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...
S. alata, S. minor, and S. leucophylla flower buds quickly followed S. flava.
It's interesting how each species' flower bud looks slightly different. S. flava buds are generally blunt and pink, while S. alata flower buds are usually more pointy (at least when they first emerge). S. minor flowers always have three claw-like structures around each bud, which evokes an image of a three-fingered hand holding something up. S. leucophylla flower buds and stalk are usually dark red to purple colored.
Tuberous Drosera have gone dormant. D. macrophylla went dormant in January. This seemed really early, but I don't think it died. I checked what was going on underground, and there was a healthy looking tuber. It looked like the the plant had withered from top down, which is what is supposed to happen when they go dormant. I'm planning on checking on the tuber again sometime to make sure it's still alive. D. ramellosa grew a several weeks longer than D. macrophylla. It went dormant in February. I had a scare with ramellosa when I knocked the pot with it off a windowsill (I had put it there because it was too cold outside) and the tuber got cut off from the rest of the plant. The plant had already started to go dormant, but the tuber now has less energy stored than it could. It should be fine though. I'm looking forward to seeing both species spring back to life in the fall.
Drosera capensis and Drosera burmannii are enjoying the relatively cool temperatures of Spring. Both have been growing vigorously. D. burmannii has formed a beautiful carpet of dew underneath capensis.
D. burmannii is supposed to be a tropical or subtropical plant. However, one of my plants doesn't want to agree with that classification. It survived the entire winter outside, even though there were a few instances of sub-zero temperature. The winters in my area are pretty mild, but it was still interesting to see a tropical plant survive the few freezes we had. Here's a photo of the plant:
My other burmannii are in a pot with my capensis. I brought them indoors anytime the temperature got too low (<40 F).
I put my Nepenthes outside again. Outdoor nighttime temperatures are now more or less consistently above 50F (my min temp for my Nepenthes).
N. ventricosa is again blooming. I'm thinking about saving some pollen in the fridge until my boschiana (which is female) flowers again.
Utricularia are also blooming! It looks like U. subulata. It came in the pots of other carnivorous plants and has spread to pretty much every carnivorous plant pot on the deck.
Rising college student who enjoys growing carnivorous plants.