An odd observation I've noticed with a lot of my larger plants is that the growth points start growing downwards at a sharp angle deep into the soil. I keep my rhizomes and crowns above the soil line as I occasionally rot when they're buried then get wet. A few of my rot cases were caused by growth points that dived into the soil then rotted the rest of the plant. Is it natural behavior in the wild for these plants to grow beneath the soil? Perhaps they are trying to return to their natural growing habit of growing below soil? Or perhaps the weight of big pitchers forces the crowns down into the soil? Do you guys have any personal observations or ideas? For reference, here's my Drummond's Giant i found today doing a sharp almost 90° angle dive into the soil:
Generally I find that my Sarracenia that naturally grow their rhizomes parallel to the media surface (my S. leucophylla come to mind) keep only about 1/3 of the circumference above it, in my arid conditions potting as high as your picture leads to dessication although I remember your conditions are quite different. I pot up divisions following this 1/3 of the circumference observation, and from there most of my Sarracenia rhizomes naturally grow at an angle anywhere 20 to 45 degrees downwards into the media until they hit the edge of a pot and grow much steeper. I can't comment on the natural depth of rhizomes in the wild having never seen any; I'm sure in the wild there's a limit to the downward growth a rhizome can achieve due to lack of oxygen and soil compaction, but at least for me rhizomes will grow surprisingly deep especially because I tend to underpot my plants.
If you have problems with rot I would not recommend wrapping the rhizomes in long fiber sphagnum, even if it is alive. The worst cases of rot I've experienced have been when plants grown in sphagnum plugs were transferred whole into larger pots filled with peat mixes. When the buried portion of living sphagnum inevitably starts to break down it will hold far too much moisture and can very quickly turn a whole pot anoxic.
Post by daniella3d on Jul 14, 2021 10:07:24 GMT -5
Everything look so dry in your picture, even the soil. I am guessing the plant is in dire need of a humid environment which is natural for it. It's probably going down the soil because it's too dry? Don't forget that if the plant is stressed by harsh condition, that might also trigger rot later on. Everything is related.
I agree with daniella, and I've heared from other growers who saw Sarracenia in their habitat that often they grow with the rhizome covered in soil and/or dead leaves. So, in your case, the rhizome is simply trying to go back to its natural growth habit... IMO you should not try to counter it, or it will spend more energy trying to bury itself and will get stressed in the process.
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