Sarracenia flava

Sarracenia flava

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
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


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.