Parrot pitcher plants: I previously thought there were only two stances on these plants: You either love em or don't give a flying fish about them! Too short for your taste? Or DAng, look at how squat, dense, and colorful that thang is!
I think there are now a lot of people on the fence thinking, "dang DOO, maybe those species are actually pretty bomb.gov forward-slash info." Well, probably nobody besides MW and BOG JESUS think that way, but you get the point: people are starting to see that there are some seriously nice clones in cultivation! giant heads, dark purple coloration, really round heads, neon greenish yellow anthoycyanin free traps....the diversity and combinations can be somewhat unexpected!
Then there's the group of growers who focus on breeding, and they don't particularly care for psittacinas, but they like the traits the plants have and the unique characteristics that can create the next best cultivar. Added plus is their ability to look good all winter long (during the dormancy period), especially when the rest of the species don't look good. That's a highly desirable trait for hybrids.
With that in mind, here's some pics of a very genetically diverse population of S. psittacina from Washington Co, AL, pics taken 11/22/20. If you like psittacinas, which of these do you think are the most interesting, and why? If you don't like them, I'm curious to hear your opinion as well:
couple of crappy updated shots, I'll try to get better ones. The summer traps on these are looking unusually nice this year! There are a couple of standout, darker clones in this population (not shown) that will likely be selected out and propagated. Pics taken 6/26/21:
It's not doing much yet shuddles, but I think it'll produce some nice fall traps when we get more warm summer days. Even though much of the pacific NW is getting hammered by record heat waves, it's been cold here overall this summer! Here's a crappy pic of that clone, pics taken 7/1/21:
I'm hoping this vigorous and seemingly easy to cultivate seedling or another dark one will replace S. psittacina golfball clone A (which is hard to grow):
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