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.
There's been a large number of lovebugs flying around lately. After looking the insects up on the internet, I found out that adults come up out of the ground to mate twice a year - in spring and again in late summer/early fall (article here). Obviously, the bugs I'm seeing are up for their late fall mating. Anyway, they are attracted to the Sarracenia, especially S. leucophylla, in large numbers. You're probably thinking, Wow!, what a surprising fact - so are lots of other insects. What is so unique about lovebugs? Well...they just fall in as if they're willingly sacrificing themselves. I'm guessing this is because of limited mobility due to their being stuck together. There are so many of these insects and they fall in so easily that many pitchers are full of them...
...so full that they are causing humongous brown spots - it kind of looks like the whole pitcher is rotting. Some lids of affected pitchers are drying up. It seems kind of strange that a full pitcher would just rot away. Catching lots of insects should be normal. I suspect the pitcher rotting has something to do with the acidity of the dead lovebugs (a fact I read in this article).
I don't recall this happening in previous years.
Late summer is here! S. leucophylla is now sending up its summer crop of magnificent pitchers. It will be nice once all my leucophylla plants open their pitchers. (Update - photos below of many leucophylla pitchers open)
S. alata is also sending up much more colorful pitchers. The red is darker and extends to more of the pitcher than before.
Dionaea caught a small snail. First time I've ever seen a snail get caught.