Not much to report today except that after the destruction caused to Aggy yesterday, this evening Cass is showing signs that she has definitely been had for dinner by some foul creature. Not much in the way of damage and no trails visible in the pot but holes in the leaves all the same. Will be time for some housekeeping this weekend:
(1) Remove any dying leaves and any broken branch stems from Cass and Aggy.
(2) Review whether Pitch’s crown is high enough above the soil.
(3) Look at supporting Pitch’s pitchers so that they are vertical.
The latter two items follow advice from the website: http://www.pitcherplant.com/care_sheets/sarrac_care.html which states that: “Most larger Sarracenia need a depth of about 12-16 inches and spacing between the plants of about 12 inches. Smaller species require less space (8-10 inches.) Repot/replant when crowded. The following illustration shows proper planting depth. The back rhizome (away from the crown) can slant deeper, if needed, to keep existing leaves vertical.”
I have already re-potted Pitch once having seen this diagram because I thought the crown to be too low. Unfortunately this was after giving him a good water meaning that there was a lot of wet soil in the gaps around the top of the crown. I am going to investigate this weekend.
This website also has the following to say about Pitchers, “Pitchers are often seasonally produced … S. rubra usually are at their best in the late summer and fall [Autumn]. Hoop or cross-branch supports for the leaves can be helpful, especially with wide-mouthed varieties and plants with tall tops that are newly transplanted. These supports are optional.”
I have been thinking for a while that the pitchers need some support as the largest ones are currently leaning substantially at best and below horizontal at worst. Pitchers at horizontal and below will surely be rendered completely unable to catch prey.
For the sake of completion regarding advice from this website I will also list what it says of sunlight requirements for pitcher plants: “Pick a location that gets five or more hours a day of direct sun. … Spindly growth that is floppy usually indicates the plant needs more sun. Much less sun is needed when the plant goes dormant in the late fall through winter.”
It’s the summer solstice tomorrow and the forecast is stunning so let’s hope Pitch is feeling a bit better by the time we return to the overcast norm on Sunday.