Re: confused Sarracenia

Robert Allen (Robert.Allen@Eng.Sun.COM)
Wed, 25 May 1994 09:20:13 -0700

>>Bob Beer, remember that S. alata X minor(?) cross you gave me? A
>>developing pit cher is "corkscrewing or spiraling" upwards. Other
>>pitchers on the plant appear
>> to be developing normally but was wondering what was happening. The
>> plant is o
>>utdoors and gets a fair amount of light 10am-1pm and 3pm-7pm (trees
>>block the rest!!). Another question I have is a S. psittacina crown
>>suddenly turned brown before anything started happening. I slowed
>>down on watering the plant and litt le pitcher shoots came out of the
>>crown. Trouble is they get about 2-3 cm and t hen they appear to
>>shrivel and die... I have another S. psittacina in the immed iate
>>vicinity and it's loving the conditions. I did dig up the former to
>> for root parasites and found none Any ideas... Kirk

I'd re-check your soil mix, and the water you are using. If there are
no signs of bugs on the developing leaves, crown, or roots, and you haven't
used pesticides around the plant, and you aren't baking the plant w/ high
temps, my guess is that your water or the soil has something in it that
the plant doesn't like. Switch to bottled, pure, water, flush the pots,
then water with known pure water for a while. You didn't use Hyponex
peat moss did you?