So I'm just about coming up on my first year with CPs (besides my poor little TC mutant Nep that I've had for three) and was wondering what the routine is for temperate plants. I have a bunch of Sarracenia and VFTs which are badly in need of repotting (pretty much all of them,) and I want to do it now. The Savage Garden seems to say it's too early for that, though.
So when do you guys work with your temperate plants? I've got a bunch of stuff that could do to be separated or otherwise repotted - Darlingtonia seedlings, VFTs, Sarracenia (plants and seedlings,) and temperate Drosera and Pinguicula. Which of these can be transplanted now?
Like I said, my VFTs are hurting; the traps suddenly got very small on them a few weeks ago when the rains came, and the leaves don't look very healthy altogether. Their pots are too shallow and the water level is too close to the crown of the plant - I'm almost positive of it, because the last couple of VFTs I had reacted exactly the same way when I got them and perked right up when I put them in deeper pots. Would it make matters worse to repot my VFTs out of season, in their weakened state? Besides my VFTs, most of my other plants are starting to crowd their pots. I have a bunch of giant (10"+ diameter) pots that I snagged from a landscaping company, and looking at the big stack of pots is making me anxious to do my repotting.
Several of my Sarracenia have three or four growth points apeice so I plan to divide those - how long do I have to wait to do that? I presume they at least need to enter dormancy - what should I watch for? Several of my plants are dropping some leaves, but they all still have healthy, active pitchers on them.
Oh yeah, I live on the Puget Sound in Washington, so I have a zone 8-9 climate even though I'm up north. It's still Autumn here - the leaves haven't quite all started to yellow and most trees are still just beginning to drop them. My plants don't yet seem to be entirely dormant, but my D. filiformis are all dropping their leaves and the Sarracenia are beginning to do the same. Nighttime lows are still only in the 40s.