Post by mikepellerin on Jan 23, 2015 23:12:48 GMT -5
I really like this plant and would like to grow some, but I heard that they are hard to grow. Does anybody on the forum grow them? Are their growing conditions really different from the other Sarracenia species? Are they hard to grow? Thanks in advance for any input members can give me.
Post by natchgreyes on Jan 24, 2015 8:24:13 GMT -5
Yep, I grow S. minor. They're a bit trickier in NE because they seem to prefer longer summers than other Sarrs. So, I usually get fewer pitchers than with some other species/crosses, but I don't find S. minor particularly difficult. There's a rumor that they prefer drier conditions than other Sarrs, but I think that comes from people stumbling across them in pine barrens after ditching and logging, so the plants in those locations are actually just the remnants of what was there before. I treat them like any other Sarr.
Post by Brassleaves on Jan 26, 2015 9:43:46 GMT -5
One trick I used to use while living in NE was utilizing a coldframe. I would place my plants under a coldframe on February 1st. Then return them under it on Labor day. You can extend your growing season too something more along the lines of what the plants get in the wild. I would bring you some at the next meeting, but unfortunately it would be quite a drive for me. If you have trouble finding some, send me a message. I'll send you a few for postage. I have a strain with location data, Orange, FL. I believe it is Orange Beach State Park, or one of the surrounding parks.
After-thought: You need to set up the coldframe a day or two before you place your plants underneath. This gets the ground warmed up and ready. Also, get ready for a wicked patch of grass too mow when you move the plants to their permanent summer location.
It is often made of wood glass and helps protect the plants from the wind and keeps them a little bit warmer based on the greenhouse effect of the sun through the glass. I am planning something like that over my bog to get a longer grow season.
Lets get together and build em. I m a carpenter so it'd be a piece of cake I ve got access to oodles tools and a workshop. I guarantee you if you give me a design I ll build you something that will last for several years easy. Hopefully we can make it happen sooner than later can hit up craigslist for free Windows etc for the glass
Thanks for the offer. Transporting large ones could be a problem. It would be cool to bring a small one to an NECPS meeting for a group discussion. We could also bring one to the next show as a display to help demonstrate ways to protect your plants outside.
A key feature in a cold frame is the ability to raise the glass on really hot days so the plants do not overheat.