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Has anyone else noticed this with S. x 'Dixie Lace'? *Last year my pitchers were quite big and robust - maybe 12 inches tall. *This year, the plant seems to be making a larger clump of smaller pitchers that aren't as vigorous.
The only obvious change is that I repotted it while it was dormant - in late winter/early spring. *It's in the same basic media, but in a slightly smaller pot (still plenty of room though).
If its growing in a pot, it may have run out of room. Otherwise, I would guess that its putting more energy into overall pitcher production than it is into pitcher size. But yes, it is a very, very prolific hybrid. I was going to divide mine this past spring, but had such a hard time finding all the growth points amongst all the pitchers, with my miniscule patience, I gave up. I'm going to have to do it this next spring though, it's smothering the neighboring plants.
Yeah, the thing makes clumps like crazy. *You have to keep an eye on them, as pests like scale and aphids love to set up shop down in the clumps where you can't see them or get to them.
While we're on the subject, I think S. x 'Dixie Lace' gets my vote for the worst bug catcher of any Sarracenia in existence. *I don't think I've ever seen one catch a bug - not even ants.
Still is pretty though....
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I don't have the plant anymore that's why I said (not anymore). In my opinion it is a great catcher. Before having my Dixie Lace, it caught wasps, thousands of ants, and flys in the autumn season.
you notice this plant replicating so much because the problems were not ironed out throughout propagation, and as a reuslt it isn't growing correctly. *True enough it has rubra in it and wants to replicate growth points, but the media was incorrect and as a cultivar all of these plants are coming out of tissue culture, or were ......
This plant produces 2 types of pitchers a more laid back or semi decumbant spring pitcher and then a large more erect summer fall pitcher.
To move the plant along I suggest you seperate the growth points toward the end of dormancy, just prior to season divide the rhizome. *Once the plants acclimate you will notice more rapid growth which is what was intended for a tissuce culture plant. *While the plants will clump again, not like before they were divided. *This is the improper ex-plant growing without division. *As a tissue cultured plant the ex-plants were not divided correctly.
A really pretty smaller plant to about 12" in cultivation and a pretty deep red bloom in April. *Butterscotch pitchers are the lower spring ones followed by dark maroon erect larger ones with areoles later in the season,
St. Petersburg Florida
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