Photos, Egg Whites, and Darlingtonia

Rick Walker (
Thu, 22 Dec 1994 16:20:49 -0800


> Just a quick mention of a World Wide Web site with a number of good CP scans

Thanks for the pointer. I just sent Dr. Wolf a note to see if he would
like to donate some images to the CP database.


> A while ago, there was a discussion of using powdered egg whites as CP food.
> I have looked high and low at health food stores, and regular stores and
> have not been able to locate any. Is the powder called something else
> besides egg whites? Where have people found this?

I think I started this.

I use egg-white powder, available from my local health food store, to
fertilized my pings. The powder comes bulk-wrapped in little cellophane
bags and costs about $0.75/oz. Used sparingly, the plants quickly
digest it and show distinctly enhanced growth. If there is interest, I
could purchase a quantity for resale to members of this list.

> How could I submit pix to the web site? I have a few color pix, but no
> scanner. Do you have the ability to scan them in?

About a week ago, I gave a summary of how you should format your writeup.
You can send that part to me by email. The images you can send as GIFs,
or you can mail me color photos by snail mail. Be selective. Only photos
that are well identified, and which clearly show the key features of the
plant are useful. Take a look at what photos are already in the database.
Try to supplement rather than duplicate. You can send your pictures to:

Rick Walker
2060 Oberlin Street
Palo Alto, CA


> An account of my masters research on darlingtonia has just been
> published in the california native plant society's quarterly journal
> 'Fremontia'. Its in the October issue, page 29. Let me know what you
> think and if you have any good ideas for my next field season. Also,
> why is there so little spoken of darlingtonia in this forum? Too hard
> to cultivate? Too small a distribution? just wondering. sincerely,

What a surprise to find out you are on the list! I have read your article
and found it quite interesting - especially the fact that you had found
a white-flowered form of Darlingtonia.

My sister and I visited Gasquet, CA two years ago and saw many plants with
bagged and tagged flowers. I assume that those were part of your pollination

I think Darlingtonia is little grown due to its difficulty. Some have
noticed that when plants are grown from seed that they are much more
tolerant to greenhouse conditions than when collected from the wild. It
may be that the intolerant seedlings die young leaving only the adaptable
plants. Perhaps Darlingtonia will become easier to grow after being
cultivated for multiple generations.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Rick Walker