|Leucophylla apparently likes it wet, so your sandy medium may not be as good as 100% peat, or peat and perlite. Also, leucophylla comes from a long way south and appreciates hot summers and cool winters.[/QUOTE]|
I keep all my plants in 100% peat and rather wet. So, I don't think this is the issue. Summers are hot, but the winters are cold (with a good amount of time below freezing).
Well, this is my first summer with leucos, so I don't know what kind of autumn pitchers I'll get, but they're very productive so far. I have them in a highly LFS based medium, with some pete and perlite. My major issue is getting enough sunlight, but even so, they're producing some really nice pitchers.
How do you prep yours for dormancy outside? I live in the same (roughly) area as you do (hour north of NYC), so I'm interested in your approach.
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What is LFS?
In terms of dormancy, I let nature dictate the terms. Plants should stop producing pitchers in the next month or so, and will most liklely last until the first frost.
Historically, I have cut all the pitchers off in December and covered the the growing area with shade cloth to keep the peat evenly frozen (which also prevents plants from being pushed out of the soil). I have lost a couple of S. psittacina's in the past in that manner. Growth usually resumes in April/May.
This past winter I kept the plants in pots in the garage (in a frozen solid state) and they survived without a problem.
It's just that I am noticing a trend that seems to be unique to my conditions and I am trying to figure out why.
lfs is either local fish store or long fibered sphagnum (I`d say were talking about the later![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img].
I'm not a long time grower, but I'm heading into my third fall with my big S. leucophylla. And its fall pitchers are stunning, approaching 30" tall. I'd say they run 25% taller than spring pitchers, but more importantly, they're at least twice as wide or wider. Plus the white-red-green contrast seems much stronger.
The plant has been way off this year, probably due to being repotted and us having such a cool, sunless spring & summer. It only grew phyllodia (I forget the spelling) this spring, but is starting a new crop of what I hope are fall pitchers, not more phyllodia. I grow all my Sarracenias in LFS or LFS + lava rock.
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You spelt phyllodia corectly. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
|Quote (herenorthere @ Sep. 04 2003,03:42)|
|The plant has been way off this year, probably due to being repotted and us having such a cool, sunless spring & summer. *It only grew phyllodia (I forget the spelling) this spring, but is starting a new crop of what I hope are fall pitchers, not more phyllodia. *I grow all my Sarracenias in LFS or LFS + lava rock.[/QUOTE]|
Did you grow your plants outside in pots all year (i.e. even this past winter)? *
Hi Utricman -
I am in Connecticut about 2 hours North of you.
My leucos are doing well this year. They are outside, in pots that sit in large trays with 3 to 5 inches of water. They get at least 5 hours of sunlight a day. I have noticed that the ones that have done the best are in LFS mixed with a tad of sand or perlite and are in deeper pots, some even in those 10 inch tall half gallon nursery pots.
On another note, I hope you can make it to our New England Carnivorous Plant Show on Saturday October 11. It will be at the greenhouses at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. Maybe some of you from the NY area could carpool. Our Prez., John Phillip, is trying to reserve a block of hotel rooms nearby. Also it will concur with the first night of the amazing Annual Haunted Pumpkin Trail at RWP Zoo - over 5,000 carved illuminated pumpkins on a 3 acre trail: http://www.rwpzoo.org/jackolantern/c...ectacular.html
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