Here's a giant clone of S. psittacina from Liberty Co, FL. It got big this year, but not giant like several years ago. It can get even bigger than this, but since we had a cold snap this fall, many of the plants that put on their best show this time of the year were "stunted." Overall, it was a good grow year, but we've had better.
And here it is in the sea of psitts:
Last Edit: Sept 20, 2012 0:08:55 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Post by meizzwang on Sept 20, 2012 11:48:52 GMT -5
There's some debate about how moist to keep them. In the wild, they likely get giant in the more water-logged conditions because under such circumstances, the traps are under water, and they end up feeding heavily on aquatic animals, which are very abundant in the wild. Also, it rains very frequently, so these shallow yet expansive bodies of water in the wild are frequently oxygenated.
In cultivation, there's a very different scenario. i don't have many aquatic animals in the water, and the water is stagnant and not oxygen rich. For this reason, I don't submerge them but they are standing in a shallow pool of water to maintain optimal humidity.
This is my psittacina Giant, it is 5yrs old but is only two weeks in my collection, I have read that these Sarracenia love it wet, like sundew wet, this one is just acclimating to it's pot and is starting to grow new pitchers. I thought it was time for them to go into dormancy but mine are growing. I like this forum, I like CP's in general but am a pitcher person for life. Those are very beautiful, I can only hope mine look close to those one day. So many!
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2012 2:34:23 GMT -5 by woodhdpurp
Your psittacina giant looks like it may be a hybrid. It'll be clearer after you get more into the growing season, but the pitchers don't look as rounded in the tops as a true psittacina. Nice purpurea in the lower picture.
Mike, beautiful plants. We loved the ones we got from you.
A little more history behind this clone: it has withstood the test of time! This clone originated from Art Junier, who acquired it in 1998! I think I got it in the early 2000's, not sure, didn't take notes.
Anyways, a few clones of S. psittacina can be difficult to keep alive long term, but this clone is quite forgiving: it's more rot resistant than many other clones, and has tolerated years of neglect.
While not gigantic, the spring traps this year are extremely colorful and bigger than normal traps. In case you're growing S. psittacina and wonder how to manage traps from last season, I like to leave all the older traps on until the spring traps have fully kicked in. If it's brown, you can trim it down! Pics taken 5/27/20:
There's some really big traps on these divisions, but it's hard to tell from the photo. The fall traps get much bigger, so hopefully I'll get some better shots of these plants in a few months. Pic taken 7/17/20:
Post by meizzwang on Sept 24, 2020 18:34:11 GMT -5
Hard to tell from the photos, but this is probably the biggest "head" I've ever seen on a parrot pitcher plant! No my thumb isn't tiny, it's normal sized..... This trap is giant AF, and that don't stand for Anthocyanin Free ladies and gentlemen.... Pics taken mostly on 9/23/20:
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