Alrighty, this was asked wayyy before a few times so maybe there is a better way today.
Here we go:
I recently received 11 plugs of various (mostly terrestrial) utrics. Very happy about it ! The sender warned me that surface of most plugs is overgrown with carpet moss but that I should have enough to start fresh moss-less cultures. The utrics I have now:
- U. livida
- U. graminifolia
- U. nephrophylla (very vigorous clone)
- U. bisquamata 'Betty's Bay' (confirmed by flower - from BCP)
- U. pubescens - Serra Caraca, Minas Gerais, Brazil (from BCP)
- U. blanchetii - white flower, Chapada do Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil
- U. tricolor
- U. welwitschii (from BCP)
There is also
- U. humboldtii
- U. nelumbifolia
- U. reniformis
but these are planted in LFS
Since my experience with Utricularia is limited to a little plug of sandersonii I received moss-free a while ago, I am not sure how to start the new colonies of utrics, especially moss-free.
I have read here that Utrics can be propagated by root cuttings or by pulling a leaf with a bit of a root and placing onto a fresh substrate.
So could I start the fresh moss-less colonies by:
1) ...dividing the plug in half (top portion with moss overgrown leaves and bottom portion with roots) and plant the portion with roots only thus preventing the moss from ever getting into the pot?
2) Or is it better to try and pull several leaves with portions of roots, maybe submerge them in water to try to wash off the spores and plant them into the fresh substrate?
Any help is appreciated! Thank you all in advance.