Carniflora News, February 2015

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HIGHLIGHTS:

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON 12th FEBRUARY
The meeting of 12th February Is the Annual General Meeting when all positions of the current executive are made vacant. Please consider nominating for one of the positions. This is a Society run by, and on behalf of volunteers. If everyone was able to chip in and donate a little time to help with various tasks it would make a big difference; there are other people able to provide guidance, if required. Please give this some reflection. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Summary of 8th of January Meeting

Utricularia sandersonii

Utricularia sandersonii

The January meeting was a quiet occasion but those who attended were treated to a talk by Kirk ‘Fuzzy’ Hirsch on growing wet-growing species of Utricularia, i.e. those that grow fully suspended in water, and those from sodden wetlands. Hints were given on how to control algae for these plants in cultivation; including the use of old tea leaves that add tannins and to help acidify water.

Ron and Marie brought in some lovely Nepenthes and Drosera plants for sale.

Nepenthes maxima ‘dark’ x trusmadiensis

Nepenthes maxima ‘dark’ x trusmadiensis

The ‘Plant of the Month’ competition was a contest between some of the Utricularia brought in for the talk, a lovely pot of redleaved Drosera filiformis, and plant of Nepenthes maxima ‘Wavy Leaf’ form in scape and a large plant of N. maxima ‘dark’ x trusmadiensis. The winner was Nepenthes maxima ‘dark’ x trusmadiensis.

January In the Greenhouse
Hot and humid weather continued through much of January which ensured that Nepenthes
plants continued to look great, with old pitchers lasting well and new pitchers being produced.
Mature plants were also more likely to flower under these conditions too.

Sarracenia look good, but remember to keep the water up to them – these plants produce only a few leaves each season and the one day when the pot dries out and the pitchers wither, or become sunburnt, or both will show on the plant for the rest of the season.

Many Mexican Pinguicula are in full growth with several in flower. Leaf cuttings taken in Spring are now producing plantlets.
Aquatic carnivorous plants are growing rapidly in response to the long days and warm water temperatures.

Pinguicula cyclosecta leaf cutting with plantlet.

Pinguicula cyclosecta leaf cutting with plantlet.

Dionaea scapes now have ripe seed. Seed can be planted immediately, and germinate in a few weeks. Or seed can be collected and donated to the Society seed bank for sowing in Spring.

Drosera binata forms continue to flower, and fertile plants, or your own crosses will now be generating new seed. Seed of evergreen sundews will continue to germinate in seed trays.

And finally, the days are long which means that even during the working week it is still possible to get out into the greenhouse before and after work to enjoy seeing the plant collection.


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