Too many insects!

Jeffrey Michael Stein (
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 14:25:21 -0400 (EDT)

> In case of S. purpurea-pitchers, which often smells like rotting meat after
> some weeks in trapping business. I'm wondering whether the bad smell
> serves as an additional attractant. Any suggestions???

A similar problem occurs in a bog located in the temperate greenhouse at
the MSU Botany Teaching Greenhouses. The bog was just cleaned up and
rebuilt. The S. purpurea have been in it around a month long and
already the sowbugs have overloaded the traps causing massive rotting of
the traps. One plant is surrounded by handfuls of dead sowbug
carcasses! It's unclear if this is helpful to the plant or not. The
tall Sarr. species are totally unaffected (the bugs don't climb up to
the top), the same is true for the Darlingtonia which accompanies the
Sarr's. If these S. purpurea do not survive it will be both
enlightening, and a shame. We'll have to double-think putting more S.
purpurea in it!