All the leaves are now off the trees and its finally time to start putting the bogs to bed. Seeing how today was such a nice day, I figured that I’d get the first step done! THE BIG SNIP!
There are a couple of things to remember, first, plants that are “ever green” should have their leaves left on them. S. psittacina, S. purpurea tend to remain ever green. Removing their leaves certainly slows them down in the spring. This also applies to hybrid plants that contain psittacina and purpurea.
Next, plants that produce phylodia should have their pitchers removed, but the phylodia left. These flat non carnivorous leaves catch the early spring sun and get the plants started. I’ve found by experience, that removing the phylodia sets the plants back. S. oreophila, S. flava and to some extent S. leucophylla all produce phylodia. Even in some cases, I’ve seen S. alata produce phylodia. But it really not consistent. Regardless, leave the phylodia on the plants!
Everything else, I pretty much scalp to within a few cms of the ground.
We’ve had a really mild autumn, and have had very little cold weather. Infact, the nights here have been mild as well. Only one or two nights have actually dipped below the freezing mark! Though a good handful have come close. So I can’t see me mulching these bogs for a while yet. Generally I wait till I know that the weather is going to be consistently cool. Nights going below freezing most nights and day temps between 2 and 8C. For us here in Zone6b, that usually is around early to mid December! We’ll have to see.