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    Sarracenia Size Chart?

    Is there a commonly used size chart for sarracenia? I'm thinking probably not, because everyone has such widely different views on the sizes of their plants. I've been buying a lot of them lately. One place I bought from that advertised large plants were really big, what I call large, with rhizomes nearly the size of my fist and multiple growth points. Two other sellers who came recommended sold me "large" plants that I would have classified as a seedling - smaller than what I would call a small! I was very mad, and wouldn't have paid that money for the plant if I knew how small it would actually be. Another person I'm talking to is calling a "large" plant with a rhizome the diameter of a pencil. Sounds small to me. So how do you rate the size of a sarracenia?

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    Personally I refer to the number of growing points and if it is of flowering size. IMO a 3 growth point Sarr is considered large, 2 medium, 1 small. Of course just like everything else; there are exceptions...

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    How do you know growth points without digging it up and looking at the rhizome? There's got to be a better way.

    ---------- Post added at 04:21 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:19 PM ----------

    I'm going by the general rule that anything that fits into a 4 inch pot or smaller is a size small, and 6-8 inch pot medium, and gallon or larger is a large. But that can be difficult to fit all sars into that size category, because some are faster growers and some get larger than others. So 2 different plants could be the same age yet vary greatly in size because of the growth habits of the 2 plants.

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    I've been purchasing a lot of Sarracenia lately as well. I have receiving very large rhizomes with just 1 growth point and i have received small rhizomes with 3 growth points. I think the best way to classify them is simply are they at flowering maturity or not.

    I know what you mean though... "Large" seems to be very relative in the carnivorous plant world.

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    Oh well. It makes it hard when I'm trying to decide if a price seems fair or not. But when I'm trading or selling anything, I guess I can just keep making my size classification as clear as possible for the recipient of the plants.

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    I think $20-25 is a fair price for a flowering Sarracenia. But it also depends on the variety. Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' will be quite a bit more than that unless you get lucky in a trade.

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    One adult sarracenia variety will be different than another. An adult S. psittacina rhizome will be considerably smaller than an adult flava rhizome. Something to consider.
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    I have paid 20 bucks for what was labeled LARGE and what I got was barely big enough to plant in a 3 inch pot. And then from another seller what they labeled LARGE was almost too big for a gallon. Big discrepancy in size.

    How do you tell growth point without digging up the plant to look at the rhizome?

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