are hungry. Sorry for the huge upload, but these will probably be the last photos of these plants in their prime for the 2016 season. I wanted to share them now. Soon the Fig-Beetles and the flying Cockroaches will come and destroy the appearance of these plants. The Beetles and Cockroaches will feast, and so will the plants. This happens every year. If you look and wonder how some of these plants get this large and look like this, its not because I fertilize them for I don't. They feed really well during the season. I've been hoping to get a night photo of the flying Cockroach, but its difficult and I only seen them a few times at night feasting on a pitch. I would have to do a night reconnaissance to get the shot. They are the largest, most disgusting cockroaches I'd ever seen and yes I am concern that one of them will land on me. There is the black California Cockroach that also wanders to the plants at night. Most of the time I see them during the day, already deep inside the tubes struggling to get out. In the months to come I will post photos of the Beetles and hopefully a photo of a struggling Cockroach and the destruction and aftermath they cause.
S. x Moorei Hybrid #5 from Josh CP Connection S. Flava Atropurpurea
S. Flava Atropurpurea
S. Bud Wilkerson -Sunbelle
S Leucophylla Purp-Lips x Flava Rubricorpora - Rob Co PPP
S.x Moorei -'Helen Mary', (H182,MK) Cedrics SXM64
S. Leucophylla Red x Flava v. Rubricorpora Cedric's SOP09
S. Wilkerson's Red Rocket x Flava v. Rubricorpora - Cedrics SOP07
S. Blood Moon - Brooks Garcia
S. Wilkerson's Red - Brooks' Garcia
S. Blood Moon - Brooks Garcia
S. Reptillian Rose
S. x Catesbaei "Nurseryland Rescue"
S. x Moorei TYP-2
S. Oreophila x Leucophylla
The Wilkerson's "Buds Golden Boy" -Brooks Garcia
S. Red Sumatra x (Rosea x (Oreophila x Rubra)) Josh CP Connection S x Moorei - John David King - Cedric's SXM62
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