These trays started off as a place to grow on vfts until they were big enough to pot. But nature had other ideas and decided to turn them into mini wild gardens. Who am I to object, after all they may be messy but the only plants I put in there were vfts the rest just sort of arrived and took over and I kinda like them as they are! What do you think?
Carnivorous Cobra Lilies, Darlingtonia californica, in bloom near Florence, Oregon, July 2014. The Cobra Lily is Oregon’s only native pitcher plant (family Sarraceniaceae) and is also very rare (and illegal to collect, I might add). D. californica is very picky about its habitat and prefers to grow in alkaline fens (most pitchers prefer acidic bogs) and uses specialized enzymes to digest its insect prey, which get trapped by downward-pointing hairs growing on the inside of the pitchers.
Great! Keep humidity high and it may well root into a new plant. I’ve found sphagnum moss & bark works well as the potting medium for cuttings… but success rate is not that high (50%), at least for me.
Earlier in the year I sowed some self pollenated cephalotus seeds from my own plant. Nothing happened for months so I moved the tray into a slightly sheltered area and forgot about it until today. As it’s poring down with rain where better to be than in the glasshouse. So while weeding and snipping I had a look in the tray, and wow I find a few little ceph seedlings! I’m so chuffed, ceph seedlings from my own seeds!
I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all the nice comments, likes and reblogs of my plant photos and experiences! I love this hobby, wanted to share some of it, and I’m happy the reception has been so positive. The online carnivorous plant community is truly amazing.
I FINALLY upgraded my phone, and made an instagram account specifically for my carnivorous plant photos. Please follow The Carnivore Girl if you’re an instagrammer. I’ve been searching hashtags and following as many carnivorous plant users on there as I can find, so make sure I follow you too!