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    Bay Area Sarracenia growers, Help!

    Hey guys,

    For those that live in the Bay Area, CA are you having issues with your Sarracenia? This year my sarrs are doing quite bad, poor growth and some rhizome rot. I'm trying to figure out is it because of the funky weather we been having? Lots of hot and cold swings(100s for a couple of days then drops down to 60-70s, nights are around 50). Is it because of the drought? I get water from EBMUD and usually the ppm is quite low <100. Since the reservoirs are low could have the ppm shot up higher? Could it be a build up of minerals in the soil since there hasn't been any rain to flush them out like they usually are every winter? I replanted some of them this season (in dec-jan), and they are doing probably the worst, I wonder if the sphagnum peat I purchased was contaminated, or is the shock of being transplanted then going through hot and cold cycles?

    Any input would be helpful... I'm thinking of getting some new peat this weekend and cleaning the most effected plants, swap soil, spray with fungicide and bring them indoors.

    thanks!

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    I have a few Sarracenias that I transferred from a nice controlled environment to honest to goodness back yard living. They were transferred ~3 months ago and while they did not feel our past winter, they have experienced duress from the unusual recent weather. Although, I think I suffer more over temperature differentials than them. Thus, nothing remarkable about their behavior to report and even a recent acquisition from Europe, which spent 2 weeks ping ponging and site seeing, is putting out new pitchers.

    Checking the variables is always a wise decision when troubleshooting. Personally, I don't use tap water, so I can't comment on that.

    To be honest, I am fairly new to growing Sarracenias, but I think there are many more local veterans in the bay who will chime in with their observations.

    Good luck

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    My plants are doing fine. and i have lower cold temps and higher warm temps than most of the east bay. are you east or west of the hills? have you checked for pests? have you tested the water?

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    At close to 100ppm, the minerals will accumulate unless you are dumping and flushing your pools. Have you measured the tds of the water the pots are sitting in? That will reveal whether or not that is an issue.

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    Hmm, I'm east of the hills in the valley. I did have a mealy bug infestation that I caught late last year as I was transplanting that severely weakened my flavas. They are the ones I'm most concerned about. I probably should check the water, tho the rest of my CPs indoor are fine with it. The typical value are 21-58ppm. Do you use tap pebes? What brand of peat do you guys use? I recently switched brands.
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    east of the hills climate is very similar to mine. i dont use tap water, i have a small RO similar to this one The mealy bugs will definitely cause the kinds of problems you're describing and they can be tough to get rid of. I would keep after them.
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    Yeah I haven't noticed a whole lot of abnormal plant activity this year. Although the wind seems to be stronger than usual and has claimed some of my taller pitchers as victims unfortunately...

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    I've got a division of S. alata that's all wiggly from wind damage but that's it. I'm sort of sick of all the wind.
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