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    Interesting S. oreophila activity…

    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?
    -Joel from Southern California


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    Wow the veination is incredible on that last picture. Sounds like you've got one of those plants that doesnt like root disturbance and it's finally settled in. Seems to be kinda like wine, only gets better with age haha
    Congrats on some incredible pitchers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by F R e N c H 3 z View Post
    Wow the veination is incredible on that last picture. Sounds like you've got one of those plants that doesnt like root disturbance and it's finally settled in. Seems to be kinda like wine, only gets better with age haha
    Congrats on some incredible pitchers!
    Thanks.
    I don't know about the root sensitivity, though. I did a complete division of growth points and repot this past February.
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    Welp I take that back then lol. It's a plant that just had to grow a bit lol.
    Hopefully it'll keep making pitchers like that for you all the way through september/october!

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    I had something similar happen to one of my oreo clones 2-3 years ago. However, my transformation coincided with a relocation which changed pure sunlight time from 5-6 hrs / day to 10-11 hrs.....
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    Wow, pretty pictures. That's crazy, I thought S. oreophila was a no-no in cultivation without some special CITE certificate or something?

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    Wow, pretty pictures. That's crazy, I thought S. oreophila was a no-no in cultivation without some special CITE certificate or something?
    CITES regulates the distribution. If you know someone who has one, they're free to give you one. They're not allowed to get any sort of compensation, IIRC. So, you can be gifted one, but you cannot buy one across boarders. There are growers/nurseries that have some sort of CITES certification and are allowed to make intrastate sales. I do believe that the certification is only if you wish to sell the plant. Now someone tell me I'm completely mistaken!

    Very nice pitchers, Joosa! It's always nice to see colours/venation develop through a growing season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Est View Post
    Now someone tell me I'm completely mistaken!
    You're COMPLETELY MISTAKEN!

    ...No actually I think you're right on about that. Now someone needs to tell me that i'm mistake.

    Oh, and those are some very nice veins in your oreophila! Mine are completely green for some reason
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