I was down in SoCal last week on vacation with the fam – and of course for me it’s not a vacation-vacation if it doesn’t involve plants. Yeah, all you fellow plant-nerds know what I’m talking about. Anyway, I’m thankful that I was able to connect with fellow carni-phile – Kuya Rod Quebral. (“Kuya” in Filipino being a sign of respect for an older brother.) Rod has an absolutely fantastic collection and I just had to hit him up for a visit. It was also pretty nifty seeing just how big the plants that I’ve sent him in the past have grown.
Down in southern California, the weather is much warmer than my spot. Dude. I was actually sweating on this warm winter day! That makes for an interesting dormancy schedule for the plants down there. Keep in mind that Rod’s plants are all dormant. Still – there were still a few late season pitchers that were still looking brilliant. A refreshing and beautiful sight for me to see!
Garden of Quebral
Kuya Rod, Thank you again for taking the time to show me around your amazing collection. Also, thank you for your hospitality! I hope to return again to witness the plants in their glory of active growth. Maraming salamat!
Winter greetings all! I hope this finds you all well and that this winter season has been good to you and the plants. Now that it is winter and the plants are asleep, activity in The Asylum is ramping up. This winter season is a busy one indeed. I’ve been doing some cleaning, trimming, moving plants about, and even some sorting of seeds (Yeeessss, I know – many of you asked about seeds. And divisions. So stay tuned for that update…)
Here’s a small selection of photos from around the garden. First shot below is a doozy. What a complete mess this is. Yeah, I gots my trimming work cut out for me. Most plants have long since put away the glory of the season past. They are once again clothed in the sleep of crispy crunchy pitchers. Soon enough, this place will be bursting full of life again…
And of course, my trusted garden helper – my katana, puts some work in…
Quick clip: Slicing through Sarracenia.
Sorry for the quality. Filmed in slow motion (120 FPS) on the mobile device.
Sarracenia oreophila section – all squared away.
Dionaea, Pinguicula, and Drosera (Drosera out of shot in background) cleaned and organized.
Dormancy: Sarracenia oreophila
Sarracenia alata – maroon throat A few pitchers still hanging on.
Seedling: Sarracenia leucophylla x “Eva” pitcher still vibrant.
And while the Sarracenias sleep, the Nepenthes crew bask in these cooler temperatures. Watching the Nepenthes and tropicals grow during the winter helps break up the monotony of all the lifeless pitchers. I like them ‘cuz you know, I always have to be growing… *something.*
Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi
Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides
Nepenthes (eymae x (stenophylla x lowii)) x trusmadiensis
And finally – back home is the grow tank. I turned an unused 50 gallon tank into a refuge for some Heliamphora, Cephalotus, Nepenthes, a Pinguicula and Drosera. There’s a variegated vanilla orchid growing in the corner and a mounted staghorn fern (Platycerium coronatum) that was not taking too well to the cooler temps in the greenhouse. Be looking for updates from the grow tank in the future.
This season’s growth and vivid colors have come to an end. A few pitchers still hang on but even they are gradually fading into the congregation of crumbling foliage. Enjoy your rest, my pitchers. Until we meet again in the spring…
It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog, I know. Things have been good, but pretty busy as of late. I was out doing some work in the greenhouse yesterday and wanted to share photos of some plants that still had some decent looking foliage. During winter, I tend to start to focus on growing other plants now that the Sarracenia are pretty much asleep. I’ll start to focus on things like Nepenthes, Cephalotus, maybe some Drosera as well. And now I’m toying a little bit with Heliamphora. (Like, OMG, Heli’s are SO RAD!) You already know I’ll be updating the blog with photos of these other plants throughout the winter. Hey, you know I gotta keep growing.
Anyway, back to the Sarracenia… I find the crispy old foliage makes for an interesting juxtaposition in the photo. I’ll be going through slicing the old foliage down soon. For now, enjoy a few of the photos!
Sarracenia moorei “Orange Glow” x ‘Adrian Slack’
Sarracenia (purpurea heterophylla x rubra ssp. jonesii) x (leucophylla x rubra ssp. gulfensis) – Anthocyanin Free Clone
Sarracenia “John Rizzi” x ‘Judith Hindle’
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Hurricane Creek White’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ Young Plant
Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted! Hope y’all been well! Honestly I haven’t been down to the greenhouse much recently just because things have been kinda busy. It’s all good. The plants are dormant or about to hit dormancy anyway. There’s still a few plants that look okay here and there, such as a few of the leucos and their hybrids – but for the most part the sleep has begun. I am still doing a lot of cleaning and organizing, and will be continually doing so throughout the course of the winter. I’ll probably bust the katana blade out later to do some slicing of old foliage… that should be fun.
During this time period, I keep the Sarracenia on the dryish side – not watering as much or as frequently. I just make sure that their soil is still moist/damp, but I don’t leave them constantly sitting in water as I would during active growth.
The cool thing is that the Nepenthes are sending out pitchers, so I’ll share a few photos of those in upcoming posts. I am also seeing pitchers grow and open up on the Cephalotus, as well as the Heliamphora. I will share those in a bit. For now here are a few photos of how things are goin’ in the Asylum.
Plants starting to go dormant. Again, I’m leaving most of the old long foliage on there and still letting plants get that light they have missed out on.
Yes, I know it looks messy. These are young plants I am still growing out. Again, you can see the long and stretched foliage.
The Nepenthes are doing well and loving their dome!
It doesn’t look like much, but I’m growing out some sphagnum moss. I basically took a pot of sphagnum and just tore it up and am growing them in trays.
Here’s the anthocyanin free section. You can see the older leaves browning up. I’m looking forward to watching this table grow out next year!
Sup y’all. As you saw in my last post, my plants are pretty much just… well… dormant, dried n’ brown. I spent some of this weekend actually trimming some back, and didn’t even get to a third of the plants. All good, working on it little by little. That’s just in that one grow area too… Dude, I still have outdoors and other greenhouse to go through. Fun stuff though! I freekin’ love this stuff. It’s my winter project right now, to conquer and divide. Yeah, I have lot’s o’ dividing to do as well.
So, while I’m here in relaxing in my mild temps with me Sarrs crispy and dormant; other growers have their stuff in under snow and under ice. Ice Ice baby.
Yeah, eff the big conglomerate corporations selling these awesome plants in death cube cylinders saying that terrariums n ‘ish are needed. Whatever. These plants are meant for the outdoors and not be behind plastic death cubes. Or thrown under benches to rot. Not at all my friends. Not at all…
Anyway, just wanted to share some photos of some Sarracenia grown by my friend Aaron Carlson in Wisconsin. His plants are out there under snow n’ ice year after year, and the plants are fine. (Thanks for letting me share your photos Aaron!) Being that I’m in the SF/Bay Area – snow, frost, and ice are things that are totally alien to me. I’m fascinated by it, and even more intrigued by those who grow plants in areas where they have to deal with the stuff year after year. Anyway,I just thought these photos were pretty rad and it goes to show you that the plants don’t need to be behind glass in order to grow successfully.
Following photos by Aaron Carlson, plants grown by Aaron Carlson.
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