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Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ – Flower and Pollen

Adrian slack flower-1Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ flower

Pollination Tools

It is that time of year again when blooms are exploding all over The Asylum and I can’t help but dream about all the possible pollination combinations. I actually did my first cross earlier last week. I selfed S. ‘Adrian Slack’. Now I don’t know if I will get any seed as I can’t seem to use S. ‘Adrian Slack’ as a pod parent. I know of a couple other growers who have the same issue. It could be a number of factors but this still won’t stop me from trying to use it as a pod parent whenever I have the opportunity. At least I’ve used the pollen in years past with great success. I actually already had a few blooms in play before the S. ‘Adrian Slack’ bloom opened up. The first ones to open up this year were the S. alata plants, then the S. oreophila plants soon after. I could of went to town starting with those but I really am trying to be more disciplined with what I cross now. (At least until I either retire – or work with this plant thing full time. Ohhh dayumn. You better watch out then!) Plus… this year I kinda need to catch up with this trimming and repotting of the other plants anyway. Now, this doesn’t mean that I won’t do any crosses this year; it just means that I won’t do as many. Maybe. Yeah… I tell myself this every year but let’s see if I actually stick with it this time around.

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack' pollenSarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ pollen

The shot above is how I collect/store the pollen. I simply use disposable shot glasses and then cover with another shot glass. Next I store it in the fridge. Any similar type of container will work just fine. I usually use up the pollen within a month or so. I’ve gone up to about two months using fridge-stored pollen with success and have never needed to really go beyond that. I have heard freezer stored pollen can last longer, but I’ve never tried it.

How about that pollen tho, isn’t it sexy? Doesn’t it turn you on?! I mean, what would you throw this pollen on? Storing pollen gives me great flexibility and allows me to plan for potential pollinations. Good times! (By the way, for more pollen posts check out these past entries: here is one from 2013, and another nerdy entry from 2010. 20-freakin-10! )

Pollen On BrushAww yeah… Ready for some plant lovin’. Bom-chicka-wow-wow.


Here’s a small sampling of early buds and bloomers. Many more blooms are on their way which means many more potential crosses to make into a reality.


Sarracenia alataSarracenia alata

Sarracenia alata - TX
Sarracenia alata – Texas

Sarracenia alata - Covington Co., MS(?)
Sarracenia alata – Covington Co.
(Sorry, I am unsure as to which state. MS or AL…)*
2 Mar 2015 Update: Thanks to feedback from Randy Troup it is of high probability that this S. alata is from Covington Co., MS.  Thank you for the insight, Randy!

Sarracenia oreophila
Sarracenia oreophila

Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora
Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia flava AF - Colquitt Co., GA
Sarracenia flava – Anthocyanin Free – Colquitt Co., GA

Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 9
Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 9

Sarracenia 'Legacy'
Sarracenia ‘Legacy’

Fabulous February

February, so far, is looking pretty fab. Thanks to the warm January, much of the crop has been moving at a very fast speed. There are plenty of buds to be found all over the place, a few open pitchers, and… seeds germinating! Enjoy a few snapshots from the past couple of weeks.


Sarracenia SeedsThe seeds (from 2013!!) have been sown! Yes, you read that right. These have been sitting in cold stratification for a year. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and the kiddos helped pot up all 202+ crosses. It was an extremely busy year for me last year and by the time I was ready to put them down, the year was half way over. I didn’t want to use supplemental lighting as with this many seeds, as that electric bill would just be nuts. Now that I finally have a little more space, I was able to finally put these down.

Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x leucophylla "Red"And guess what? Many pots have seeds that have are sprouting! Exciting! The one in the photo is S. purpurea heterophylla x leucophylla “Red” – these came from Jerry Addington and should produce a brilliant crop of anthocyanin free recessive plants to work with in the future.

The AsylumThe Asylum. Check out the Sarracenia alata flowers already opening up! And check out that other half of the greenhouse that needs trimming! Heh!

