I have had my S. oreophila “Alabama” for two years now. Last year it made only one crop of pitchers at the beginning of the season. After all the initial pitchers opened up in the spring, it made phyllodia up until it went dormant in late fall. I should also mention that when I got it it was mature (flowering age).
This season, I am noticing different activity. It sent up a crop of initial pitchers back in March and April. However, about three weeks ago, I noticed that it has started to send up a second batch of pitchers. Now, some of those pitchers are opening up. To my surprise, the pitchers have a much more prominent venation pattern than the first crop (and I’m not complaining!).
I took some pictures. These are from the first batch from March:
These are some of the recent ones that opened up a few days ago:
We are having very cool weather here (in the 70’s). The weather has been around 20 degrees below average for several weeks now. I’m wondering if the cool temps could have influenced this. Last year my area was well into the mid to high 90’s by this time.
Any thoughts on why its doing this this year?