I live on Garcon point. S. Leucophylla grows along the drainage ditch about a mile up the road. I suspect that population was planted in the distant past and is not wild in the true sense. The shore of the ditch, there, is a sandy seep from a long leaf pine forest.
I would like to do the same where the ditch flows past my front yard. I have the same sand that was historically a long leaf pine forest but is now a lawn. The lawn was watered by city water in the past but is now rain only. I'd like to mix peat and perlite in with the sand on the edge of the ditch and perhaps condition it with vinegar to accommodate pitcher plants.
I notice that at other locations on the point s. leucophylla grows under terrible conditions. On one stretch of road they grow aggressively in heavy underbrush and at another they are aquatic. So, it seems that I should be able to create acceptable conditions in my front yard.
Good way to know if it'll work is check for sphagnum and bog button plants. If the soil is right for Sarracenia, those are some of the first plants to colonize the soil. If you don't see them, chances are, either the soil is wrong or the water table has to be amended so it stays wet for longer periods of time. If you make a drainage ditch that has water permanently in it, the best habitat for leucophyllas is right above the water line.
Here's an example of where to place the plants, the drainage ditch is filled with water during the wet season, but I visited this site during slighlty drought like conditions:
Last Edit: May 14, 2019 16:31:51 GMT -5 by meizzwang
That's the local ditch habitat. I notice leucophylla is usually associated with sphagnum, bog buttons and d. capillaris. Capillaris grows a couple hundred yards upstream from me but not here. There is about a 2 ft section along my ditch that has sphagnum. That's encouraging, but I can't figure out what is unique about that 2 feet.
The Garcon Point peninsula is (was) almost entirely fire-maintained longleaf pine savanna/wet prairie and the leucophylla you are seeing in the local ditches are probably a natural colonization or the last remnants of local populations. Sarracenia flava and moorei can also be found there. I suspect rosea and psittacina are around too, but I can't remember seeing them there. Unfortunately the fire cycle and hydrology of the peninsula has been badly disturbed by all the new development, and the natural communities there are languishing. The plants you are seeing growing under terrible conditions are probably the legacy of past ecological conditions and those populations are unlikely to persist in the long term.
As for your yard, I'd largely echo Mike's comments. You need to make the planting area perpetually soggy but still allow for water to slowly move through the soil so any accumulated salts and minerals are regularly flushed. Putting a small earthen burm at the low end of your ditch may help improve water residency. Other plant species that indicate high soil moisture are Erigeron vernus, Drosera capillaris, and Xyris spp. Keep the area clear of woody shrubs like titi or wax myrtle -- they'll suck the soil dry during the growing season.
Over the summer I dug up a small area maybe a foot and a half by four feet and worked peat into the sand. Did it in layers so the peat got saturated by rain. Also made a path for yard runoff to flow over this area on it's way to the ditch. Got a nice batch of plants from Calen and put them in the ground about 3 weeks ago. Don't have any traps starting yet but there are 3 flower stalks. I put the largest plant on an island I made in the ditch:
Good job, it sounds like you've got the microhabitat dialed in. One suggestion from a conservation perspective, consider removing the blooms from your plants (or bag the flowers) if they don't have local genetics. You probably don't want to contaminate the local Sarracenia gene pool with non-native genetic material.
Keep up the good work and looking forward to seeing how your plants fare.
Such a cool project. I agree with nclarkii about removing or bagging flowers. Do it when the buds are still pretty short and you’ll get bigger traps too! Keep us posted with pics as they pitcher and establish!
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