Sarracenia alataSarracenia alata flower

Sarracenia rosea - Baldwin Co., ALSarracenia rosea – Baldwin Co., AL in flower.

Sarracenia alataA few more Sarracenia alata buds about to pop!

Sarracenia 'Alucard' x 'Adrian Slack'One of my crosses from a maybe 3 or so years ago. This is S. ‘Alucard’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ glowing with the sun hitting it from behind. Notice one of last year’s autumn pitchers compared to this year’s larger spring pitcher. What a jump! You can see tell-tale signs of what the plant would be like from last year’s pitcher. However, with this year’s pitcher, you can see much more character shine through! The unknown of what comes out of the cross and how that plant matures is part of the excitement that comes with growing from seed. Anyway, I’ll post another photo later on so you can get a better view of this year’s most recent pitcher from this cross.

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) - Clone 14Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 14. New pitcher coloring up against last year’s wreckage. Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman.

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) - Clone 9Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 9
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman

Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. rubricorpora) x 'Adrian Slack'Another one of my crosses – Sarracenia leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora x ‘Adrian Slack’ – new pitcher opening up! 

Sarracenia oreophilaSarracenia oreophila, awake and ready to devour insects!

Sarracenia oreophilaSarracenia oreophila

Sarracenia alata - AFSarracenia alata – Anthocyanin Free!
A new pitcher stands out against last year’s crispy dead pitchers.

Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora x flava 'Suspicion'Young pitchers stretch towards the sky. Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora x flava ‘Suspicion’ – an anthocyanin free recessive cross. This cross was done by Aidan Selwyn. I hope to use these AF recessive S. flava plants in future (anthocyanin free) crosses.

Sarracenia flava - AF - Colquitt Co., GAOk, ok, ok… I’m totally geeking out here. This is a flower bud of an anthocyanin free form of S. flava – Colquitt Co., GA. YEAH. You know what this means… 🙂

Heliamphora heterodoxa flower

Heliamphora heterodoxaHeliamphora heterodoxa flower

Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Tarnok’ bloom

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Tarnok'
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Tarnok’ bloom

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Tarnok'
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Tarnok’ bloom

Around the Greenhouse

As things are warming up here, I’m seeing more growth and color manifesting out of the debris of last season. Yeah, it’s quite a refreshing sight! Here’s a few shots from the Asylum for your viewing pleasure…


Sarracenia flava var. ornata
Sarracenia flava var. ornata

Sarracenia alata x wherryi
Sarracenia alata x alabamensis ssp. wherryi

Sarracenia "Snowflake"
Sarracenia “Snowflake”

Sarracenia courtii AF x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia courtii AF x “Green Monster” – new pitchers of the season forming!

Sarracenia 'Mesa Exotics'
Sarracenia ‘Mesa Exotics’ – new pitcher forming! Cross by Phil Faulisi – cultivar description here.

Sarracenia (leucophylla x flava) x leucophylla
Sarracenia (leucophylla x flava) x leucophylla

Sarracenia 'Black Widow'
Sarracenia ‘Black Widow’

Sarracenia alata - Texas
Sarracenia alata – Texas

Sarracenia flava var. rugelii
Sarracenia flava var. rugelii

Sarracenia "Legacy" bloom
Sarracenia “Legacy”

Sarracenia “Legacy”… in Bloom?!

Yes, blooms on Sarracenia can happen at times during the fall for reasons that are unknown to me. Often times the flowers during this time of season are on a shorter stalk . One plant that recently sent up a bloom was Sarracenia “Legacy”, a cross done by Brooks Garcia between S. ‘Leah Wilkerson’  and S. ‘Adrian Slack’. I’m not so sure it will bloom in the spring now that it’s bloomed now. Crud. Oh well, fingers crossed! In any event, I wanted to share this photo of the flower now that S. “Legacy” has bloomed… even if it’s kinda off season for this sorta thing.

Sarracenia "Legacy"Sarracenia “Legacy” flower