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Thread: floppy sar pitchers, phyllodia, what's going on with my plants this summer?

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    Indeed Kristoff. I grow my Sarrs in peat and a lot of perlite. I've toyed with the idea of using a more airy mix, but the amount of watering I'd have to do would be unfeasible.

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    I've got mine in straight peat. Been doing it that way for about 11 years now. The only thing I did differently this year was put them in pools so I wouldn't have to water them at all, the rain water would collect in the pools and they would have plenty of water without me having to run a sprinkler. And it's those that look bad, not the others that I have top watered with a sprinkler every day. So I have removed them from the pools and will top water with tap water like I've been doing my for sale plants. I thought I was doing my personal collection a favor by putting them in those pools but I guess they didn't like it at all!

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    hmmm..
    I too am having floppy sarr issues this summer!
    it seems to be an epidemic..

    for the last few years, I have been suspecting my mini-bog setup could be better..
    my plants do fine..they seems healthy, and they grow like weeds..
    but they do tend to be very floppy..
    right now about half my sarr pitchers are horizontal..

    (photo from last summer, this year I have a lot more floppy pitchers)


    I think my main problem is that im keeping the water table too high..
    my drain holes are only about 2" below the "surface"..which keeps a very waterlogged bog.
    Im considering drilling new drain holes much lower..maybe half way up the sides..
    which will give the roots a lot more room to grow down into wet, but *not* waterlogged peat..
    overall that would make the bogs much "drier"..but probably still "wet enough"..

    everything needs to be repotted next spring anyway..so I might try that next year..
    OR!! I have always wanted to try a "Bugweed's Recirculating Bog" setup:

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=106887

    that seems ideal..
    I might try that next year, instead of just lowering the water table..
    for now, im not really worried about my plants..they are fine, except for the floppyness..
    (which is probably a symptom of potential problems (which could get worse if not corrected), but not really a major health concern by itself)

    Scot

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    I'm in the same "neck of the woods" as Scot and so far I can see a couple (old) pitchers of Dana's Delight that are flopping over. That may have to do with age and denseness of foliage, though.

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    *some* sarr floppage is just natural..
    happens in the wild..usually to old pitchers..they just naturally fall down and cant get up..
    but im seeing unusual floppage..much more than seems "natural"..
    I agree it seems likely that media/water issues must be the culprit..
    exactly *what* conditions causes it is uncertain though
    in my case I suspect it too high of a water table, perhaps combined with excess/unusual heat,
    and old peat..(this is the 3rd season without repotting)
    I should probably do every 2nd year for repotting..(I dont think "every year" is necessary)

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    Jim,
    how is Leah doing?

    Scot

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightsky View Post
    .... but in general they are lacking color, robustness, and vigor. Just very weak and pathetic overall.
    So far, this year has been outstanding for my Sarrs. Good size, color, growth, etc. (as he knocks on wood). It has been the hottest early summer here that I can recall. The streak of 100*F temps a few weeks ago made headlines but it hasn't cooled off all that much since then - & I suspect that sitting on my blacktop driveway is not helping their temperatures. The main thing I noticed was my Sand Mtn S. oreophila flopped most of it's main pitchers during the heat & put out lots of phyllodia. This is earlier than usual for this activity. The outside cephs appear to be stressed but are still holding their own. A U. reniformis has also surprisingly continued to grow in the heat by the Sarrs (although I'm ready to yank it back in at any time).

    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    This morning when I was watering my Sarracenia I had to put a sweater on.
    Not here! We've been lucky to keep it much below 75-80*F at night (although the last front gave us temps in the mid-60's last night - finally).

    Several years ago, I had a long discussion with a Florida nursery owner who told me of his troubles with fungal issues when it got very hot. Hot temps + high moisture definitely provides good conditions for fungus. Several years ago, Forbes had some of his sick Sarrs tested & they isolated a fungus - Fusarium wilt - iirc. Sadly, it seems the active ingredients in most retail anti-fungal treatments are no longer very effective against many pathogenic fungal diseases due to over use.
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    rl7836, how are yours growing? In waterlogged conditions, or receiving top water only?

    I'm reading these posts and beginning to believe that it was the waterlogged conditions I had mine in that was causing the problems, especially considering that the ones I never put into the pools look fine and normal. So, with that in mind, I will no longer be recommending to newbies that you can't give these too much water! It seems to be causing problems. I will update this in a few weeks after my plants have had a chance to recuperate from their waterlogged conditions and see if any new pitchers that form stay upright like they are supposed to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by back2eight View Post
    rl7836, how are yours growing? In waterlogged conditions, or receiving top water only?
    I'll start by noting that I have a strong bias for top-watering.

    However, my bias & preferences for top watering have taken a back seat to the reality of summer heat & my available time. With the heat we've had, I've had to water twice per day & some pots are still drying out more than I would like. Bottom line - many of my plants are now sitting in water for multiple days.

    As an aside, I regularly treat all of my plants with the Av8tor1 manna - trichoderma....

    Also - as Scot notes - some floppage is normal as the season progresses (although your's doesn't appear normal).
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