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    Is there a general agreement on which Sarracenia species grow faster?

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    S. rubra is one of the fastest to grow new growth points. It also seemed to put out a lot of pitchers too. Rubra is not very tall though so it can grow mature pitchers faster than s. flava or s. leucophylla. Hope this helps.


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    Quote (buckeye @ May 01 2003,12:11)
    S. rubra is one of the fastest to grow new growth points. It also seemed to put out a lot of pitchers too. Rubra is not very tall though so it can grow mature pitchers faster than s. flava or s. leucophylla. Hope this helps.


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    It depends on what subspecis you're talking about. sarracenia rubra ssp. rubra can get up to 14 inches tall (at least on my plants.) and rubra ssp gulfensis can have pitchers up to 2 1/2 feet tall [on my plants that is, and flower stalks 3 feet high! ])

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    Thanks all for replying. My S. psittacina has put out the earliest growth, followed by S.leucophlla,then, S.minor

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    Hi would anyone else like to comment on which pitcher plants, that you grow outdoors, start growing first in the spring.

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    I've noticed that it seems to change every spring, for me anyway. Last year, I had a bunch of (purp x flava), flava, and an oreophila x willisii be the first to commence growth. This year, the first growth is on 'Ladies in Waiting', leuco x (alata x rubra), leuco x rubra, and (oreophila x flava) x leuco.

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    well I have a rubra rubra (from lowes) I bought on clearence for fifty cents, It seemed to be doing okay, but then it suddenly dropped, I sprayed it with Fungicide/Insecticide/miltcide Any way my Flava has been fastest in my bog garden, Every time I water it, it has sudden bursts of growth hope your right man about the Rubra, mines in big trouble otherwise
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    S. purpurea is the fastest by far. But, leaving that one out of the discussion because it isn't a fair fight, I'll say S. flava starts the fastest, followed by S. leucophylla and then S. minor. I don't have any alatas and only added S. alabamensis to the collection last year. So I can't comment on those, other than to say there seems to be more activity in the S. alabamensis pot right now than in the other southern species pots. I've also added S. rubra, S. jonesii, and S. oreophila this year, but they're inside under lights instead of outside under oak leaves.
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