I bought a Sarracenia x Dana's Delight Hybrid from the pet store Pisces a few months ago. How they had it set up in the store was in a pot for pond plants in a tray of water, so I tried to follow their example. I put it in a normal plastic pot, and drilled three holes every few centimetres, and put it in a deep saucer of distilled water. Yet the weird thing is, it always looks dried out. It really hasn't changed since I got it, I mean it's grown a few new leaves but nothing really noticeable apart from it slightly leaning to the one side. I don't know if this is a slow grower or not, put its very different from my N. Alata, which grows like a weed. Is there something I'm doing wrong that makes it look dry? It's not dying yet luckily, it's just... it's not really growing, either. The soil is always wet/moist, and I make sure the saucer never loses all it's water. My main concern is the fact that I've noticed some mould growing around the bottom of the pitcher, I think from the dead leaves. I've tried to remove it but it's just grown back, but it doesn't seem to be that big of a problem since it hasn't gotten any worse than that. I'd like to know why it's growing and how to stop it, though. Another factor to consider may be that I haven't ever replaced the water in the saucer; I've only refilled it. There's been some algae or mould growth or something clinging onto the sides of it, but it only seems to be outside of the pot.
If you have mold growing at the base of the plant I would check the rhizome for rot, especially if you say leaves look desiccated. "Daina's Delight" is not a slow plant by any means. Also, what is the soil, what kind of lighting is it getting? Any pictures? Hard to diagnose anything for certain without visual.
Yes of course I'll try to get around to posting a pic tomorrow. I can't really say how much on average because most of the time I'm gone during the day, and the weather here can really vary, like I mean, a lot. In late summer especially, the sun can get extremely intense, and I found near the beginning of September that it was even drying off the nectar on my sundew, so I moved them all a bit closer to the windowsill to help dilute the light a bit. I was also hoping this was the problem with my Sarracenia since it seemed dry. The best estimate I can give would probably be...around 6 hours or so, at least 2 of direct sunlight? The soil is mainly Peat Moss (which could explain why- I've heard this can cause problems for roots recently) with some sand. Also, could you explain to me how to check the Rhizome? I'm still fairly new to CPs so I'm not really sure what that is.... and if it does turn out to be rot, what should I do?
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2016 11:45:46 GMT 7 by shelilla
The mould is probably from a lack of air movement. I'm no expert on sarracenia but is there a reason why you are keeping it inside , the couple that i have are outside all year in full sun during summer in temps up to around 35 deg and do just fine . It's probably too early to repot as it's still growing but you could also put a lot more peat / sand mix under the plant as it's sitting really low in the pot. Have a read of this article . www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq5552.html
Thank you for the suggestions and explanation. If that's true, which is very plausible in this case, then I'm glad it's not rotting. For now I'm going to leave the window open and turn the fan on to give it some fresh air. The reason I don't keep it outside is because I live in Calgary. Not only is it incredibly dry here due to the mountains (almost desert humidity) but the weather can be extremely unpredictable and sudden. At night in fall it can get below 0 easily outside, and in midday have temperatures in the 20s-30s with the intensity of the sun. And I wouldn't even think of putting it out during winter haha. As for the summer, well this year... we've had a series of severe hailstorms almost every week or so.
Actually that's a pretty good suggestion, I was hoping it would settle into the pot at first, so for support that'd be a good use to give it some more soil. But that doesn't give me an explanation for the lack of much growth, or the dry appearance of it...
That mold is definitely something feeding off dead tissue around the base of the plant, which from the photo looks like dead leaves and small side shoots that should be cleaned off (the dried leaves need to be removed, they are no longer alive and will only invite more pathogens). And, the plant should be kept outside where it gets full sun, or at least somewhere with a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun, they don't give a rip about humidity (mine live outside here all summer where it gets into the 100's F and humidity averages 15% or less), and there should be either a lot more soil in that pot with the plant's rhizome above the surface or don't have it quite that flooded.
Okay, so less moisture? I'll give it a go. I think when I first potted the plant I purposely put in a bit less soil because I thought the holes letting the water in which were closer to the bottom wouldn't reach all the way to the top of the pot. I've been trying to remove dead leaves, but for one it's kind of hard to tell which are dead/dying with how it is now, and two the ones on the ground are really thin, tiny dead pitchers that are hard to spot and are hard to get at since they're so close to the main stems. But it was due to my negligence that it started. I also think I misinterpreted it's unhealthiness as dry, and I thought it was because of the sun so for a while I had moved it into partial shade. From now on I'll try to take it outside more often when the weather isn't bad and I can bring it inside if that happens. That's a relief it's not the humidity. And the slower growth and liveliness (at least according to the link from before) could just be due to the change in seasons. I hope I'll see it look a little better once I get it some more soil and in the spring.
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