A few seedlings sprouted in some decomposed granite, which I'm guessing is somewhat acidic and for sure, nutrient poor. We'll see what happens once the roots hit the dirt underneath, not sure if they will survive. Damon of California Carnivores saw these a month or so ago and mentioned that it looks neat, but they'll probably die. Hey, thanks for the inspiration Damon!
Photos taken 2/19/16. These seedlings have survived intense rainstorms:
The happy family soaking up the sun. Over their first winter, there was 2 deaths and 1 revival. Frankly, I had expected greater losses due to my inexperience with how to tune my water regimen during the winter. Due to the mild winter conditions, I watered once a week and shuffled them around when rain was forecasted.
At the moment, most of my Sarracenia are putting out their first pitchers or flower stalks. Thus, leaving all the prey to these babies to engorge upon.
This was a most gratifying sight, FLOWER BUDS!! Wow, these babies are fast. I have my paintbrush ready!!
This has always been a fun thread, and when I see the Drosophyllum flowers it always reminds me of a frequent question I get at Portland Saturday Market, "What's your favorite carnivorous plant?" It's almost always the Dewy Pine. Venus flytraps keep all the newbies enthralled for awhile, Sundews and Sarracenia are elegant, Nepenthes are freakish and look like things out of horror movies, but when I point to this plant people are often perplexed. I say, "Nothing is like this plant. It's big, it grows faster than any other cp I know of, it has gorgeous yellow flowers, smells like honey, the enzymes on the leaves are so strong that they will make your skin itch if you get too much of it on you, (I've experienced this first hand) and they can put on a horror show of bug carnage like no other plant. Sarracenia catch more, but you don't see it. You have no choice but to see it with these little monsters. It also grows in dry places which is also unusual for cp. Hail the Dewy Pine!
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Flowering took a toll on 2 of the drosophyllums. However, on the bright side, the next generation is already in the works. The individuals from Pamphilosa, Valdiro, Portugal were very prolific in seed production compared to the others. A few pods I collected yesterday.
I hear you on that pokie22, same thing happened with 2 of my 3 year olds...they produced probably 40 flowers which taxed the heck out of them and the original plants are barely alive. Hopefully they'll survive....if that's your first flower on that plant, it should come back. when it starts producing 10 or 15 flower stalks, that's when it gets sketchy.
meizzwang, the most prolific individual had 20+ flowers originating from just a few flower stalks. Nothing in the dozens of stalks though as you mentioned, at least not on these small babies. I gave them some nourishment and hopefully they will bounce right back.
Post by partisangardener on Oct 16, 2016 13:02:47 GMT -5
This thread is the best I found everywhere I looked and shows that having this plants in good condition is no longer a miracle.
This seems to be the solution for Drosophyllum handling. Keep them all the time moist.
I have my plants now only two years. They stay all the time in water and show no sign of decline.
I have between 5 and eleven plants (Drosophyllum)in a 18-25 cm clay pot. All the plants have some other plant species added from seeds I had become from an original place in Portugal. Only the Drosos are from German seeds.
Maybe company is the reason why they stand the all year round water in the dish so easily, with me. But two years is too early for to be certain about anything.
Some of the plants had three flower stalks in a row with lots of seeds. The new heads have mostly already stalks more than 5 cm high. I have not lost a single plant since they started to sprout.
The best growing pot has soil from a acidic pine forest stripe. Mostly sand and a little peat. It was the top layer of a sandpit, and includes some mycorhiza plants from this place.
I just ordered my first Drosophyllum from Sarracenia Northwest. It should get here Friday. I'm going to plant it immediately in a 1:1:1:1 mix of sand, perlite, vermiculite, and peat. At the bottom of the 10" tall by 12" wide terracotta pot I'm going to put about half an inch of LFS. Flush the pot once or twice a week, put it in a bright spot and that should be good right?
I just ordered my first Drosophyllum from Sarracenia Northwest. It should get here Friday. I'm going to plant it immediately in a 1:1:1:1 mix of sand, perlite, vermiculite, and peat. At the bottom of the 10" tall by 12" wide terracotta pot I'm going to put about half an inch of LFS. Flush the pot once or twice a week, put it in a bright spot and that should be good right? -- just a quick thought, vermiculite does get mushy and hold a lot more water than perlite, pumice, sand and lava rock. The best media recipe is, I believe Mike's on the second page of this thread. Sand, perlite and a bit of peat. Another person brought it to my attention after I lost my then 3 year old Drosophyllum. Just today I bumped my smallest peat potted seedlings, each in an individual pot, per plant, into 4" peat pots. I only bring it up because indeed I forgot to nix the vermiculite in the media of the larger peat pots. Amazing that the roots of one (the peat pots were inside plastic pots with a layer of LFS below) have already grown through the bottom of the original peat pots. Hoping they adjust okay. Still very much babying them as one looked like it was beginning to decline. Hopefully they all make it to their huge outdoor pots come spring in sunny middle of California, land of nowhere.
I was moving plants around outside a couple days ago in preparation for freezing weather coming our way when I discovered Drosophyllum seedlings had very recently sprouted in a couple gallon nursery pots despite some pretty cold temps here recently (low 40’s day/low 30’s overnight). The media is roughly 50/50 peat/perlite and the pots are outside fully exposed. While taking some photos I noticed what looked like some grass coming out a drain hole of one of the pots, but upon closer inspection discovered it was a Droso seedling! These pots are not in a water tray, mostly ignored, and cycle between being bone dry to saturated dependent only on rain. My guess is the media had shrunk away from the sides during the dry season and then with the first good rains the seed got bumped around and this one fell between the side of the pot and soil, sinking to the bottom near the drain hole. I have never had Droso seed germinate outside this late before, usually get germination in spring or summer.
Another thing is that these pots have not gotten any direct sunlight to the soil in almost a month due to taller pots in front of them, sun position this time of year, and the soil level being way below the top of the pots...the seed germinated in the shade.
I have been tossing excess seed from my plants into these two outside pots for the last couple summers and transplanting the few seedlings that pop up in spring or summer.
Post by partisangardener on Apr 11, 2017 15:14:31 GMT -5
Today I did some repotting of one pot with seven plants (one died, germinated winter 2014/15) I want to know if they are really so timid about repotting. While I took pictures of the act I noticed some swelling on the roots. Maybe a hint for mycorrhiza partnership.
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