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    What would be the best soil to pot S.Rubra in? When should it go dormant since it is from a southern climate I don't have an idea. How large will it get,does it clump? I think it is a S.Rubraspp.Rubra but I am not sure since it is so young. Thanks Nep.G.

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    Hey Nep.G.,
    The soil depends on your climate: hotter climates generally require looser, lighter soils, and vice versa. I personally use 2 parts long fiber Sphagnum, and one part each of peat, perlite, and sand. The sand grains on Sarracenia should be larger and sharper than typical grains--they appreciate it. It should go dormant at the same time as flytraps and come out around April 1st--3 months bare minimum. If allowed to clump, it'll get very large and thick, so divide it every couple years.
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    Thanks alot Chris I'll let it go dormant sometime son since I just got it yesterday. Nep.g.

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    Chris has it head on.
    S.rubra is interesting, its different than other Sarracenia. First off because no one really has figured how to classify the plant. Species & sub species. While plants like S. jonesii & alabamensis have been tagged I don't think its done yet.
    I disagree with some of the old school, believe me I am old school with carnivorous plants. In the old school thought S. rubra grows in drier habitat than all but S. minor. ..But in cultivation you grow it more moist and you will get bigger plants. I'm here to tell you S. rubra does not do good very moist, at least none I have seen in 25 years of growing them. They are very picky and fungual attack can wipe em out if too wet. Now I know every ones growing is different and what works for me may not work for someone else.
    Listen, in habitat S. rubra wherryi grows with S. leucophylla or alone. S. leucophylla can adapt to alot. Not S. rubra wherryi, you grow this plant moist to slightly moist only for best results.
    S. rubra gulfensis, wherryi grows with alot of medium grade silica sand- 40-60% in with the peat. Must have drainage. The coastal form in Carolina does do better in cultivation more moist,... but thats not where they grow in habitat. They are up higher. Its not nice to fool with mother nature. Grow them as you would S. minor.
    As for the far southern location. S. rubra sub species are located throughout the piedmont & mountains, or the hilly gulf coastal plain. In NC S. rubra grows in coastal locations, but the plant grows cooler inland and most are inland. Spend a cool Jan evening norh of Mobile Al and you will understand this ain't the sub tropics. Just winters are shorter and warm spells occur between the more frigid nights. S. rubra is tough, but unforgiving if kept too wet.
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    dormancy forgot this one, yes they go dormant, all Sarracenia do, this one really does, as it is farther inland it must go dormant for continued good health.
    They go dormant based on light more than temp. With declining daylight they go. A big bud will appear at the base of the plant by mid late Oct. Someitmes they burst forth with growth during warm spells in culture or habitat, that is how it goes. They flower early and prolific but a cool winter with less light treats them well.
    During dormancy I highly recommend letting them dry out almost between watering. The pot should feel light.
    Fungus & bacteria are waiting to take them out should they be too wet while asleep. You can not miss the big rhizome red bud (base of the plant) swelling in the fall, its storing up for spring. Do not miss this sign. Its easy to see with all Sarracenia. They are shuting down for the season.
    ~ Mike

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    Thanks for the load of Information! I Love Information! So right now it should be dormant and dry right? Well i'll take it out of the terrarium I put it in yeaterday. Thanks Nep.G.I don't see the sweeling yet.)

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    Whoa, I didn't know any of that stuff!
    Please continue posting to this forum because you are a priceless treasure-trove of info, MPH101! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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