I got a VFT in early fall, from Lowe's. A cp grower told me that they usually die because of the way they are treated and the directions are all wrong for what the plant needs. So, I slowly acclimated it to more light and being in the air, kind of. It is still in the small pot, but is set inside the mini bog of sphagnum and is now residing in a western window close to the glass so it cools down. It looks much better in some ways than it did when I got it, but I want to make sure this will be okay for it. I was trying to emulate winter dormancy, it gets chilly but warms during the day, same as zone 7.
Well, I find the cp's to be pretty fascinating, so today, at Lowe's, they had some pitchers, so I grabbed a red and purple, and have no idea what they really want, and how much to baby them to get them used to better conditions. First, does it hurt to let rain water hit the top of the plant, like over the pitchers and all? Second, are they really delicate or can I put them in shade of bigger plant for a week and then move it out to a sunny spot of it's own? I just want to give them the best chance to prosper. So please help if you can :).
We're a bunch of newbies like you on the garden design forum in Charley's Goth and Ungoth thread. We're going through the learning curve as a group. Sharing info and CP's. The best info we've found comes from http://www.cobraplants.com/ They have YouTube videos that cover all the basics. We've all been to Lowes etc. and are working on the same problems.
At this point we've come to the conclusion that the small ones need the sun, distilled or rain water and to be outside. We've also decided to mulch heavy if they're in a bog or to bring them in if it freezes. Our plants are the same size as yours. Cuties
Join us here and we'll share what we know etc. RRM is leading the group and if you'll ask her she'll tell you what she's done with her CP's. Mechelle is in TN and Flower is in Indiana so they would probably be the closet to your zone. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1056987/
Cool them down and eventually put them where it gets no warmer than 35-40 degrees F. but not freezing, an unheated garage for instance. Mine go in a zip lock bag and then the fridge until the end of February. Then they go in a sunny south window until all danger of frost passes.
I have 5 VFT's, and 3 pitcher plants, most new this year but a couple are what survived in a terrrium without a dormant period. I am leaving all of them out in my zone 7b-8 yard in a corner spot up against the house. If they live, I will let you know. If they don't, I will order some new early next spring and start them out right next year.
That is Gorgeous. Mine are still in their winter dormancy. Got pinestraw over them.?
Have some VFT under it too. Don't think the sundews made it but who know what Spring will have show up.
Thank you, It looks like a Rainbow Garden of CP'S. It is beautiful.
No, I haven't had them in the fridge. I just got them & don't know much of anything about them other than they look really cool :) I had originally planned to put them in a spot in my back yard that is kind of wet most of the time. But it is in mostly shade under pines.
For germinating Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia) you need to stratify. If you live where it is cold and wet, you can put them on a mix of peat and perlite or sand, and leave outside for the winter. If you live in a warm place like me, you can put the seeds on a paper towel, spray with rain water, spray with a fugacide like Neem, fold the paper towel, put in a ziplock and put in the fridge for three months, then put it on the correct soil mix in full sun outside, and they will germinate quickly.
What do you call that one with the red colored bloom? I want to find one of those to go with my green ones from RRM. Is that one of the ones Cody id buying in the co-op thingy? Do you know, RRM or Seray?
Some of the reds are S. "Judith Hindle" and some are S. "Daina's Delight" and some are S. purpurea. The yellow ones are S. flava. There's one that has red flowers that are more of an orange. I think those are the prettiest. I have no idea what it is. These plants were donated to the gardens by a hobbiest. We were so lucky to get such an amazing collection.
I move the caterpillars to the compost heap. They can eat everything growing there. :) I have a live and live attitude with my critters.
The pool is perfect for the Sarracenia. Venus Flytraps don't like to get too wet, so I keep them in another container. The pool will overflow if there's too much water, and that's fine. I also have holes drilled about 1 inch below the rim. My plants are always drying out, so I am always trying to figure out how to keep them wet enough. Since they are bog plants, they like to be wet.
The parrott pitcher like to even be underwater. Very important to keep them outside. When I planted the bogs are the botanical garden, the pond liners were filled half way with way. Then I added a mix of peat and perlite. The result was like quicksand. Then I put in all the plants. They have been very happy.
WHen VFT get too much water they shrink because the roots rot.
I have some little green cobra lilies in mine and was wondering if they get too much water if they stay out in the rain. I kept them in this pot in the greenhouse then when it warmed up a bit I put them outside but never had any before and was thinking of getting more and different ones and just didn't want to kill these. Can they all stay together in a pool and outside?
I just started growing vft to help with the flies my fruit trees bring, after I got mine I foung a local cultivator here near portland oregon and she lets hers winter outside snow and all. I saw pics of them fully covered with snow and the next spring they where beautiful, they are on a web page titled "who says vft's can't grow in oregon" but I don't remember the url