Thursday, September 24, 2015

What happens after 3 months of neglect?

So we all know that I haven't been giving my plants quite the attention they deserve lately. But what really drove it home for me was seeing Drosera prolifera take things into its own hands.

Drosera prolifera plantlets.
Thus the name I guess.
Drosera prolifera plantlets.
Look at these little plantlets just dangling in midair. Tell me that's not hilarious.
Hahahah whoops! Let's see what else is going on around the collection.

Drosera 'Emerald's Envy' doesn't seem to have enjoyed the handful of heat waves we've had recently.

Drosera capillaris 'Emerald's Envy'.
Sorry about the heat little dude.
I don't think this guy is toast though – there's a new flush of leaves there, and the weather should be cooler over all pretty soon.

As I was preparing this post, I was planning on saying "The smaller Pinguicula reticulata died while I wasn't looking," but then I went in for a picture and realized it was just dormant.

Dormant Pinguicula reticulata.
So tiny I almost lost it.
So tiny! The larger plant didn't go dormant, and is looking great.

Pinguicula reticulata.
What an unbelievable red.
Check out that color! I'm swooning here.

The Drosera occidentalis that I had given up on as a lost cause sprouted up out of nowhere on me.

Drosera occidentalis var. microscapa.
I'm continually surprised by how hard it is to actually kill a plant.
Look at those cute little nubbins! I don't know why everyone isn't an obsessive pygmy collector.

The Drosera madagascariensis, which I've been needing to trim back for a year, have given up on the stakes and are just splayed out everywhere.

Drosera madagascariensis et al.
Stems everywhere!
There's a lot of flowers stalks I need to trim in there too...

I've missed photographing 2 Byblis liniflora flowers during the last couple months, but it looks like a couple more might be on the way.

Byblis liniflora.
The colors in this plant are so subtle and fine. I love it.
I really like this plant. It's so fragile-looking.

Finally, the best thing to come out of this period of neglect is my Pinguicula 'Aphrodite', which is looking absolutely stunning right now.

Pinguicula 'Aphrodite'.
Again, thus the name.
The color plus the dew is nuts. And it's offsetting!

All told the collection is still looking pretty good inside (don't ask me about my Sarracenia – that's for another, more somber post). I'm really fortunate that the climate in the Bay Area is very sundew-friendly, and that my growing setup is so self-regulating. The timer keeps the lights on the right cycle, and the cool nights keep the plants from frying. I even got quite lax with water – letting my trays go dry for several days at a time – and the plants didn't noticeably suffer.

This is not to say that I could ignore my plants forever. I've got a lot of trimming and a bit of repotting to do to keep things tidy in my collection. Fortunately the Bayer 3-in-1 seems to have finally taken care of my aphid problem. Looking forward to a good autumn. It's almost gemmae season!

1 comment:

  1. We are all certainly guilty of plant neglect from time to time! Nice to see your updates. Everything still looks great despite the neglect haha.