As the weather has warmed up and the days have gotten longer, lots of new Sarracenia pitchers have opened! This spring was especially exciting because I got to see some almost adult pitchers on a S. x moorei I produced a few years back. I also got my first flower from some S. flava var rugelii plants that I am growing from seed.
About two weeks ago I saw Sarracenia pollination occur naturally. It was pretty exciting. This is the first time I can remember that a pollinator interacted with the flower in the way that books such as The Savage Garden describe Sarracenia pollination.
As the temperature warms up and the days get longer, temperate plants are waking up from their winter slumber. Sarracenia flava, as usual, was the first to begin sending up a flower stalk (in early Feb). A flower bloomed just last week...
I just added some tuberous Drosera to my collection! My collection now includes a D. macrophylla and a D. ramellosa "Pink flower" from California Carnivores. The fan-leaved ramellosa is particularly attractive, and the rosetted tuberous sundews' inflorescence are more interesting compared to the flower stalk structure of something like D. capensis. Photos of plants below:
About a week ago, I got a Cephalotus follicularis "Agnes" from CalCarn. I've always wanted a Ceph, and thought to finally give it a shot. I also thought it was great that the particular clone I got was named after the dog at California Carnivores...
My primuliflora has been growing well for me so far...it is developing another flower and is producing several plantlets at the tips of its leaves. It's interesting how primuliflora just naturally produces plantlets so readily.
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I took a D. binata leaf cutting the day I received the plant. I was surprised to find that two weeks later, several plantlets had already appeared from the leaf! Below is a photo of some binata plantlets potted up. Hopefully they'll grow well. Currently they are covered by sandwich wrap under compact fluorescent bulbs next to my P sethos.
Just a few weeks after receiving it, my primuliflora has flowered! I don't think it's supposed to bloom in October though...it might be mistakenly thinking that spring is here...like a lot of my S. flava (flava has been sending up really short flowers). Donald Schnell's Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada says P. primuliflora's flowering season is from February to April.
I recently added two Pinguicula to my collection (about two weeks ago). These are the first of this genus that I have ever seen in person. I am excited to see them grow and hopefully flower!
I got Pinguicula primuliflora and Pinguicula x 'Sethos' from California Carnivores.
The primuliflora joins my outdoor collection, while sethos becomes my one carnivorous plant that will stay indoors year round.