I have been experimenting with "fast track" growing methods for Sarracenia after reading all the different threads I could find regarding them. Here are my results.
These seeds, all hybrids from Brooks Garcia, were sown at the end of March 2012. When the seedlings had developed several pitchers, individual plants were pricked out and put into a cell tray with 188 1/2" x 1/2" compartments. These were grown under a combination of grow-light and full spectrum flourescent bulbs (2 of each) kept on 24/7 and on a heating mat kept at 80 degrees F. Each week they have been fertilized with the Michigan State University orchid food formula for pure water. Their growing area is in my orchid greenhouse and gets supplemental sunlight during the daylight hours. A few weeks ago selected individuals were moved up to a 72 cell tray with each cell being 1.5" x 1.5". They are already responding with vigorous new pitchers that when mature promise to top the current growth by several inches.
These plants compare in size to volunteer seedlings in my outdoor bog garden that are in their third growing season! I imagine that by the end of winter they will be too large to fit under the lights any longer!
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