Turns out, a large portion of the individuals from this population are giants! Check out this clone below, it was growing in a 3.5" pot and a nearly 3' tall pitcher emerged from it! As soon as it was realized that a ginormous trap was going to be produced, it was immediately transplanted into a 6" pot. A few other individuals from this population had big old traps emerging from tiny pots.
What's baffling is this bed went through a lot of stress last year:the gophers dug mounds under the bed, causing un-even watering and many of the pots got dangerously dry. This pot was no exception: the roots looked almost completely destroyed when being transplanted, which is really strange because you almost never see giant traps on a plant that has messed up roots! Guess this is a genetic giant!
photos taken 4/28/18, trap is near 3' tall:
Pretty big lid:
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2018 15:30:43 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Here's that amazing flava var. maxima from this population! Traps are pretty darn big! It's weird, sometimes you'll see some light red veins in the throat, but when the plant is kept happy(?), it won't be there whatsoever! Photos taken 6/10/18:
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2018 13:42:48 GMT -5 by meizzwang
This clone below from the extirpated Defuniak Springs, FL population is the first in the collection to produce pitchers! No other plant in the collection (over 10,000 plants) currently have any traps on them, so this is a bit eyebrow raising.
I'm starting to think there's definitely a genetic component to the earliness of this plant, but it's in conjunction with environmental factors. No other plant from this population is this far ahead, but the Defuniak rugeliis are definitely early sprouters.
Just the other day, it was a party sunny day, but the air temps were very cold. Out of curiosity, I picked up S. flava rugelii that already has traps on it and the soil, even deep inside, felt quite warm! The pot gets blasted with full sun and hasn't been sitting in water at all. I think that has a lot to do with how early this one emerged. In contrast, other rugeliis from Defuniak Springs, FL are pot to pot, were sitting in some cold water in a big community bed, and "shade" each other, so their soil wasn't as warm.
The flower bud below hasn't yet opened, but there's two traps that are fully mature already! Again, very interesting....photo taken 3/18/19:
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2019 13:18:24 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Here's the early emerging seedling, it pushed out some beautiful traps! The lid is pretty big too! These Defuniak Springs, FL rugeliis are quite unique, definitely a population worth growing. Many other flavas in cultivation are a bit more challenging to get a good show, but I've had multiple clones from this population grow fast, strong, and big!
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