So here we are… early July. Everything is growing amazingly well this season. The big divide and cleanup has certainly made a difference on the plants. As far as maintenence goes, I’ve clipped off all the flowers… Since I didn’t make any hybrids this year, there is no sense burdening the plants with the task of making seeds.
In all the literature, they talk about issues about using “tap water” to water CP. Well, we’ll have to see how much of a negative effect that will have on my plants. It has been HOT and DRY here this year. Very little snow over the winter and very little rain… Without a checking and adding up the numbers, we’ve had about 10cms of rain (if that) since April. Because of that, I’ve been watering my bogs exclusively with tap water. There is thunderstorms in the forecast for the next few days… but they are only due to daytime heating and humidity, so they can fire up pretty much anywhere… So here’s hoping!
I love flytraps… and they are incredible this year. I should have put something in the shot for scale, but these traps are all 25-35 mm in since! AMAZING! It never ceases to amaze me how well these plants do here in this climate!
I remember a teacher I had in Grade 5 (a long time ago in a classroom far far away…) telling me that he swears he saw venus flytraps growing in a relic bog near here when he was out hiking. I remember telling him how absurd that was (likely didn’t use absurd, I was 10). First, I told him, they only grew in the coastal regions of the Carolinas and two, its WAY TO COLD HERE! Well, point two is now mute, but as for point 1, its possible someone outplanted some… who knows!?
I’ve posted about the above plant a few times now. Its an AF hybrid I made of AF courtii x AF mitcheliana some years back. Clearly the purpurea parentage has shown dominance… Its not the most attractive thing, but for some reason I keep hoping that its going to do something to impress me. You can see a white fringe on the leaf in the foreground… maybe in the fall it’ll do something!!!!