Carniflora News, January 2016

Full download: Carniflora News, January 2016

January – May 2016 meetings to be held at the BURWOOD COMMUNITY HUB

Renovations of the Woodstock Community Centre have started. Meetings for September, October and November will be held at the RALSTON ROOM, Burwood Library and Community Hub, 2 Conder Street, Burwood (3 blocks West of Burwood Station: on the corner of Railway Parade and Conder Street). Details of this venue are available at

The Australasian Carnivorous Plants Society Inc. is now offering two forms of membership to cater for those who want to receive electronic versions of Carniflora Australis ($25) and those who still prefer the printed version ($35). The difference in cost is to cater for the increase in postage and printing fees of the

Over the past year the society Executive has been busy reviewing, updating and implementing existing services to reach a broader range of enthusiasts and provide value for money for your membership fee. New memberships and renewals may be achieved by attending our monthly meetings or by completing the membership form attached to this newsletter.

Without a strong and committed membership the Australasian Carnivorous Plant Society Inc. will cease to exist, so if you love carnivorous plants, love to read Carniflora Australis and love to meet other growers and collectors, then NOW is the time to join.


Plants with Bite was held at the Royal Botanic Gardens – Mt Tomah from Saturday the 5th to Sunday the 13th December 2015.

The exhibition was well attended by the public with plenty of interest in the plant display, sale plants and video presentations.

The exhibition could not have been a success without volunteers who answered questions, collected and tabulated monies and provided plants for sale on both weekends. A big thanks goes to the staff of the Botanic Gardens who presented a mixed CP display (see photos below) and sold plants during the week.

Members sold in excess of $6000 in plants to visitors, generating close to $800 for the society is sales and new memberships.

The society will be attending similar events next year. Membership to the society permits individuals to sell plants at those events. Remember, the society takes 10% of sales to help cover ongoing expenses incurred, ie. public liability insurance.


Growth rates will be fast and plants will multiple rapidly. Keep algae under control. Flowers
will start to appear on the surface of the water.

Brocchinia / Catopsis
Maintain high light levels and humidity. Apply light foliar fertilisation. Pups will be produced
and may be divided when mature enough.

Byblis gigantea and lamellata are dormant. Keep dry.
The northern species of Byblis will start to flower. Growth rates will be high. Keep moist
and humidity high. Flowers can be cross pollinated.

Flowering will be well advanced and must be cross pollinated. Keep the soil moist and
cool. Avoid fungal problems by keeping good air movement around the plants.

Darlingtonia will be in active growth. Stolons will begin growing under the substrate. Watch
out for hot days. Place your plants in more shade or consider bringing them indoors during
hot weather. Night temperatures are increasing so it is imperative that the roots are kept

All VFTs should be in active growth, with flowers starting to die – collect the seed.

Tuberous Drosera are dormant. Pots should be dry. Tubers may now be unearthed to
inspect and repot the tubers.
Pygmy Drosera will be entering their dormancy with the production of white stipule buds.
Pygmy Drosera also flower this time of the year. Plants may be kept moister to keep in
active growth.
Other Winter growing species such as D. ramentacea, cistiflora and pauciflora will become
dormant. Reduce watering and keep the pots barely moist.
Tropical and sub-tropical species will be in full growth and flower. Keep the soil very moist.
Collect seed and sow onto peat based media.


Drosophyllum lusitanicum

Drosophyllum lusitanicum

Drosophyllum will be in active growth, although slower with the hotter weather. They are
less tolerant of higher levels of moisture in the soil and are at risk of root rot. Flowers on
mature specimens may emerge. The flowers are self- fertile.

Genlisea should be in flower and active growth. Keep the water levels high with these
species. Leaf and trap production will improve when the water level is at soil level. Take
leaf cuttings.


Heliamphora minor x heterodoxa

Heliamphora minor x heterodoxa

Keep plants in a bright but cool location. Mist regularly to help keep the pots cool.


Nepenthes hamata

Nepenthes hamata

As day-time temperatures increase, lowland Nepenthes begin to grow as the highland
species slow. Collect seed and sow immediately for maximum germination. Keep humidity
higher during periods of warm to hot temperatures.


Mexican species/hybrids will begin to produce their carnivorous Summer leaves. Increase
watering and humidity. Shading may be required. Leaf cuttings may be taken by pulling the older leaves from the mother plant. Ensure you get all of the leaf including the white parts close to the roots.
Warm-temperate species such as P. primuliflora and lusitanica will have mature seed.
Collect and sow on moist peat or dead sphagnum. Keep the water up to P. primuliflora and
take leaf cuttings.



Roridula gorgonias

Roridula gorgonias

Roridula should be in flower on mature plants. The flowers are self fertile. Pollinate the
flowers for seed production. Keep the soil moist and ensure good air circulation.

Sarracenia flava, oreophila and alata will be at their best. Sarracenia leucophylla and rubra
will begin to produce their mature pitchers. Their prime season is Autumn.

Most terrestrial Utricularia will be in active growth and flower. U. australis will be in active
growth and show incredible growth rates. Keep algae under control.

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