Sarracenia flava

Sarracenia flava

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry (Late) Christmas!

Well it's that time of year again when everything is dark and bleak there's snow on the ground and the plants are all dead. Oh wait, no I must be in the south because there is no snow or anything. The weather here is a balmy 44 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants are under their protective wooden blanket with a temperature activated pond heater to keep the bog temperature from dropping beneath 20 degrees. All the plants can handle it, but it's better to be safe than sorry. On a different note, I'm coming up with a plan to make a new bog. It will be much bigger and not as weedy (I hope). Details will follow soon. Also the greenhouse is being rebuilt to account for more plants. I want to sincerely apologize to those of you whom have been waiting for me to blog, its been very busy lately but I will make sure to make the blog and the MWCPS a priority. Pictures of the bog will come very soon! Thanks for your support.

Friday, November 11, 2011

And I'm Back!

Sorry guys about the brief hiatus. While I was gone, a couple plants died when the pump that circulated the water in the bog, and there were a couple plants that died because water level in the bog was a little too high, also I think that the location of the bog is not sunny enough. Enough said, I'm probably gonna move the bog to a nicer place. You can probably see why I haven't blogged a lot. Anyway, I've been super busy working on the MWCPS so you should join it that way we can have our first meeting.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Twitter and the MWCPS

Hello all! I just created a twitter page @cpbogblog so go ahead and follow me! I'll talk about stuff that may or may not pertain to carnivorous plants, but hopefully stuff you guys will find relatively interesting. Note: I do not have a personal twitter so my tweets might be awkward at first. http://twitter.com/#!/cpbogblog

On a different note to all of you CP lovers in the midwest, the Midwest Carnivorous Plant Society is being organized. We have a forum: http://midwestcps.proboards.com/ and if we get enough interest a website will be created. I strongly encourage you to make an account on the forum, this will help tie the community together and create stronger basis for regular meetings and a convention somewhere down the road. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

That Little Bugger!

So today I found a bug inside one of my Darlingtonia pitchers. "Isn't that good?" you might say but it was not an ordinary bug, but a very ferocious and hairy caterpillar. After repeated attempts with a toothpick and some manicure scissors I finally retrieved the wretched insect from its comfortable home. Unfortunately for it, I killed it; unfortunately for me, the damage was already done.
The little bugger itself
The damage done

Seconds from death

Hope no one else has this problem! Good Growing!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

No more room

Well I didn't want to make another bog (maybe next year?).  So I decided to extend the existing one further into the pond side. Here's how it was done:
Before any work was done:
First I shifted all the existing rocks to the right to create a ditch in the bog.
 Then I filled the ditch up with a 1:1 ratio of peat to sand mix with a little perlite.  I topped it off with some long fibered Sphagnum and now I can plant even more plants!
 Now to get some more plants...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Webb's Mill Bog

First of all, Happy July! I have been on vacation in NJ so I apologize for the lack of posts.  Well, today I took a little trip to Webb's Mill Bog, a bog in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. This is my second trip down there and it is one of the coolest bogs I have ever been to. I highly recommend going there if you live in the area. They have Drosera intermedia, rotundifolia, and filiformis. It is located on the border of the Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea and Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa, so some cool forms and color patterns emerge. They also have Utricularia, which I believe is Ucornuta. Enjoy the pictures!
The view upon entering the bog.
The water level was about an inch lower than last year.

Drosera filiformis with Sarracenia purpurea in the background

It's the attack of the Triffids!

Utricularia cornuta...I think

S. purpurea with almost vertical traps

A D. rotundifolia hides amongst the Sphagnum

It's not carnivorous... but it looked cool

This S. purpurea almost has the coloring of S. flava var. rubricorpora

Some cool looking Sphagnum...

I would call this one S. "Easter Island" do you see it?

A floating Sphagnum mat with the remnants of a pine tree

Drosera intermedia

And the plants are reproducing well!

A nice healthy seed pod

D. rotundifolia

D. filiformis with prey



Is it a x courtii? Probably not, just a small purpurea

Another mat of plants

The bog upon leaving

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Early Phyllodia and Aborted flowers

Phyllodia are non-carnivorous leaves produced by Sarracenia when a plant is under a significant amount of stress and in the winter.  And it has been quite a stressful spring. At least 4 tornado watches, a day where the temperature went from 98 to 60, flooding in the bog, other plants dying of fungus infection, and searing heat.  Well all those terrible conditions have done a beating on the plants. I can distinctly see how weather has taken its toll. 50% are producing early phyllodia and I have no idea what will happen to them (it looks like there are no new leaves in the near future.) Enjoy some pictures of distraught plants...
A semi-phyllodia on S. leucophylla






Some plants haven't even produced a working pitcher yet
The second part of this post is of course aborted flowers.  I'm not talking about flowers that I chose to kill, I'm talking about flowers that never happened. Sarracenia rubra is the plant in mind. In an earlier post I mentioned that only the rubra was left to flower, well it still hasn't, but it looks like it will. So that's where we are. Oh and to add on to the madness, some of the Dionaea flowers also killed themselves off with the heat, so I guess I didn't need to cut off the ones that I did. 
So the buds kinda look the same as when they first came up...

