I thought I was an experienced grower, and I am.
But I learned I wasn't as experienced as I thought previously.
I lost around 99% of my temperate carnivores this last winter due to root rot.
To prevent their soil from being waterlogged during dormancy, I punched a drainage hole in the side of my water trays to keep the water at a maximum of a half inch. I couldn't go lower or my trays would be no good during growing season, so I took a siphon and manually drained the rest. I got a mouthful of peat water a few times, not knowing it would be in vain.
I would have removed the trays altogether but I had a few pots that are about one inch wide at the base, and five or so inches tall, the trays help stabilize the pots, and prevented my other plants from falling off the table.
When I re-potted my plants I discovered many mushy bulbs/rhizomes.
One plant that I was fortunately given was S. oreophila
It was a beauty, the largest in my collection, with 26" tall pitchers.
I had it in a large 8 inch pot. When I repotted back in nov-december the rhizome looked robust and the root structure was wiry, and the roots were a nice ivory color. However I fear I may have lost this plant too as it has shown no signs that it's alive, it's phyllodia died back before I re potted it hasn't made new ones. What dissapoints me is I would have had to giveaway, and some to sow, but my kitten broke the flower stalk after I hand pollinated the flower.
Here is a photo of the plant, it made these pitchers and flowered under my care.
Sorry to the person who was kind enough to give me the division
Here is a lit of all the plants I lost
Well over $200 dollars
I know I paid at least $20 for my B52, and for the red psittacina which I hand picked during a open house at a nursery.
D. muscipula " B52"
D. muscipula cv. 'Akai Ryu'
D. muscipula cv. 'Cupped Trap'
D. muscipula cv. 'Dentate Traps'
D. muscipula cv. 'Red Piranha'
S. cv. 'Judith Hindle'
S. cv. 'Scarlet Belle'
S. x ahlsii - (S.rubra x S.alata 'red throat)
S. x formosa
S. gulfensis x jonesii giant
S. luecophylla cv. 'Tarnok'
S. psittacina var. typica
S. psittacina "var. red"
S. psittacina "f. dark maroon"
S. x readii
S. rubra ssp. wherryi
If anyone could help me rebuild my collection with extras I would be highly appreciative.
These are the plants I am most looking to replace
S. oreophila (of like size 22-26" pitchers)
S. psittacina (dark maroon, or red)
D. 'Red Piranha'
D. 'cup trap'
The rest of the plants, while I am sad to have lost them I can live without.