I took a cutting of a Sarracenia rhizome and am unsure of how to plant it. Everything i have looked at says rhizomes grow horizontally, but this one was straight down because of the size of the pot it was in. Should i plant it the way it was oriented before i cut it or turn it sideways?
Can i change my question to "how should i plant this rhizome?" I have it in the soil mix from Carnivorous Plant Nursery. Should i have peat moss on top too? I am also unsure of how wet the soil should be. I am using the tray method with about an inch of water.
Post by jerrytheplater on Apr 12, 2018 21:23:18 GMT -5
This is a video I made to show how I potted up some VFT, but it works the same for your Sarracenia. youtu.be/h-mIt47WFCw
I just use pure sphagnum peat moss, not the long fibered type. You can mix it with silica sand at 50/50 ratio. I have never done this. I am sure your potting mix will work perfectly well, since it came from CPN. I use plastic pots with drainage holes in the bottom. Fill the pot maybe 1/4 of the way with the moist peat moss. Hold your rhizome with your fingers so the roots are down and fill the pot with the other hand. Try to keep the rhizome centered in the pot. Have the pot filled all the way because it will settle once you water. The video shows this. Water in the plant. It may settle. If so, I will grab the rhizome and gently pull it up to add more peat moss. Today, about 6 weeks after potting up the plants, I saw they were settled about 1.5" deep in the pot. I wanted them deeper, so I supported the young plants with my fingers, turned the pot upside down and dropped the wet peat moss cylinder out of the pot into my hand. I then added more peat moss to the pot and put the original cylinder back in and settled it into the pot, packing the peat moss around the edges. I would not do that later in the season. They are hardly grown yet.
I too use the tray method to water. I keep the trays about 1" deep with water that has a maximum Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) reading of less than 50 ppm. I sometimes let the trays dry out, but that is due to inattention, not intention. I collect rainwater to supplement the Deionized Water I bring home from work. We make it there. You can use RO water, Distilled water, rain water, tap water if suitable TDS. I have used my tap water which has a TDS of 150 or more by adding it to a 5 gallon bucket containing a layer of peat moss on the bottom. The peat moss will absorb the hardness calcium and magnesium. But this is not the best. The peat moss will be saturated. I periodically water from the top and anytime it rains, the plants get rain water in the top.
Hope this helps. Ask away if there is something you don't understand.
Post by jerrytheplater on May 10, 2018 22:35:41 GMT -5
Of the 13 I planted this year when I made the video, there are a few that still have not grown yet. Others show good growth and are sending up flower buds which I need to cut off. Flowers often come before leaves.