Recap of Carnivorous Plant Goals 2015!

Remember back in January, I made a post called Carnivorous Plant Goals for 2015? It’s now three months later! Time to look back and see what goals I’ve met, what I still need to reach, and if any have changed priority at all!

  • Pollinate flowers and (hopefully!) harvest some seeds. I haven’t done this yet. I collected pollen from my Judith Hindle x flava var. atropurpurea, which is now sitting in my fridge. The only flowers really available to pollinate are my “Hummer’s Hammerhead”. My “Godzuki” produced a flower too, but it honestly looks pretty wonky and I doubt it’s fertile. I haven’t seem any pollen drop from the anthers at all. Can anyone in the peanut gallery confirm or deny the sterility of S. x Godzuki? In any case, it’s been windy here lately and I’m not sure if I missed the ideal pollination window. But I will attempt pollination as soon as I’m able!
The flower of a carnivorous North American pitcher plant. (Sarracenia Judith Hindle x flava var. atropurpurea.)
Pretty Judith Hindle x flava var. atropurpurea flower.
Sarracenia x Godzuki unusual flower
Weird, wonky Godzuki flower
Sarracenia seedlings growing under indoor light. Click to learn more!
Lynda Butt x (moorei x flava var. atropurpurea) seedling. I’m a proud mama.
  • Propagate leaf pullings from pinguicula. Another heck yes! I will have a more in-depth post about my pings soon, but I’ve had successful strikes from my P. ‘Sethos’ and P. esseriana plants. I also took pullings from my P. laueana which were not successful. I imagine they got too wet and rotted. I unfortunately lost a couple of pings to rot recently, due to heavy rain and not protecting them enough. 🙁 Always a bummer to lose plants, but I’m thrilled with seeing little plantlets!
Propagate Pinguicula from leaf pullings just like succulents!
Successful P. Sethos pulling!

 

  • Acquire some new “higher end” clones. I’m getting there! Rob Co was awesome enough to offer me some S. “Reptilian Rose” divisions, and I of course said yes! They are small and still adjusting, so no photos quite yet! Of course, now all I can think about are Dionaea “DC XL” and “Werewolf” thanks to my recent adventure to California Carnivores!
  • Shoot more video. This is one of the goals I’m moving to the bottom of my priority list. Still photography is what I know and what I do well, so I’m going to continue focusing on that. Right now I don’t have the desire or time to learn video shooting/editing. However you may see more short, amateur-hour-type video shot from my phone. Because I think I’m funny sometimes. People did seem to get a kick out of my recent Instagram vid! 
  • Make room for more plants! I haven’t yet made any changes to my growing space that would allow for a lot more plants. It’s primarily been shifting things around, squeezing other things together, and just making do with what I have. I haven’t been on any huge buying sprees in the last few months, plus I’m donating divisions here, selling a little there. It’s a delicate equilibrium right now!

Growing carnivorous plants in an apartment

  • More in the store! Yes! I’ve added three new designs to the store this year and support has continued to be awesome! I’ve had requests for more products available like laptop skins, so I’ll be adding those very shortly as well! Remember to sign up for emails to be the first to know about all things going on here in Carnivore Girl Land!
Carnivorous plant pillows
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I’m pretty happy I’ve been able to meet several goals on my list already! We’ll see how far I’ve come in three more months. 🙂

How are you doing on your goals for the year? Leave me a comment and let me know!

8 comments

  1. Brown Thumbs says:

    Wow, you got some S. ‘Reptilian Rose’ from Rob Co.? That’s awesome! Not sure if you saw how much Paul’s divisions went for on eBay recently (Whoa!), but they are highly sought after divisions.
    I’m totes jelly.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -BT

    • Maria says:

      Thanks, BT! Rob was very kind to offer them to me at a very reasonable price! When my little divisions get going, I plant to spread the Reptilian love around! 😀

  2. katyadog1 says:

    Good to see you got some nice plants! I got my Reptilian Rose and Royal Ruby from Phil, and man are they huge! I’ve got to let them grow for several years before I divide, though.

    Also, did your godzuki flower have a deformed umbrella? I had a flower that looked EXACTLY like yours (with the weird, flaring yellow petals)

    • Maria says:

      I didn’t notice the umbrella looking weird, but I’m not the most experienced with flower anatomy. It definitely did not produce any pollen. Interesting to know we both had weird Godzuki flowers! I’d love to see a pic of yours if you have one.

  3. katyadog1 says:

    Ah, I see. I was wondering because the plant I have this flower on is an unknown. So, I thought maybe it was a Godzuki flower. But, seeing as yours did not have a deformed umbrella and did not produce pollen (the flower I had did) I guess the plant I have is not Godzuki. It’s putting up pitchers, though, so I’ll find out for sure what it is soon.

  4. Dennis says:

    I bought somw VFT seeds recently
    sowed them August 7 2014
    they are just germinating but all I see are a few green specs so far
    when will these new VFT look like the pics I see of tiny traps? Is there anything I need to do?
    so far they are in trays of water in a clear plastic box no cover,,,I dont have one!
    I sowed Nep seeds as well this way but heard Neps are slow to germinate soI am just going to have to wait for them!lol !! I added water to so the seeds do not get warm in the greenhouse.

    • Maria says:

      Hi Dennis, congratulations on a successful germination! You may see teeny tiny traps in another months or so, but they will stay very small for a while. Flytraps can take 5 years or more to reach mature, adult size.

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