Spring! Your plants wake up, put on a bedazzling flowery show, and start popping fresh pitchers. How excellent the show ends up being is dependent on what we do leading up to this time of year. So, how do we get our Sarracenia into tip-top shape and push their growth to the max?
I've had enough caterpillar pests to have firmly concluded that, within carnivorous plant collections, they are evil incarnate and must be dealt with without empathy or remorse.
How do scale infestations happen? Last year, I purchased a Nepenthes talangensis x sibuyanensis at the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society Show and Sale (totally recommend going - it's an excellent event that falls on June 3rd, this year) and introduced it into my Nepenthes terrarium without a full [...]
Thrip damaged sarracenia leaf with the little buggers circled. Thrips - the bane of pitcher plant growers, the world over. These tiny devils invade your plants, carried to them on breeze or introduced by other infested plants. Thrips have asymmetrical mouths with the right mandible being vestigial, or missing all-together, and the left mandible [...]