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Thursday, February 21, 2002

BOOKS - Carnivorous Plants of New Zealand - Home page of the author, Bruce Salmon. It's just been released.

WHYY 91FM - You Bet Your Garden - Radio interview of ICPS personalities David Gray and Barry Meyers-Rice, which should air Saturday 8 pm Pacific on the 23rd of Feb. It should be archived there for a month or so.

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

[Garden Note] - Spent all weekend repotting the outdoor Sarracenia and assorted Drosera that have sprung up around them. I've gone from two "mini" bogs to moving the plants to individual containers - and one mini bog. Plus I had a bunch of new plants that were obtained over the growing season that needed a home.....most notably the S. minor "Tall and Lanky", and S. rubra 'gulfensis' that I got from Barry Meyers-Rice at the UC Davis plant sale. These plants were pretty mature and split readily - so now I have two smaller pots of the S. minor and one big pot full of S. rubra. It should really look nice once they settle in. Other moves included: consolidating all my VFTs to one deep 10" pot, putting all the S. purpurea varieties in one big "color pot" - along with any hybrids that had a strong purpurea influence, and a bunch of other things that I'll log later.

One thing that took time was to pull all sorts of little Drosera binata and D. capensis from basically every exposed surface of the old pots I was working with. I saved almost all of them and worked them into the new pots to give some groundcover. It's nice to get these guys for free anytime a bog pops up. I have no idea where they came from.

Finally, I have a try of Sarracenia leucophylla seedlings from BACPS seeds that are about 2" or 3" inches tall. Some of these I moved in with the bigger pots. Others still need a home.

On the seedling front, I set up a seedling area in the sunroom using a capillary mat system from Gardeners Supply. Using a media of sphagnum peat/sand with dried sphagnum on top, I planted:

  • S. flava hybrid seeds from Gary.
  • S. minor "Tall and Lanky" seeds from my Davis plant
  • S. rubra gulfensis seeds from my Davis plant
  • S. hybrid #1 from my S. "Ladies in Waiting"
  • S. hybrid #2 from my S. purpurea
  • Drosera filiformis seeds from the ICPS seedbank

    I set up two trays using two different fungal control agents. One tray is using SoilGard(tm) Microbial Fungicide and one is using Root Boost Endomycorrhizal Inoculant. We'll see what happens.

    All in all, a lot of work, but it was fun.

  • Thursday, February 07, 2002

    Cephalotus Follicularis, Albany Pitcher Plant, West Australian Pitcher Plant - A well organized site with information on Cephalotus. Great pictures and cultivation information.

    Wednesday, February 06, 2002

    Ultra Sonic Water Fogger - Humidity is always an issue when growing CPs. These little ultrasonic mist makers seem like they'd be great for the terrarium.

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