I finally dared to look today at my Niagara Falls outdoor planter. Last fall Lloyd asked "Do any of the S. flava and rubra pitchers stay green over the winter?" in another thread but its now 13 pages long so I'll start one here> I haven’t forgotten your question but to answer it I had to watch the plants over the winter. Here in Niagara Falls I have Dana’s Delight, Scarlet Belle and Red Dragon. The best way I can describe the plant’s response to winter is that they obviously do not expect it. By late fall to early winter everything that normally grows around here has taken one of two tracks. Either it has prepared by turning brown, dropping leaves and dying back, or it is evergreen. So normally I would only see green in the cedars, euonymous and lawn grass. The pitchers stick out in my yard by stubbornly staying colored, but on the green side due maybe to lower light levels, even when they are pelted by snow. Eventually they succumb from the top back to drying and now all the pitchers are dry and brown. The bottom inch or two are still green and the crowns look firm and robust, so I expect to see good growth reappear in a couple of months although the pitchers may take until mid summer to fully develop. The crown of the Dragon looks firm with a couple of traps and trap sprouts still intact. I will wait and see on this one because last spring a VFT fooled me with a dead cat bounce, it turned to mush by May. Snow still melting in Bancroft so I’ll report on that later.
Mabudon I'm really looking forward to seeing your list of survivors especially since you volunteered for one of the hobo loggers. I did say to prep your bog whatever way you planned but I'm kind of pleased you decided to skip the mulch. With the coldest February in 30 years we'll get some great data on what these plants can do! As for the cactuses yeh I know, prickly pears are the only ones really hardy in Canada. There was a guy named Dave Nagler in Georgetown that sold cultivars with different colour flowers. I once had a barrel style though that overwintered for years. Vraev thanks for the compliment. Sorry it looks kind of ratty now but I'll see lush greenness (maybe in July tho!)
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5