I'm more than likely a good month behind those of you that grow in optimum parts of the country, but never the less ... I make a fairly substantial testimonial for those of you that may doubt your ability to grow these awesome plants because of your location. Let me be clear, however, in the fact that I just can't grow certain plants. Over the years as I have recorded my hobby growing sarracenia, you will notice that some of the plants I've taken pics of in previous years are no longer subjects of observation. Care to take a guess why? Yup. You guessed it ... they no longer exist in my collection. Spring is cold, cloudy and wet. Summers are as good as you could get, so no problems. Fall can last a month or more, or end your growing season very abruptly with an arctic blast from hell dropping temps more than 60 degrees in 24 hours. Winters are either mild and wake up plants too early or are brutally cold. (It will be one or the other ... there is no in between.) I have an awful time growing alata, rubra and flava rugelii. I have to be very careful with any plant that has minor in it's makeup. So ... with that being said ... if you try to grow sarracenia in a place where you probably shouldn't (no cheating with a greenhouse) ... you may want to try some of the plants that I've been able to 'not kill'. Even though the majority of my plants aren't even open yet, I thought I'd show you where they are at the moment. If you care at all ... lol! Anyway ... here you go ... I call this one 'Flowers in Asparagus City'.
So sorry to read this Rick. I always enjoy your Rick's Pics posts and your plants were looking really good so far this season. I can understand your disappointment/frustration as once our rainy season starts I have to deal with the common torrential rain and thunder storms, not to mention the occasional tropical storm and or hurricane. Keep the faith, it's still early in the season so hopefully your plants will bounce back and still put on a show.
Man, Rick. Your pictures are always a welcome delight during my daily perusing of the forums. I'm getting frustrated with even one pitcher collapsing, which a good amount of my collection is prone to since they start filling out in my (cheating ) greenhouse before moving outside, not hardening off enough in the process. Always balancing something in planting zones below 7... Looking forward to seeing your plants bounce back, and seeing your pics and observations .
So sorry to hear that Rick, I've seen pics of entire fields of plants flattened to the ground after a tropical storm, sounds like you're going through something similar. The good news is, they all recovered just fine afterwards, but for sure, it'll put the show to a hault for a little bit.
anyways, your pics and story is inspiring, thanks for sharing with us the sort of information you can't get anywhere else! Regarding flava rugelii, your results are very interesting and something you can only find out from experience. I'm working on propagating more select variants from a wide range of locations, hopefully we can get some more tested in your climate.
Thanks for the encouraging words. This was, up to this point, the best my plants have ever grown early in the season. Some of my bigger specimens were putting up massive pitchers. Those were the most vulnerable to filling up with rain blowing sideways. Yes, the plants will be fine. Some I propped up. Others I cut in half so they could eat what they'd already caught. As I write this, there is a tornado outbreak just to the south of me. The weather has been quite nasty for a couple of weeks and will continue through the Memorial Day weekend.
Anyway, you're probably wondering why I don't have wind protection. I do. Treeline to my North. 8' high solid panel fence on the South side and West side in addition to my shed which houses ladders, mower etc. also on the west side. (Prolly a pic in last year's Rick's Pics.) HOWEVER ... the East side is open to my yard. The trees along my back property line are probably 600' away. The low pressure system that caused the storm was spinning in the Texas panhandle. Sucking in air. I'm South of KC. So ... the wind, ALL NIGHT LONG, was from the East. (Wind blows towards low pressure). There was a stalled front to my South and wallah ... high winds and torrential rain ALL NIGHT LONG. Rain gauge said 5.25". Gusts were apparently over 50 mph. In ONE night. Unreal!!
Will that ever happen again? Probably. They say you only really learn when you fail ... lol! I learned a lot on this one. If I can get through the next few weeks without any more problems I'll post a few more pics. Maybe there will be something to show.
Looking forward to trying those 'improved flava rugelii' when you get some Mike.
Sorry to hear about the weather hitting you bad. I’m surprised it doesn’t happen to everyone at some point in the year. Heavy rain filling pitchers plus decent winds seem to get mine one a year. Hearing your story still early in the season reminds me to figure out a quick wind break that could be put up quickly to limit damage. Maybe it’s as easy as just having a length of that flat plastic construction fencing nailed up to a series of stakes that could be rolled up for storage.
So .... I looked back through the photos I'd taken before the storm and found a couple of posts worth. Here are a few of the pics I found ...
S. moorei Pensacola Fields I think there are a zillion different moorei from this locale. No idea which clone this is. Maybe Bristol knows. I bought this one from him when he had it up on ebay. Fantastic grower and absolutely gorgeous. Here are a couple of pics ...
Very nice Rick. I like your Doreen's Colossus x Alucard. I just bought a Alucard x Doreens Colossus cross from Josh that looks really cool. Glad to read that your Hot Lips is finally taking off for you. It's such a great plant. Mine hasn't skipped a beat since I got it a few years ago and is in a 5 gal. pot already. I really hope your plants bounce back quickly for you.
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