Leuco can be a tricky species. It seems to require somewhat specific cues for optimum growth flushes and also more warmth in general than, say, S. flava. And sometimes a clone will just be a stinker and sulk for no reason that is apparent! Since that is no fun and extremely lame, breeding an improved leucophylla that reliably produces incredible traps is a goal that I and other breeders are after. I am very excited about this cross, which I made towards that end in 2016. I strongly feel that every plant in this batch will be a super-leuco pitcher-wise, and I will be further selecting for vigor and ease of pitchering in my conditions. Wilkerson's Red Rocket is a very consistent huge pitcherer and is also very cold tolerant, whereas Purple Lips is average in terms of reliability, is cold-tolerant, and always seems to add a special vigor and stoutness to its offspring as well as brilliant titanium-white color with clear veins. Watch out! More photos to come on these guys. Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr
I raised quite a few of these guys up and have retained 15 or 16 clones to evaluate. I usually only keep 1-3 clones from a seed batch, but I kept more of these to increase the chances of getting a clone with all the right physical traits that also pitchers early. And because I like them so much!
Of the clones I kept, one produced absolutely huge traps last fall, dwarfing the others in the batch. This is the most physically mature clone I kept (only one to flower in 2019), so I expect many of the others may be able to produce traps this large as well. These are exceptionally large traps for a seedling in its first flowering year and it will likely get even bigger as it attains vegetative maturity. These traps aren't as tall as I've had on WRR (yet) but have more girth and wider mouths, which is pretty hard to tell in the photos.
We had an absolutely dreadful fall in 2019, with very little warmth after the first week in September. I moved these guys into the greenhouse to give them a fighting shot at opening pitchers, which dramatically reduced pitcher color (thick rain clouds plus polycarbonate is prob only 50% light compared to sun). With more light, this clone will be much improved color-wise. It was also one of the first clones to initiate trap production, so hopefully that is a stable trait! Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr
Snapped this pic yesterday - the traps are holding up well in the greenhouse! Super hard to capture the size of these in images, but hopefully it comes across. Granted I have yet to see a lot of the wild leuco sites at full fall potential, but there has been maybe one leuco trap I saw in the wild that was bigger than these. Super excited to see what will come of this clone and its siblings down the road. Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr
The main things I was going for when I crossed WRR and PL were improved size, vigor, and consistency of fall trap production. Since both parents can produce nice spring traps as well, it was also in the back of my mind that perhaps the offspring would look decent early in the year too. Well, at least in 2020 this is turning out to be the case! These have by far the nicest spring traps of any of my leucos currently, and not sure anything's on the way up that will outdo them. A lot of you guys might sneeze at these traps (they are no FL leucos!) but keep in mind that here in Cold Oregon leuco is really on the edge of its climatological tolerance. I'm pretty happy with these, and big spring traps that load up on bugs USUALLY bode well for a good fall crop as well. Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr The clone just right of center with the extra white mouth and big lip spout is really catching my eye the most out of the batch: Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr Close-up of that guy: Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr
This is Super Leuco Select #1, the one that was just the fattiest fatty last year, as well as being the earliest clone to produce traps. It's running a bit ahead of the other clones in the group, but hopefully I can get some shots of those on here soon too. It's not quite as fatty as last year, but the week of cool dark smoky apocalypse weather followed by a week of rain may have cramped it's style a bit. It's getting into gear now and I'm still very happy with it in any case! A prize for whoever can spot it in this pic: Untitled by Calen Hall, on FlickrUntitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr The trap on the right is pretty Super, but it doesn't quite come out in the pic! Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr
Mine actually has yet to finish any traps over here in New York. Been cloudy all month long, with a few days of proper sun scattered between.
Leuco can be so spotty in temperate climates and an outright failure in years with cool cloudy autumns: I know from experience. This seed batch seems to be approximately intermediate between Purple Lips, which never, ever pitchered in time here in OR, and WRR which is much earlier and therefore quite consistent. These clones are on the edge of what will fly here in OR, but I have more WRR crosses in the works that will be just as Super and likely even more reliable (WRR x (PL x self #1) anybody?)
Here are a few shots of the rest of the seed batch. We are about out of warm weather here, so I stuck them in the wee greenhouse to finish up. Look at the chunk factor!! These clones would all be a slam dunk in a longer season area like the SE or CA, but many of them won't be kept in the collection (hint hint!).
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