My first Nepenthes ventricosa has sent up two basal shoots over the years since I purchased it.Â Now the Nepenthes ventricosaÂ hybrid that I purchased at Lowes has started sending up its first basal shoot.Â Here is a closeup that I just took this afternoon.
I will post some additional pictures as the shoot develops.
I just realized that this is my first blog entry in something like six months. Life has been very busy lately so I have not had much time to spare here.
Anyway, I just bought a couple of new plants a week or so ago from my local Lowe’s. They are some kind of Sarracenia, but I don’t know the species yet. They were marked as S. purpurea, but this they clearly are not.
I am no expert at identifying Sarracenia, but I will try my best.
I will try to post some pictures some time in the next few days.Â If I can’t figure out what they are, I may post a link to the pics on one of the cp forums.
I need to stop going to Orchard Supply. I was there yesterday buying some paint and ended up in front of the flytrap display again. Needless to say, a couple more flytraps came home with me. I’m starting to think about setting up a VFT only minibog at some point during winter dormancy.
Okay, I couldn’t help myself. I was at Orchard Suppy Hardware the other day and saw the display of flytraps. Two new flytraps came home with me.
Since I had some problems with transplant shock when moving some of my existing Dionaea to the minibog, I have decided to grow these by the tray at method at least until they are going through dormancy. I may transfer them to the bog at that point.
In a previous entry I mentioned that I had purchased an unknown Nepenthes from Lowe’s. At the time of my posting, it was just starting to pitcher. It now has 4 fully mature, and several more on the way.
When the first pitcher fully developed, it appeared to be a standard N. ventricosa. However, the later pitchers have a slightly ruffled peristome, so it must be some kind of hybrid. I have heard that the peristome characteristics of young plants are not fully expressed, so I might have to wait a little while longer before I can attempt an ID.
Last month I found the usual CP display at the local Lowe’s home center. By usual I mean that most of the plants were dying or dead. Some had disappeared altogether–merging with the long-fibered sphagnum moss.
However, there was one Nepenthes (species unknown) that still appeared to be in good shape, so I bought it. Once I got it home, I put it on the table next to my N. ventricosa and popped it out of its plastic dome.
Over the next few weeks it doubled in size and started to grow upwards with 1/2 inch of stem between the leaves. Each of the newest leaves are already larger than the largest leaves of my N. ventricosa which I have had for two years.
Now it is finally starting to pitcher, so perhaps I will be able to identify it soon. I have heard that most of the home center type of Nepenthes are hybrids, so it might not be possible to id, but we shall see…