Refreshing sight for our Northern Winter

© JD Brook 2013a

As an avid grower of Sarracenia, I find the winter months very hard.  Every other season has something unique and exciting to look forward to… Spring gives us the flush of flowers and excitement of new growth, Summer … well… not much to say, its summer and its awesome! Autumn provides another flush of growth and in some species, some of the nicest pitchers of the season.  Then WINTER!!!!

© JD Brook 2013f

When its winter in the Northern Hemisphere, its Summer on the opposite side of the globe.  Over the years, I’ve made some pretty good eFriends on the other side of the planet.  One in particular, I’ve been in contact with for many years now… and every Winter, he’s good enough to send me photos of his spectacular Sarracenia collection.  It’s literally Eye Candy for a winter weary person like myself.

I also asked him to send me some particulars of his growing conditions. There just might be some readers who live in similar conditions who might consider outdoor growing!

Intersperses in this post are photos from Julian’s collection for your enjoyment.

© JD Brook 2013e

Julian lives in NewZealand… here’s the info he sent me regarding his climate

Location: 36.8500° S, 174.7833° E  Auckland, New Zealand
Climate: Low lying isthmus with oceans both sides makes for a moist temperate climate. Summers are very humid.
Summer: November to March
Temps: The warmest average max/ high temperature is 23°C  in January & February. Can get into mid 30s at times.The coolest average min/ low temperature is 7°C in July & August. Can get as low as 0°C at times with frost.
Rainfall: Auckland receives on average 1243 mm (48.9 in) of precipitation annually or 104 mm (4.1 in) each month.
Wind: Auckland is a relatively windy place due to proximity to ocean that surrounds Antarctica.
Sunshine: Very high UV levels (World’s highest – very bad for human skin). Full sunshine hours per day in middle of summer are 7.5 hrs
Sarracenia outdoor growing season: Flowers and pitchers begin to appear mid October in flava, leuco, oreo and purp, with other species beginning in November. Flava and oreo produce phyllodia during January. Leuco produce best pitchers in March. All species are dormant by May. Seed typically mature in late Feb. Like Sarras grown anywhere outdoors, gotta site them where they will get max sunshine. Mine get direct sun for 10 hours per day during summer.
Prey abundance: High (see attached photo of typical pitcher full of flies)
Prey abundance © JD Brook 2013
Sarracenia pests: Aphids, Mealy Bug, Scale, Thrips.
Sarracenia diseases: Fusarium Wilt
My outdoor plants are grown in individual pots that stand in polythene lined display boxes holding the necessary amount of water during summer. They are drained in winter.

Atropurpurea © JD Brook 2013 Leuc © JD Brook 2013 ROUTE65 rugelii © JD Brook 2013 Rubricorp x leuc © JD Brook 2013 Sumatra rubricorpora © JD Brook 2013 Waycross behind, Old Dock in front © JD Brook 2013

As you can see from the above photos, his plants get great color! I want to say a big thanks to Julian for getting the photos and info together so I can post it here.  Like I said, its a great way to make winter a bit less painful!


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5 Responses to Refreshing sight for our Northern Winter

  1. Waxy says:

    Thanks Carl for passing on the Photos. I have been long familiar with Julian’s excellent plants and photos via posts on a few other forums by ‘Kiwiearl’, another NZ grower. Like you I’ve come to rely on these midwinter lifts from our friends in NZ and Australia. No more so than nights like tonight when “Blue Northers” blow in. Expecting a low of 10F or less, one of the five coldest of the winter. At least now they don’t last. Tomorrow is supposed to warm to 39F with an overnight of 30F. Springs getting closer!!
    Waxy – right on the border of zone 6b/7a in northern New Jersey, USA

    • Carl Mazur says:

      kiwiearl and Julian are the same guy 🙂

      • Waxy says:

        That’s a kick! I’ve just been following everyone else’s lead and calling him Earl. What a laugh! Always thought his photos were awesome. Nice to see the planting boxes filled with beautiful plants. Glad to see my favorite, his S fava – true Carolina var atropurpurea, the first plant photo after the split pitcher with flies. Hope to add a piece of that to my collection some day. Thanks again Carl. Waxy

  2. Jonathan says:

    What size pots are these? I am about to pot up some mature size bare root and don’t know what size pots. These look like a good size for bigger plants. Thanks

    • Carl Mazur says:

      These photos are from my New Zealand friend Julian. I’m going to guess they are 20 – 30 cm pots… maybe if he sees this post he can chime in.

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