It's July and it's incredibly hot and humid here in NJ. While I've found it pretty much unbearable, the ol' Sarracenia can't get enough. I don't share a lot of pictures of my collection because I have my plants so protected from all the woodland creatures, that it's a pain in the but to get good shots. Regardless, here are a few quick pics; please don't mind the impenetrable fortress of PVC and bird netting.
I'm forgetting the specifics, and can't reach the tag, but this purp from Mike Wang exploded this year. Love the contrast in colors - the green is really vibrant: Super excited to get this Timothy King from Mike King. I can't wait to see it all grown up. Right now it's more like "Tiny Tim":
Looking great Nat! OMGGGGG don't get me started on the woodland creatures. Fortunately the cats keep the birds and squirrels at bay, but the raccoons are undeterred. My Lilium catesbaei had a nice flower stalk on the way up until coons CONSUMED it last night. Ate the whole bulb! That purp is a Tatnall Co. GA individual if I'm not mistaken, but Mike can confirm
Here are a few shots from around the place today. Collection overview - colors still looking vibrant! Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr A nice clone of (mitchelliana D-P x leuco Purple Lips) x alata Night in the greenhouse. Hopefully it's not all just "fake tan" and keeps its intensity outdoe. Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr A gang of leuco seedlings from various locations and crosses - I wish I could keep them all but I can't so get ready in the fall! These are about 19 months old. Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr Also, we went berry picking today! Nothing beats a perfectly ripe berry right off the plant. Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr
My second NOID plant is finally shooting up a decent pitcher. The main section of this came from CC as a massive, growthpointless rhizome (plus a bunch of desperate growth points, which I lost some of to rot).
Anyway, I’m not saying it’s S. lecuophylla, but it looks pretty close to me. I’ll probably have to wait until this section is actually established to tell, but it looks like it’ll be a showstopper plant! It’s got like 8 or 9 growth points (I thought there was a bit of slow-moving rot, so I had to do a rough mid-summer division — but it looks OK and like t probably wasn’t rot, so it was unnecessary (ugh)).
Seeing pictures of people’s flytrap flowers makes me realize just how much of a longer growing season I’ve got here than other people. My flytraps were done flowering well over a month ago and the seedlings are growing now. I’m lucky I live somewhere where I can get decent growth for so long.
Anyway, my plants are enjoying the sun. At around 95°, we’re much closer to normal for this time of year, as opposed to the low 100s we were having in much of June. We got a bunch of rain which bumped up the humidity, which is nice too. My plants are doing much better now that it’s not quite so hot and dry.
First up is my NOID 1 (probably a hybrid with alata, rubra, and other stuff):
In the ID thread for this plant, I said it puts up many pitchers. Here’s what I mean by that. This plant has 4 growth points, of which 3 are putting up full-sized pitchers. Many pitchers have been damaged by birds or wind. I really like how vigorous this plant is — it always looks pretty nice.
Next up is the last single growth point that came off of NOID 2. The rest were lost to rot, but it’s not a big deal because I’ve got the massive hunk of rhizome, too.
Last but not least is my new oreophila, courtesy of jwalker. It’s fully in summer mode, but that’s OK with me! It’s settled in pretty well.
Since I basically live in the middle of a dry prairie now, I can provide these plants with more light for almost the entire day unlike their previous location. The main down side of being on a prairie is all of the grasshoppers that seem to focus on these before the surrounding prairie really comes to life. At some point the growing area will be improved and a new in-ground bog will be built. Life interfered with caring for these plants properly a while back and that resulted in some very unfortunate losses, but I am working on building up the collection again.
Good looking plants everyone! The last month has made me kind of bitter as I faced some rot, taking a few of my plants like a sniper. Random plants would seem okay until they didn't and if was too late to save a couple. Most of the collection is fine, just a plant here or there, but I know the losses are directly tied to the inconsistencies a newer (at least with CPs), not focused enough grower often faces.
Anyways, some pics.
Say a prayer for this fallen soldier....damn grass wasps are everywhere this summer, taking plenty of small/medium sized pitchers with them.
Don't feel bad sidorian. I am still losing plants here and there. I lost my brand new Leah like 2 weeks ago. It's been a crap year here.
I guess it makes me feel better with shared losses?? Haha, yeah man, that bites. I lost a nice specimen of Reptilian Rose I got this year, and thinking back I'm pretty sure I stressed it with temperature swings in the early part of the season. Oh wells, stuff happens and I'll learn what works for me and my setup in deciding how to avoid losses. Definitely trying the strategy of top watering and not letting plants sit in water. Leads to watering almost every morning, but small hassle if it can limit the rot.
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