Post by jgreen1025 on Feb 15, 2021 14:11:21 GMT -5
It's been about 15 years since I grew CPs, but I'm getting back into it. I was active on the old CP Listserv and I think I recognize a few names here. I had a decent collection when I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah - even maintained an outdoor bog in spite of the snow - then we moved to Los Angeles (west end of the San Fernando Valley) almost 20 years ago. Between life getting busier, opportunities to collect rainwater scarcer, and one very difficult move, I lost all my plants. (It still breaks my heart when I run across photos of those plants.) But last year while working from home (still working from home) I decided to wade back into growing CPs. This time, however, I'm focusing on Sarrs, which were always my favorite (especially S. oreophila), instead of trying to grow anything and everything.
So back in April I ordered some seeds from Flytrap King - by the time they're big enough to move outside I'll have figured out the best way to keep them in my hot and dry summers. The problem is that Sarrs grow very slowly from seed, so I keep looking for and ordering more. (Old habits die hard, I guess.) Right now my "collection" consists of some flava crosses that are about 2.5" to 3" tall, some recently sprouted rubra hybrids, and a few others that just came out of stratification. (Oh yeah, there's also a VFT with beautiful red traps that my wife bought at Trader Joe's - if she's buying me CPs, I'd be a fool to say no.)
After lurking for a few months I decided to sign up. It's good to be back among my people.
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2021 14:13:33 GMT -5 by jgreen1025
Post by jgreen1025 on Feb 17, 2021 10:40:35 GMT -5
Thanks nevermore and sprouse. I don’t have much to take pictures of - my CPs take up less than 2 square feet at this point - but here’s a shot of some of the taller seedlings. This is from Flytrap King’s #13 Flava Blast which is a mix of cross- and open-pollinated red-tubes; his ‘Supermax’ (which I think is a cross between a copper-top and a maxima) crossed with red-tubes and all-reds; and open-pollinated cut-throats. They sprouted around Memorial Day last year and the tallest are 3”. I imagine the uncertainty of what’s exactly what will drive me crazy but I thought the variety would satisfy the craving to buy more. Alas, no such luck - I’ve already made two more purchases and am planning two more. But it’s a madness that feels nice, right?
Last Edit: Feb 17, 2021 10:51:01 GMT -5 by jgreen1025
After seeing some of other seedling grow boxes here, I decided to upgrade my area. Previously I just had a few inexpensive LED grow lights with scraps of aluminum foil, but a large box from Amazon gave me an idea. I had gotten a red & blue LED grow light (4) a year or so ago, but it was hard to really look at the plants. So I bought another with "full spectrum" compact heads (3), which is very white but I'm not sure the plants enjoy it as much. The company offered me a free light in exchange for a review, and it turned out to be another compact head (2) "full spectrum" but the light is kinda yellow. So I wanted to spread the light more evenly over everything, so a box was the solution.
Less wasted light and keeps the plants a bit warmer and hopefully more humid. The top and front comes off in one piece so I can admire them several times a day:
It's brighter when it's closed up. The plants in the back left are just flowers for the garden. A couple more weeks and they'll go out and I'll probably start looking for more seeds to fill up that space. Hopefully the flavas in the 2 rectangular pots will be big enough to go outside next spring.
It turned out to be a much simpler project than I imagined and I think the plants seem happier about it. Of course, I could just be imaging that, too!
Last Edit: Mar 7, 2021 20:22:47 GMT -5 by jgreen1025
nice. What's the one perennial with the red splotch in the back there?
Also.... back in my indoor orchid days I remember reading about the reflectivity of different materials...and the best is mylar... then white matte paint... then foil.
The plant with red is coleus. I also have some old-fashioned favorites like cleome, black-eyed susan, and valerian (I love the fragrance). And I'm trying Hungarian breadseed poppies - the pictures look beautiful (and I like poppyseed bread, and poppyseed muffins... and pretty much any kind of baked goods ).
Re: reflectivity. I thought I'd heard something similar, but when I googled it I just found a lot of sites by pot-growers who said it was about the same. A book I have about gardening under lights doesn't even mention it. But if anyone has non-anecdotal information, my seedlings and I are interested.
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