Sar. minor- young pitchers went limp and died May 31, 2010 7:37:16 GMT
Post by Not a Number on May 31, 2010 7:37:16 GMT
Aidan, I'm just reporting what other growers have observed, some of which have been growing Sarracenia and other carnivorous plant genera for over 40 years.
You know better than me that the "wrong" way to grow plants is what doesn't work - (unhealthy plants and plants that die prematurely). And that what works for some people may not work for others.
So if you take experience out of the mix then the answers must lie elsewhere.
Darlingtonia califonrica germination - every grower I've talked to in California says to stratify the seeds. Yet growers in the UK and other European countries say no stratification is needed. My own tests with batches of seeds freshly collected from plants I hand pollinated or field collected from Darlingtonia in Gasquet, California results in no germination of unstratified seeds even after nine months. Later test showed no difference in results if the seeds had been stored refrigerated for several months. And to make matters more interesting I stratified the previously sown and unstratified pots and was able get a few germinations. I would say less than 20% germinations vs >80%.
So who is doing it "wrong" here?
Drosera anglica 'Hawaii' - from seed of two locations of the island of Kaua'i, Hawaiian Islands: Kanaele Bog and the Alakai Swamp. The Kanaele Bog is considered a low-elevation site at 2100 ft (640 m) and the Alakai Swap a highland site at 4000-4500 ft (1219-1371 m). When grown side-by-side in the same water tray on my windowsill or growing shelf (lights) the Alakai Swamp plants will die back or go dormant in the summer where as the Kanaele Bog plants continue to flourish. I successfully grow other highland species on the same windowsill. In this case what I'm doing "wrong" for one group is "right" for the other.
Since the same grower is involved in both of the above cases you can take experience/skill out of the picture. Where then do the answers lie?
When things go consistently "wrong" you have to try other methods. To do otherwise is, as defined by Albert Einstein, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
BTW: After two summers of trying to grow the Alakai Swamp D. anglica indoors I will put them outdoors this time around (new batch from seed).