I've had the pleasure of growing this delicate little gem for 3 years or so now, and the distinct DISPLEASURE of having it dug up by raccoons every single summer!! Perhaps delicate isn't accurate, since in spite of the vandalism it's increased every year and managed to even put up some flowers in past years. This is the best bloom I've had out of it, but pretty sure this specimen would be a heckuva lot bigger by now had it not been for the critters.
P. ophioglossoides grows in fens and bogs basically in the entire eastern half of North America, including Canada. It produces a single somewhat fleshy leaf per stem, and flowers are borne singly atop an 8-10" stem. This clone hails from the New Jersey Pine Barrens I am told and it seems to be quite happy growing in pure coarse peat moss in full sun. I give it some Maxsea through the tray water since it can't trap it's own food, but other than that it's been pretty care free. Let's hope the raccoons leave it in peace this year! Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr
I grow a lot of tropical orchids but I just ordered a couple temperate orchids (grass pink and nodding lady’s tresses). What do you like to use as a planting medium for these? I hope I can copy your success growing these cool little companion plants.
Well since this was brought back to attention...this is one of 3 species I'm about to be nuts and try to grow from seeds (if I can get the TC cultures going correctly). I'm hoping it works as it's a beautiful orchid, and one I think I'll be able to grow a lot more easily than some of the tropicals I have...
Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.
I have a couple of versions of these. A light purple and a pink version. Both came in with other plants. The purple one forms small bulbs but the pink one is more of a runner type. Both have the stalks and slender leaves. I had the pink one for years and pulled up those leaves every time I saw one for at least 4 years thinking it was a weed until I saw a post about them on the forum. See how helpful this forum is. Those have only bloomed the last couple of years since I always yanked them up as they sprouted. I now have at least a couple dozen of the purple version as they come up quite readily from seed and you will have them in multiple containers as the seeds spread. As far as culture tips, In my experience exactly like Sarracenia as I do nothing extra for mine.
I gave these a bit more fertilizer last year hoping to beef up the clump and it worked - up to 12 or 13 flowers from 5 or 6. Not being dug up by raccoons was a big help too! These opened just before the harrowing and historic heat wave here in Portland during which we hit 116 degrees. The blooms did NOT like it as crisped right up after only being open a few days. Fortunately I got some pics, and with the continued fertilization regime the plant should be even better next year! Untitled by Calen Hall, on Flickr
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