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The Seedling – It Calls to Me

“Take me home, Rob!”

Last month, a few fellow Carni-heads and I went to meet up with the Great Sarracenia Grandmaster Wizard of the Pacific Northwest, Jerry Addington. (Yes. A future post to follow.) Anyway, there was one seedling that I was particularly drawn to. Out of the thousands of plants – there was this one that I had this unexplainable attraction to.* At first glance, I didn’t know what the plant was and the tag was not visible. The tag was buried and hidden by a mass of other seedlings. But still, there was just something about this one. When I asked bout it, Jerry wasn’t sure what it was off the top of his head, but he was kind enough to let me bring it home with me. **  I then pulled the pot, and then looked at the tag. OHHHH. DAYMN. It was a cross I did a couple of seasons ago, then gave Jerry some seeds from the cross back then. Sarracenia ‘Saurus‘ x ‘Legacy‘. Even without knowing what it was at first sight, it was almost like the seedling was calling me. Weird. I know. But weird in a cool way.

It is still young and I’m looking forward to seeing it develop. It doesn’t have the rich and ominous coloration of S. ‘Saurus’, and it does not have the clear throat splotch of S. ‘Legacy’, but I think what I found familiar was the seedling shape – especially the mouth. See last photo  below of S. ‘Legacy’ from 2010.

Here’s a few things that I’m watching with this baby that I’ll leave here on the blog so a few years from now I can look for this post and figure out how I did:

1.) Shape – I like the wide mouth and the smaller lid to mouth ratio. The mouth at this age really reminds me of the shape that S. ‘Legacy’ had in 2010.

2.) Size – this seedling was a bit taller than the others, and even taller than some of her siblings that were in the same pot. With S. ‘Saurus’ genes in the mix, who knows what this one will do.

3.) Coloration – Again, this the deep color from S. ‘Saurus’ did not carry over and the splotch of S. ‘Legacy’ is not really present (if you look closely, some coloration from the splotch is very very faint) — but this baby has this quiet and subtle pitcher coloration I like. The upper portion of the pitcher and inside is white with red veins running throughout. Should be a sweet contrast. The lid still maintains a bit of bright yellowish green. There is a main stripe down the middle, in the throat. When S. ‘Legacy’ was a baby, she also had one very prominent main stripe in the middle of the throat that developed into a beautiful splotch as she matured. (See last photo for reference.)

Again, this is still a baby but with those genes all up in the mix, who knows what it will do. For now, will just watch and wait. Thanks for germinating and growing this baby Jerry!

Sarracenia ‘Saurus’ x ‘Legacy’

Sarracenia ‘Saurus’ x ‘Legacy’

Sarracenia ‘Saurus’ x ‘Legacy’

For reference, the pollen parent in the above cross as a youngster. Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ photo from July 2010.

* The Rocket Man Ron Spores was with me when it happened. He witnessed the whole thing! Forreals!

** Funny enough, in the rush of packing things up and leaving that evening  – I had left this pot and realized this only when I was on the road that something was missing. Thankful that fellow Sarraceniaphile and neighbor, Calen, visited Jerry later on and was able to bring this one back. Thanks again C-dawg!)


The Crossing: AF Collab Project Continues

Awww yeah. The AF (Anthocyanin Free) collaboration project continues! Back in 2009 I crossed S. minor var. okefenokeensis with S. “Green Monster” – this was a collaboration was the brainchild of Jerry Addington which I was able to execute thanks to the homie, Mike Wang. (You can read about how that all came about here.)

Since then I’ve been able to cross the siblings, as well as self pollinate them. The main idea from 2009 was to create AF S. minor looking plants. I’m glad to report there are some AF seedlings that are coming out of the various crosses I’ve done using these plants. I can’t wait to see those pitchers as they develop!

Sarracenia pollinationPollination in progress: S. minor var. okefenokeensis x “Green Monster” is being pollinated with S. minor -AF pollen.

This year I was fortunate enough to have one of my AF S. minors bloom simultaneously with one of the S. minor var. okefenokeensis x “Green Monster” clones. I used the AF minor pollen and crossed that onto S. minor var. okefenokeensis x “Green Monster” – clone 2. In theory, this should yield a percentage of AF plants with heavy S. minor influence, since 3/4ths of the progeny will be S. minor. I’m hoping for some slight undulation in the hooded lid as well – which is derived from the S. leucophylla parentage in S. “Green Monster.” But then again, who knows what will come out of this cross!

Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis x "Green Monster" - Clone 2Pod Parent: S. minor var. okefenokeensis x “Green Monster”

Sarracenia minor - Anthocyanin FreePollen Parent: S. minor – Anthocyanin Free

Sarracenia minor - Anthocyanin Free
Pollen Parent – Another Angle:  S. minor – Anthocyanin Free

Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “Widemouth”

Sarracenia leucophylla "Juju Lips" x flava "Widemouth"

This was a cross I did back in 2010 using Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” as the pod parent and Sarracenia flava “Widemouth” as the pollen parent.  S. leucophylla “Juju Lips” was a term coined by Jacob Farin of Sarracenia Northwest. It’s Hawaiian slang for “big lips.” This leucophylla has a nice little spout action that gives it a proportionately larger looking lip when compared to the rest of the pitcher. Sarracenia flava “Widemouth” also has a larger than average “spout” in proportion to the pitcher structure. I wanted to combine both of these characteristics in this cross and my goal was to come up with a moorei (a S. flava/leucophylla cross) with a wide dipping spout. Below are a couple youngsters. They’re still young and there are slight hints expressed in the plants of what I was targeting. It is my hope that the wide/deep lipped characteristic is expressed more as they mature. So far, I kind of like what I am seeing.

Sarracenia leucophylla "Juju Lips" x flava "Widemouth"Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “Widemouth”

Sarracenia flava "Widemouth" x leucophylla - "Juju Lips"Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “Widemouth”

Collaboration Update: S. minor giant x “Green Monster”

Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis x "Green Monster" - 1 Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis x "Green Monster" - 2 Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis x "Green Monster" - 3
Sarracenia minor var. okefenokeensis x “Green Monster”

Left to right: Clones 1, 2, 3
Cross done in 2009.
These plants are a a result of the collaboration project with Jerry Addington and Mike Wang that I describe here and here.

Baby Big Mama Tina

Sarracenia rosea "Big Mama" x purpurea "Tina"Last year I crossed Sarracenia rosea “Big Mama” with pollen from Sarracenia purpurea “Tina.” (Tina was the pollen donor daddy here.) I was going for a large purpurea plant  – massive like “Big Mama” with the pale color of S. purpurea “Tina.” I was also thinking it would be nifty should any of the throat splotch pattern transfers over.

[Random tangent: *Ahem* — Tina, eat the food.]

Well, the first real looking baby pitcher of the cross finally opened! It’s still too early to tell if Tina’s yellowish pale color will remain, or if the throat splotch will appear on some clones, but so far first pitcher is looking good. The other seedlings haven’t put up any pitchers of defining characteristics yet so stay tuned!

Sarracenia rosea "Big Mama" x purpurea "Tina"Sarracenia rosea “Big Mama” x purpurea “Tina”

Up and Coming AF Seedlings

If you know me, you know I can’t get enough of the anthocyanin free plants! Here are a few up and coming green seedlings. Some are a result of breeding with anthocyanin free recessive plants (those plants with that hidden mutation that suppresses anthocyanin production) with other AF plants. Others are just a result of straight AF breeding lines. Fun stuff!

Sarracenia (leucophylla x purpurea heterophylla) x leucophylla AF
Sarracenia (leucophylla x purpurea heterophylla) x leucophylla AF
The parentage of this plant consisted of one AF recessive plant, and one AF plant. One of the surviving seedlings from this cross turned out to be AF, while the other clearly exhibits the presence of anthocyanin.

Sarracenia (rubra ssp. jonesii AF x minor var. okefenokeensis) x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia (rubra ssp. jonesii AF x minor var. okefenokeensis)
x “Green Monster”
The parentage of this cross also consists of one AF recessive parent, and one pure AF plant. I’ve had a couple plants sprout from this batch, but this was the only survivor. I’m glad it turned out to be AF.

Sarracenia mitchelliana AF x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia mitchelliana AF x “Green Monster”
This cross uses pure AF parentage – S. mitchelliana AF and S. “Green Monster” which is another anthocyanin free plant.

Sarracenia moorei - AF
Sarracenia moorei, AF
S. leucophylla AF X S. flava ‘suspicion’
Both parents of this cross are AF resulting in AF progeny.

Sarracenia flava var. rugelii x flava ‘Suspicion’

The quest for more anthocyanin free goodness continues! Here’s one interesting cross that I will be using in future breeding efforts. The parents are S. flava var. rugelii x flava ‘Suspicion’. It’s anthocyanin free recessive (having that “hidden” AF gene) and when it blooms, I am looking to produce more AF plants by selfing it and/or crossing it with other AF or AF recessive plants. I like the slight pin stripe veins, the muddy splotch in the throat, and lip color that some of these plants have. Sweet!

Sarracenia flava var. rugelii x 'Suspicion'
Sarracenia flava var. rugelii x flava ‘Suspicion’

Sarracenia flava var. rugelii x flava 'Suspicion'
Sarracenia flava var. rugelii x flava ‘Suspicion’