A seared off bud on a Dionaea plant

Well I hope everyone else has better growth conditions than I, so I bid you good growing!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Flowers and Death

Well it seems we are at the end of the flowering season here, only the rubra ssp. rubra is left to flower,
and I am ready with some leucophylla hybrid pollen for it.  Because of the annoying lack of flowers this year, I decided I would leave most of the pollination to the bees. (If you don't know how to pollinate a Sarracenia flower, here's a good link http://thepitcherplantproject.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/how-to-pollinate-a-sarracenia-flower/
 
Of course with life comes death and I think that because of the wetness of this spring, and the awful weather several of my Sarracenia got fungal infections. There were three casualties (gladly just unnamed hybrids) and a 'Ladies in Waiting' that I think that I will lose.
A little tribute to the rhizomes lost
And with death comes life again


Sarracenia oreophila 'Sand Mountain'

Sarracenia "Excellens Giant"



Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ahhhh! (part 2)

Some knocked over Drosera scorpiodes
The world has to be kidding me right? Well last night I was watching T.V. and all of the sudden up pops a little message on the screen.  So I switch to the weather channel and look at what the forecast says. A cold front is coming in with hail.  Yesterday's high was 95 degrees, the low was 73 degrees. Today's high is 61 degrees and the low is 50 degrees. It feels like somebody is trying to destroy my plants. It knocked over all of my Drosera scorpiodes (which might not recover from its roots) and knocked some of my Sarr flowers down (gladly not off). To add on to this I'm pretty sure my mexican butterworts are not liking any of these wild temperature changes and are looking quite sickly. Hopefully nothing will die, but I don't have my hopes up.

Now that's a cold front!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ahhhh!

Well if you couldn't tell from my tone, I am thoroughly upset. Summer has come way too quickly, and is basically killing off every single one of my flower buds. Already I lost that flava bud that was previously mentioned and now my 'Ladies in Waiting' just died too. So besides unnamed hybrids with flowers all I have is a S. purpurea ssp. purpurea that has pink petals! Pink petals are highly indicative of S. rosea or a backcrossed hybrid. So the making of new little Sarracenia plants looks to be greatly inhibited this year. And on top of all of that several of my greenhouse plants that I put outside look like there going into shock and the mexican butterworts are all shriveled from the heat. This early summer is bothersome.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

It's Here

Summer is here. The temperatures around here are crazy. They are so crazy that some of the pitchers on the Sarracenia are flopped over because the temperatures partially dry out the pitchers and decrease the water pressure that helps to keep them upright. I just moved the plants from the greenhouse outdoors and to the bog and another area that will receive hard water as a test (its just some Pinguicula and Pygmy Drosera. 
It kind of feels like spring took about two days and now summer is here just like that. Yesterday the high was 90 degrees F two days before it the high was 67 degrees F. So the temperatures are crazy, just crazy.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Of Tornadoes, Open Pitchers, Flowers, and New Plants

Today is the first day in three days that we haven't had a huge storm system come through our area.  It seems that every day now a severe thunderstorm alert or a tornado watch pops up onto my T.V. screen.  Unfortunately the weather has done a small toll on the bog. A couple of newly opened S. oreophila 'Sand Mountain' were knocked down in the storms after they filled with water. The bog also flooded a bit and buried a small venus fly trap and a D. intermedia, gladly they'll survive.
A partially buried Venus flytrap

On a happier note, the first pitcher in my bog opened about a week ago, a Sarracenia oreophila 'Sand Mountain' (the same one that toppled in the storm). It looks like another week or so before any other of my plants will open up. Gladly though, my venus flytraps from an earlier post just opened their first traps of the season and are sending up flower buds (I know this is controversial, I'll post about it later). 

The first opened pitcher in the bog, Sarracenia oreophila 'Sand Mountain'

A newly opened Venus flytrap trap with a small bud visible in the center 
  Flowers are also starting to open up! An S. flava bud is being, lets call it "reluctant." It's about to open up, but it still hasn't turned over yet.  I had to stake it up for fear that its own sheer weight would brake the stem. I'll see how that works out, it doesn't really look too good.  Anyway one other plant, and unknown Sarr. hybrid opened up completely and marks the first opening of a flower. Sadly though it's not in my bog and is being sold off to a friend, with part of the proceeds going to the ICPS.

A reluctant S. flava bud
The first Sarracenia flower 
I doubled the amount of plants in my bog with random hybrids from California Carnivores, from the NASC auction, and from a trade at terraforums.com. I also got some new plants from Meadowview Biological Station in Virginia and I can't wait to see how they'll look with pitchers (they cut them off to ship them). Check out the growlist to see what I got.





Happy Memorial Day!
A huge Darlingtonia pitcher, can't wait to see it puffed up