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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…

Still Decent

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!

moorei "Orange Glow" x 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia moorei “Orange Glow” x ‘Adrian Slack’

S. (purpurea heterophylla x rubra ssp. jonesii) x (leucophylla x rubra ssp. gulfensis)-1
Sarracenia (purpurea heterophylla x rubra ssp. jonesii) x (leucophylla x rubra ssp. gulfensis) – Anthocyanin Free Clone

Sarracenia "John Rizzi" x 'Judith Hindle'
Sarracenia “John Rizzi” x ‘Judith Hindle’

Sarracenia 'Hurricane Creek White' x 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Hurricane Creek White’ x ‘Adrian Slack’
Young Plant

AF formosa-1-2
Sarracenia formosa, Anthocyanin Free Clone

Quick Update

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.

Dormancy approcachesPlants 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.

Young Sarracenia TableYes, I know it looks messy. These are young plants I am still growing out. Again, you can see the long and stretched foliage.

Nepenthes HouseThe Nepenthes are doing well and loving their dome!

Sphagnum mossIt 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.

AF TableHere’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!

Shadow of Former Glory

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' Former GlorySarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’
An old spring pitcher now fading into nothing more than a shadow of it’s former glory.
Off to sleep, now go… 

Ice Ice Baby!

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.

Hybrid Sarracenia seedling poking through snow
[Hybrid Sarracenia seedling poking through snow]

Sarracenia seedlings poking through the snow
[Sarracenia seedlings poking through the snow]

Sarracenia in the snow
[Sarracenia in the snow]