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January Update

Greetings all! I hope you’ve had a great start to the new year so far. My wish is that you, your loved ones and your plants will find happiness and health all throughout this coming year. Things are quite busy on this end with winter clean up. All this in preparation for the growth that will soon follow. The Sarracenia in The Asylum are all brown and crispy and pot-by-pot, table-by-table… slowly they are getting their shave on. Winter fun, yes? I’m about to burn them all down… :)

Yet, with all the dead foliage that surrounds me, I’m still growing things. A few plants (both carnivorous and non-carnivorous) around the greenhouse are doing well. I have a few plants in my office cubicle that keep me company whilst I’m at the office. And YES – I’m still tinkering around with the Nepenthes. Remember this last year? Ugh. Sheeeyaaatttt….  I hope to do better this year. And so far, so good. That greenhouse-within-a-greenhouse (woooah, that’s so botanically Inception-y) is doing wonders for them. Man, those things are so fascinating and beautiful. They give me something to grow while the rest of my botanical world is not as green. I still have the tank going on that I referenced at the end of this post. I’ll update you with a few photos in my next entry, so stay tuned for that. In the mean time, here’s a handful of frames of what’s been going on in The Asylum.

Clean UpThis is my winter-ish-zen moment. Yeaaa, gettin’ this mo-fo cleaned up.  For the most part, this is my view – carting out dead pitchers, weeds, and old media wheelbarrow load by wheelbarrow load. Oh joy, oh rapture! It’s such a cleansing experience!

30 Dec 2014
Thought this was pretty cool, a few of the S. alata “Maroon Throat” pitchers still looking quite nifty!

30 Dec 2014Another angle of those S. alata “Maronon Throat” pitchers.

30 Dec 2014
S. alata “Red Mustache” with a couple of pitchers. Don’t mind that mess in the background.

30 Dec 2014The flytraps now all spiffy and ready for the growing season.

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) clone 8Ah, you know. a small pitcher of S. ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 8 just hangin’ out in that mess of dead pitchers…

Sarracenia leucophylla "Purple Lips"S. leucophylla “Purple (kinky) Lips” and her burning-out phyllodia tips. The traps normally do not form that way, it just happened that this one opened weird for some reason and ended up looking… kinky.

This year promises to be a pretty good one! There’s a few things in the works, and some neat crosses that will be sown soon. And YES, I hope to have some plants/rhizomes available in the shop once I’m able to get a little more organized. (Right now, there’s still a few seeds available… check it out) I’ll post some photos from the Nepenthes house as well as photos from the grow tank in the next post. In the mean time, I’m off to the next table… Woohoo!

Clean upOff to the next table…

S. (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora) x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. rubricorpora) x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora)
x ‘Adrian Slack’

A cross I did in 2012, showing off some nifty coloration!

Sarracenia “Saurus”

Sarracenia “Saurus” never ceases to amaze me. This select cross of S. leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. ornata was done by the legendary Phil Faulisi. I remember when I first saw this beast of a plant at Phil’s place in 2009 – I had to pick my jaw off the floor. I jokingly told Phil, “Phil – dude that thing is a Sarracenia-Saurus!” He then goes “Dude, you know what? You just named that plant!”

The pitchers on my division this year got to over 30 inches. If the plant wasn’t divided, they would of gotten close to the 40 inches that it normally attains. (See Phil’s post here.)

The pitchers below are fresh fall pitchers that recently opened up this past week. They will color up and get dark as the season rolls on. You can see the pitcher on the right in the first photo starting to darken up. For the time being, I’m enjoying the beautiful contrast of the veins as they lace up the pitcher. Simply amazing! As always, brilliant work, Phil!

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Sarracenia "Saurus"
Sarracenia “Saurus” – A Phil Faulisi Creation

Sarracenia "Saurus"
Sarracenia “Saurus” – A Phil Faulisi Creation

Thanks Eric!

Last year, fellow Sarracenia grower Eric Morrow sent me small divisions from a few of his plants. These plants are still young divisions (not of blooming maturity yet), but they are maturing quite nicely. Thanks, Eric!

Sarracenia leucophylla - purple and white giant x flava v. rubricorpora
Sarracenia “Leigha Simone”
A beautiful red moorei cross done by Oliver Bres, seed grown by Eric Morrow and named for Eric’s daughter. This is still a small division and I’m really excited to see this as it matures. The parentage is S. leucophylla – “purple and white giant” x flava v. rubricorpora
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Sarracenia "willisii" x alata red black
Sarracenia “willisii” x alata red black

Sarracenia "willisii" x alata red black
Sarracenia “willisii” x alata red black

Sarracenia (rubra gulfensis x leucophylla) x 'Leah Wilkerson'
Sarracenia (rubra gulfensis x leucophylla) x ‘Leah Wilkerson’

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' x moorei - red
Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x moorei “Red” – two different siblings

 

Sarracenia "willisii" x alata red/black
Sarracenia “willisii” x alata red black

Sarracenia "willisii" x alata red/black
Sarracenia “willisii” x alata red black

Inverse Veined Moorei

Back in 2010, fellow Sarracenia grower James Soe Nuyn of Lost In The Landscape did a brilliant cross which has resulted (in my humble opinion) in a very elegant moorei. The cross is Sarracenia leucophylla “burgundy” x flava v. maxima. I noticed that a few crosses with flava v. maxima with a stronger colored plant sometimes come up with similar results. Not sure all flava var. maxima’s will do this though.

As the new pitchers unfold and begin to color up, the green veins light up quite nicely against the gentle pink and white of the pitcher. Lovely work, James! I am a fan.

Sarracenia leucophylla "burgundy" x flava v. maxima
Sarracenia leucophylla “burgundy” x flava v. maxima

Sarracenia leucophylla "burgundy" x flava v. maxima
Sarracenia leucophylla “burgundy” x flava v. maxima

Sarracenia leucophylla "burgundy" x flava v. maxima
Sarracenia leucophylla “burgundy” x flava v. maxima

Sarracenia leucophylla "burgundy" x flava v. maxima
Sarracenia leucophylla “burgundy” x flava v. maxima