Thanks for starting up the monthly photos again, Jonathan! Not much is happening yet here in Northern California (outdoors at least), but out of 1000's of plants in the collection, the first to show signs of life, as usual, is S. flava var. rugelii. It'll also be the first to bloom as well. It seems S. flava rugelii is the first to bloom for me every year, but interestingly, it's not always the same clone that opens first! In addition to genetics, the environment and microclimates, even from "pool to pool" so to speak, plays a role in determining which plants starting growing first. Some spots get warmer than others, which allows the individual plant to start breaking dormancy earlier than others.
S. flava var. rugelii AxB select clone #2, the first of the season, and probably will be the first to bloom as well:
Some traps from last season on S. psittacina var. okefenokeensis Calhoun Co, FL. I took all the side shoots off this plant, so hopefully, it will put all the energy into some monster traps this year:
S. purpurea venosa antho-free (I guess var. virescens if you want to follow Stewy's nomenclature). These were man made, and from what I understand, this variant has not been found in the wild. All the pitchers are from last years growth, but have stayed in great condition all winter long:
S. montana-no new growth yet, but all those clumps from last year were divided, so now there's a gajillion of them:
This last picture, shot with some shaky, unscrupulous hands, is dedicated to Swampdonkey. This is my only excuse for not frequenting the forum as often recently. Sorry for the unclear shot, but you probably will get the gist of it:
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2013 23:14:02 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Not sure what the question is, but the idea is to pack as many plants as possible in the little space that I have. The boxes are on top of an old wooden bench that's falling apart, so I just fit as many boxes on the bench as I could.
Last Edit: Mar 12, 2013 11:43:50 GMT -5 by meizzwang
ooooohhh, I see what you mean. These came from crowded community pots, so the old growth was etiolated. Once they were separated and given space, they fell over because they were too weak to hold their own weight.
Now that they have space, they will produce sturdy, new pitchers that will not be lying on the soil.
Here in Northern Virginia, USA (USDA Zone 7A), today (031313), it's 39 degrees F outside (28 deg with wind chill) but a balmy 60 degrees f. inside the greenhouse.
Spent a few minutes there with my camera this morning to capture some of the variety of plant growth.
S. leucophylla anthocyanin free is fairly typical of many Sarracenia at this point in the very late winter. Inflorescence is definitely growing, but is still fairly short:
S. purpurea venosa and S. rosea clones have less-developed flower stalks, typically just a swelling of the growth point or just the flower bud visible, as you can see in this veinless S. rosea:
Happy plants = lots of flowers. I repotted about half of my collection last year (for the first time in many years), and the rhizome divisions and larger pots have meant happier plants on the whole this year. I will have far more flowers this year than last, and some of my plants, like this S. flava from Virginia, are over-achieving on bud production, where two growing points = three flowers:
Nearly all of my flavas are sending up buds, but a few clones are also showing early pitchers:
Most plants are in phyllodia, with most pitchers from last dead and gone. There are a few exceptions (AF S. rubra gulfensis, S. leucophylla clones and some of my S. rubra varieties), but this naturally-occurring hybrid of S. leucophylla and S. rubra gulfensis (from the same site where the AF S. rubra gulfensis was discovered, btw), consistently keeps the best pitchers over the winter:
S. psittacina clones and hybrids that contain this species as one of the parents are late-flowering, and swollen and lengthening growing points are the norm now, like this S. x gilpini (S. rubra gulfensis x S. psittacina) 'Gorey' cultivar:
S. rubra alabamensis:
S. flava anthocyanin free:
S. rubra "ancestral" anthocyanin free (atypically slow for the species, as most of my other rubras have flower stalks of 2+ inches now, and S. rubra gulfensis anthocyanin free has stalks 4+ inches):
S. alata sends up new pitchers frequently (but not exclusively) before flower buds, as in this example:
Last Edit: Mar 14, 2013 16:18:18 GMT -5 by jlechtm
Awesome collection Jay! Thanks so much for sharing those photos-have been wondering what your collection looks like now! Seems like you have nothing but desirable plants... Glad to see the AF ancestral and AF flava are doing well-I was just discussing with another person a while back how we weren't sure if AF flava was still alive in cultivation in the US.
The alabamensis clone you have looks pretty neat too! Your plants are about at the same exact stage of development as mine. We've had some really warm weather recently here in california, which has sped things up.
Last Edit: Mar 14, 2013 17:45:34 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Mike: I received a small division of the AF flava just last year from Jim Bockowski, who discovered the AF gulfensis clone. His collection has been struggling since he moved from NY to Tuscon, AZ. I'll do my best to take good care of it and make sure that it gets into wider cultivation.
Post by olivier marthaler on Mar 20, 2013 16:43:07 GMT -5
Fantastic pics of beautiful plants, you guys.
Here in Switzerland, 1000 metres elevation, we still have snow... needless to say that nothing has come out yet, and that you're making me jealous... Well, at least, drosera linearis enjoys our climate...
If it makes you feel any better, I've wanted to grow D. linearis ever since seeing it in the wild in Northern Ontario, Canada. So I'm jealous of you :-).
"People who live in glass houses should grow CP."
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
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