Re: Sarracenia Tissue Culture:

dave evans (T442119@RUTADMIN.RUTGERS.EDU)
Mon, 20 Nov 95 17:29 EST

> From: "Carlstrom_Rick"
> I recently bought a small pot with three Drosera Capenis
> plants. I
> bought it at a local plant store. Along side the drosera was two
> Sarracenia Flava'a (mislabelled "purple pitcher plants"). All
> these plants had signs on them stating that they were created by
> tissue culture and not taken from the wild. I thought I read a
> while back that nobody has been able to tissue culture
> Sarracenias. Was I mis-informed? Are companies actively tissue
> culturing S. flava? Or was this tissue-culture label on the pot
> simply a lie? If they are skilled enough to tissue culture S.
> flava how come they seem unable to properly identify it compared
> to S. purpurea?

Sarracenia can be tissue cultured they were doing it at Long Wood when
I was there 1 or 2 years ago. As for whether the plants in the store are
TC'ed, I can not help you there. And the label is simply a sign of CP
apathy. It goes hand in hand with CP which die very fast in stores for
no good reason. VFT is impossible for me to kill but thousands die in
stores nation wide, or they are bearly hanging on so when someone buys
them they'll believe that CP are hard to grow. CP are ignored by people.
When I'm in the Pine Barrens, no one I meet even knows there are pitcher
plants growing just about anywhere there's water. I'm amazed by it.

Dave Evans