|Thanks Barry for mentioning that the crispy ones are from last year. I was looking at mine yesterday wondering about that. I was afraid that perhaps it had suffered in the mail. |
Unless anyone thinks it unwise, I'm going to trim off the dead pitchers this weekend so I can watch for more new shoots. I have at least three live pitchers on each one... I'm going to keep a close watch on them![/QUOTE]
Take a look at the dead pitchers. If the pitchers are crispy and extremely brown (i.e. dead leaf in a leaf-pile brown), then they are from last year. If something happened to the plants in shipping they would look different. Frozen or overheated plants have leaves that look like lettuce you stored in the freezer overnight then left on the counter to defrost (not a pretty sight). Plants that are suffering from extreme dehydration (either from shipping or from being transplanted into a new habitat that is much drier and hotter) are crispy dry, but the dead and dried leaves are still green because they were "flash-dried".
In a nutshell, leaves that are brown and dead are from last year. Green but dead would be from shipping shock.
If a lot of your plants' pitchers die back after shipping, your growing conditions may be a little drier. Unless you are losing all your pitchers this way, worry not. New pitchers will probably come out that are adjusted to the new growing conditions.
And finally, if any of the plants die, don't get too bummed. As long as ya'll maintain a good community spirit, and send plants around, the plants as a whole will have a good chance in cultivation.
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Thanks Barry for giving us some insight, you can't beat the real thing! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I absolutely LOVE the plants, they are so vigorous and healthy, mine have between 4 and 9 live, growing pitchers, and only had about 4 OLD pitchers per plant. THANKS FOR ALL THE HARD WORK!!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
It looks like I might have a little of both. Old ones from last year and a few unhappy new ones. I'm going to leave the whole thing alone and just let them grow. There are at least 3 or 4 new small bright green pitchers on each one, so I think they'll do ok.
Thanks again! It's a very exciting project!
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Guys those are some really well taken cared of plants....very nice. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
It's all about lovin' the life you're livin'! - and for me, of course that life MUST include CPs! :-)
I don't see any significant color difference beteween my 001 and 003 yet. *Each is very yellow, with prominent red veining. *But each just opened it's first post-potting pitcher, with more following, so differences should become more apparent. *The difference I see so far (ignoring size) is that the 003 is pubescent. *Barry's site descriptions didn't mention those from area 003 being pubescent, so I'm curious to see if larger pitchers on the 003 will be too. *I want to add my thanks to Barry for the work *he put into this and I hope I can make my small contribution when these mature.
Bruce in CT
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