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    using a plant press for CP pitchers/flowers

    i have a personal project i am working on, nothing scientific, and thought a pitcher or two from nepenthes or sarrs might be cool. I was wondering if they pressed well or if it would be a waste of my time. Also i know its to late this years, but anyone ever press sarr flowers? Thanks for any input.

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    I have pressed a few Sarracenia pitchers with success. The key is to use either a drying oven or a really hot dry place like your car trunk for a few weeks. Not sure how a Nepenthes would turn out. Good luck and keep us posted!

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    For Nepenthes I have seen them stuffed with cotton & allowed to dry. This way they can dry in 3D. Then you can display them in a shadowbox a couple inches deep instead of a flat frame.

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    I've pressed individual components of Sarr flowers separately, but never the whole thing.

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    Look up Sarracenia on this site: http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/

    Tons of Sarracenia specimens for you to compare how plant pressing works.

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    very nice, thanks for the info

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    For sarracenia pitchers, I stuff them with toilet paper then put them somewhere extremely dry, like a pile of newspaper.
    Havent tried nepenthes, but im sure a cotton stuffign like others said would do very well.

    I have also heard of people using salt/damprid for instant mummification.

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    From my own experience, if you press them, they retain color, but not shape. If you dry them without pressing, they retain shape but not color.

    I press Pitchers and fly traps with some frequency, and good results. Haven't tried a sarracenia flower yet though. They seem a bit thick to press well.
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