I love ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. They tell a story and speak volumes of potential and promise. Here are my own before and after shots – well, not of me, but of my plant.
This is how it all began…
I was with a couple of gardening friends when we saw a few pots of sarracenias at a local garden centre. Ironically, we got excited, not because the plants were lovely, but because they were not. You see, we were planning to bargain and buy the sad-looking specimens at reduced prices.
A pot of sarracenia is normally tagged at US$7 upwards here. I managed to get five for $5.
One of my friends identified a couple of them. “This is a flava, and that’s a stevensii.” He said. “They should recover if you take care of them properly.”
Another friend thought I had poured my money down the drain. “They look like they’re going dormant. It won’t be easy getting them past that stage …” He knew that I was new to all this.
He was right. I lost one after another as I couldn’t store them in the fridge as advised. That would have raised some fierce objections from my Minister of Home Affairs.
At first, nothing happened.
Then the pitchers started to grow in number. One of them had a promising blush so I decided to move it to full sun.
And the transformation began.
First, the veins turned red. Then the entire pitcher followed suit. Now I have an entire pot of deep red pitchers.
Would I be right to say that this is a purpurea x flava? For now anyway, I’ll just call it a ‘beef
steak’ – medium rare.
And …. now I do have a name for it. Allen Phoon from petpitcher forum identified it for me as Sarracenia Chelsonii which is a purpurea x rubra. Many thanks, Allen! 🙂