Spring is officially here within a month, but we’re already feeling it in California! This mild winter has been a double-edged sword for us. The sun is out, the weather is warm, and plants are breaking dormancy early, which we love! But the few rainstorms we’ve had have barely made a dent in our drought. Here’s to more spring rain, hopefully!
In the meantime, I’m happy and excited to see all kinds of new growth in my plants that were dormant! Lots of photos on the horizon, matey! (Why am I continuing with this pirate theme, I don’t know.)
First up, my big mama rhizome of Sarracenia flava “Cuprea”! I doused this poor thing with heavy doses of imadicloprid since mealybugs evidence was found. But it’s sending up a flower stalk and new pitchers like nobody’s business!
I’m seeing a lot of new Sarracenia pitchers on the plants too young to flower like the one below. These are growing from one of my unknown hybrids from Cook’s Carnivores.
Pretty much as expected, Drosera capensis has been thriving and growing like crazy all winter. I really like the photo below! The dew spots being out of focus make it look extra sparkly. Click here to see how easy Drosera capensis are to grow!
Although, I don’t recall my Drosera capensis flowering last year, here is the mother plant hanging out with its Mini-Me.
Despite being in the exact same pots and conditions as Drosera capensis, my Drosera binata decided to die back and go dormant this winter. Here are the first leaves starting to uncurl a few days ago.
Remember when I potted some Drosera spatulata in a baby doll head planter? Apparently, I also scooped up a dormant Drosera spatulata rhizome, because it now has leaves growing out of the back of its head. I’ve created a monster!
Here is the first Drosera binata to fully uncurl its leaves.
My Drosera venusta is showing lots of spunk and upright leaves! This is comforting to me, since I’ve read about D. venusta randomly deciding to thrive or flail in cultivation at its own discretion.
Drosera nidiformis seemed to grow super slowly at first. But its sent up several new leaves and even a flower stalk! I’ve read they often die after flowering, but I think I’ll let this one be and see how it does.
As the weather warms up, I am starting to water my Mexican pinguicula more often. They stay in indirect sunlight, though my Pinguicula esseriana has been developing a red blush to its leaves. After all my repotting is done, it will be time to take some leaf pullings.
And of course, the Venus flytraps are putting out tons of new leaves. I haven’t seen any flower stalks yet though!
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