I recently had the honor to meet Mr. Sacilotto. I was in sarracenia heaven......there was so many. Rob is an awesome guy and a sarracenia hero dedicating so much time, energy and money to save so many of these plants from extinction!
Bad news, I took so many pics my battery died and it corrupted my memory card so I do not have any pics of the visit
I will however share pics of my souvenirs!
First a Freebie and one of the most awesome freebies I have ever gotten! I am a sucker for a nice veined flava/ornata and this one is no exception!
Damn! Would LOVE to have seen pics! Perhaps bogman has a few he'd like to share with us? I think there are a lot of folks out there who would love to see a few shots of the Shangri-La that is Botanique!
It's a pleasure to share the interest in Sarracenia and meet new plant "geeks". Kinda funny, two "Rob" Sarr. fans in the same place at the same time! Bummer about the camera; I'm sure Rob had some fine images.
Posted by calenyesterday at 5:39pm Damn! Would LOVE to have seen pics! Perhaps bogman has a few he'd like to share with us? I think there are a lot of folks out there who would love to see a few shots of the Shangri-La that is Botanique!
I'll get some images posted before long. Our slow internet can handle files that are not huge, and it's easy enough to downsample .jpegs.
There are a number of really dark hybrids out here, including some Tornado/Vortex™. Since most of these hybrids have a dark red alata in their parentage, they color-up best when: blasted by hot sun, have fairly fresh peat/sand, the temperatures are above 80F during the day, and the fall pitchers are the best. Rob got the last available Tornado, for now . It'll take awhile to get more to distribute. I'm working on a bunch of colorful Sarracenia. Starting next year, I plan on spending a lot more time in the nursery. Retiring from my "straight job" will free up 50 hours per week.
Update: Since I had to work in the nursery and the light was OK, the old Nikon D300 trundled to "Sarracenia-ville" yesterday evening. Pictures are processed and uploaded to server. I'll get some nursery pictures posted here, when time permits, including a close-up of one irrigation method we use. And... some new arrivals, courtesy of Mike Wang; thanks Mike!
Ok, Botanique's nursery is comprised of several sections, two are large Sarracenia growing zones. The "upper" nursery is above-ground pots and deep flats/trays.
We use a lot of microtubing irrigation, on timers, to cope with the intense watering needs. Here's one type, showing the microtubing coming from the main 3/4 inch supply, into a deep flat. holes are drilled through the tray to allow the microtubing to lay flat. This allows mowing the plants with hedge shears at the end of the season, with minimal risk of chopping the tubing.
The "Main" nursery is a mix of containers and in-ground "bogs". Here's a view from the southwest corner:
Pairs of mostly 48 foot sections create strips of growing areas about 96 feet long; there is a LOT of growing space, crammed with plants.
Here's a sample of stock plants, many of which come from extirpated sites:
As you can see, the Calopogon orchids are everywhere and in bloom.
You folks know that the true Sarracenia addict is easily tempted by what other growers are offering. So I willingly fell prey to Mike Wang's list and was delighted with Mike's professional, friendly, generous acumen. The plants arrived in great shape and have just been potted-up...more plants!
cpbobby took a lot more pictures and had some full-view shots I didn't get, so it's rough his memory card died. Still, the nursery looks very different late season, when the super-flashy hybrids and leuco's. are at their best. It's good to see things through other people's lenses, what catches their eye. I'm hoping Rob can be tempted to return! (Hey Rob, remember that "special flava? )
Yes, I plan on making at least 1 return trip to see what bubba looks like in the fall......I am officially intrigued on that. Even more valuable than the plants is the cultivation advice.....at some point I wish to compile it all and put it on here.
That being said I hope to make an additional return trip before then to get some hi-res pics and to shoot the proverbial shit. "Special Flava"....Pfft, WHICH ONE! Next time I head out your way I will try to give some advanced warning so you will know to purchase more tags! lol.
So awesome bogman - thank you for sharing!! Keep em' coming! I'm sure you have a lot of unique and amzaing genetics and it would be great to see your favorites highlighted with their own threads (not to tell you what to do or anything, lol)! Do you find the Calopogon appreciate higher nutrient levels? The ones I grow actually came as hitchhikers in the roots of plants from your nursery (something tells me you weren't too concerned about getting the orchids cleaned out - I wouldn't be!), but haven't shown the same vigor as my Sarrs. I have them mixed in with a flava ornata right now, but should I dig them up and plant them in slightly richer soil?
Cpbobby, you might remember that Vortex™ was growing kinda close to the trees, so was only getting about 1/3-1/4 of the light it needs to color-up properly. There are plans to remove some skyscraper Tulip Trees (Liriodendron), which will help enormously in some zones.
Calen, yes, we willingly leave Calopogon, especially if they're tangled in the Sarr. roots, a welcome weed. We just let ours go nuts in the nursery. They actually prefer it a little drier than the Sarrs, especially after blooming. I'd bet they'd appreciate weak fertilizer, when in active growth.
I thought of something similar in the past but instead of mulch I wanted to attach the mylar to the pots on north and south to focus fire more easterly/westerly light back on the ones I really wanted to baby.
Currently the idea is too much trouble and my collection is still growing....once I hit a stopping point and my infrastructure is bulletproof I will take on the little things like this.
p.s. I am loving that ornata in the top/middle you got from mike......what is the location data so I can ask him for one like it?
Last Edit: Jun 29, 2017 22:39:47 GMT -5 by cpbobby
Great to see photos of the nursery. I was curious about what is underneath your ground cover fabric and flood tray rows. How do you keep moles and gophers from pushing up hills and messing up that nice level area for water?
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