Well… it’s a start! Finally I made the decision to start the process of opening up the bogs for the 2015 growing season. I’m not going to sit here and harp about how cold and snowy this winter was or how it was relentless or how we’re at least two weeks or more behind… I’m going to focus on the positive! Everything looks just fine! AMAZING! Coldest February EVER recorded in Niagara and the plants look fresh an healthy! Guys and Gals…. I’m convinced these plants are very, VERY hardy! So those of you who have been fearing making the move to outdoor culture, make 2015 the year to make the leap!!!!
So, as you can see, there is a lot of work to be done. I basically just removed the bulk of pine needles. There are still lots of needles that need to be cleaned and dead material that should be removed, but for now… its good, gets sun to the soil, and air circulating around the plants… Keeping the needles on too long will encourage mold and fungus as temps warm… What I look for is a 10 day forecast where the temps do not fall much below -2C (28F) at night and the days are consistently above freezing! This week is that week.
as you can see in the photos… I did chop the plants down a little last fall with the weed whacker, but did not cut them to the ground. This way plants with phylodia, still have them and the pitcher bases that still have decomposing bugs stay on the plants. As they emerge from dormancy, the decaying insects in the tubes provide some food for the winter starved plant. Keeping the phylodia is important too. The phylodia producing species use these flat leaves to catch the early spring sun and get the photosynthesis happening as the providing food as the plants emerge from dormancy. So don’t cut them off… keep them on!
The other spring project, is squirrel proofing my Flytraps! For now, I just layed some chick wire down. I will be making a frame that will hold the wire up about 6 inches off the surface so that the VFT’s grow, and still be protected from the squirrels. After a month or so, the squirrels seem to leave the bogs alone again… at that point, I will remove the mesh!
I’m really looking forward to the new growing season!