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    Sarracenia purpurea poached in PA

    It was nice on Saturday and I decided to visit the only spot I know of in Adams County, PA that has Sarracenia purpurea growing.
    I found out about this site from a coworker that has a cabin in the area. He told me he found it in the 1970's while hiking. In 2006 I made my first visit to the site. When I visited I took 5-8 seeds and got 2 to germinate.
    My last trip to the area was in 2008. The main clump was doing great and found 2 to 3 plants that where looking bad form light starvation. Now they are much worse and debating about moving them around 150 yards away to an area that gets sun.
    When I got there Saturday, I was shocked because the clump was much smaller and had more dead pitchers around the plants then I have seen before. The dead pitchers might be because of the bad winter we had. Upon closer inspection of the Sarracenia purpurea, it certainly looks like a large hole in the ground where someone / something took the largest clump of plants. Sad.

    Here are some pics from my trip.








    These pictures where taken in May 2008.





    The main clump of plants



    Individual plant growing within 15' of the main clump of plants.


    Pictures from May 2010.





    Main clump of plants. To the right of my hand is where I could see a little bigger then softball size hole.



    This is what the poor looking plants below are growing under.



    A little video from my cheap recorder I bought. I did not buy a good one so when I drop it in the water of break it when hiking I will not mind so much.



    ---------- Post added at 09:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:26 PM ----------

    Here is 1 of the Sarracenia purpurea I grow from seed from this site.



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    Sad, but a nice view

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    Thanks for the pics! You could find out whose land it is and ask them if you could cut back that rhododendron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cp-connection View Post
    Thanks for the pics! You could find out whose land it is and ask them if you could cut back that rhododendron.
    It's a State Forest..... That has crossed my mind.


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    Personally, I would leave the plants where they are and let natural selection take its course. Nature will find a way, the strong plants will survive and the weak will die. Maybe the shaded plant will somehow survive and flower and product stronger plants... or maybe it is a weak plant in the wrong location and it wont live to reproduce.

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    Unhappy

    "A weak plant in the wrong location..." What? Just because a bush grows over it doesn't mean it's weak.

    So sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDCPs View Post
    "A weak plant in the wrong location..." What? Just because a bush grows over it doesn't mean it's weak.

    So sad.
    What I meant is that a strong plant may survive being under the bush until a flood, fire, storm... etc removes the bush growing over it. A weak plant will die sooner... maybe before the bush is removed.

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    Thanx for the pics and updates
    There will always somebody who feels the need to acquire plants thta are growingin gthe wild
    could always acquire,sew a few seeds and reintroduce them or is that illegal?
    i saw rhododendrum,may apple and that obnoxious little berry-like viniing plant.any idea what it is?
    Every seed that you plant ,doesn't sprout.
    Every seed that sprouts, doesn't make it to maturity.
    Every cutting that you stick doesn't grow roots.
    Every cutting that roots doesn't grow to a small plant.
    Every small plant doesn't reach maturity.


    Who needs speelcheck?

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