Sarracenia flava colour & cultivation

From: Nathan J. Clemens (
Date: Sat May 15 1999 - 04:00:44 PDT

Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 21:00:44 +1000
From: "Nathan J. Clemens" <>
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Subject: Sarracenia flava colour & cultivation 

All Sarraceniaphiles

I am wondering, from fellow growers' experiences, what can affect the
sometimes alternating colouration of Sarracenia pitchers. I have been very
lucky to have just obtained a S. flava var. red tube/green lid, but it has
a slightly washy colour this season just past, even though the grower (who
has the same parent clone) has had some very brilliant colour in past
seasons. Can anyone shed any light on these observations?

I grow all of my Sarracenia specimens in live Tasmanian Spaghnum moss,
mixed with a bit of Vermiculite. I find that they tend to divide readily,
but I also clean up the rhizomes by means of removing old leaf bases(which
can encourage budding), & they flower very well. My seedlings also tend to
go in
leaps & bounds in such a medium. What I would like to know is whether this
will have a bearing on the colouration of the discussed variety the

Any helpful insight into this very ornate Genera of carnivorous plants
would be of great help!


Nathan J. Clemens
Bowral NSW Australia

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