Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sarracenia Flowers for 2015!

Sarracenia rosea, Mobile Co. AL, clone k

Sarracenia rosea, Liberty Co., FL

The flower petals will fade to a darker pink in time, but just opened is my favorite coloration.
One petal got a little stuck and curled up while still in bud. 
S. leucophylla f. viridescens

Totally looks like this flower is melting. If it wasn't a bright lime green, it might look like it's drippy and sad. 
S. leucophylla 'Tarnok' 

would've had 2 flowers, but sod web worms :(

S. minor, Orange Co., FL

Looking good overall already

S. rubra?

This is the rubra or rubra hybrid from the "Bug Biting Plants Terrarium Kit" sold at Lowe's. S. rubra ssp. rubra or a hybrid?
There were a few that didn't flower this year for one reason or another, and some more just getting ready to flower that I'll add in later on.

I also have a whole bunch of new Sarracenia this year. Went a bit overboard and probably doubled the collection between spring sales and trades. So stay tuned for some pitchers as the growing season continues!

The latest additions to the crew just potted up. Some more from Mike Wang, and a few imported back to the states from Mike King in the UK. Super excited to see how all the new Sarrs do this year!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Help Support Meadowview Biological Research Station, Limited Edition Shirts!

This year The Sarracenia Forum has voted to help fund Meadowview Biological Research Station with sales of these awesome shirts."Originally created to support and advertise the forum, The Sarracenia Forum Limited Edition T-shirt is now a fund raising effort to help protect our beloved Sarracenia in the wild! This year all profits raised from shirt sales will go to Meadowview Biological Research Station to help fun land aquisition at their Central Virginia Preserve. For 2015 our very own Rick Meyer has created an amazing design featuring the pleasingly plump pitchers and ornate venation of Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana, the Mountain Purple Pitcher Plant. Please help support Meadowview and our forum by purchasing one or more shirts! Thank you!"

This campaign went very well last year when proceeds went to support the NASC. I can vouch that the shirts are well made and the print does not wear off. I still have and wear my shirt from last year's fundraiser and it's been through the washer and dryer quite a few times!

Men's and Women's tank tops and t-shirts available this year.

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So help us help preserve the ever shrinking natural habitats that Sarracenia grow in. Even as far back as 1993, estimates that 97.5% of Sarracenia habitats have been destroyed in the Southeast US. Three Sarracenia species are already listed as Federally Endangered under the USA Endangered Species Act, (S. rubra subsp. alabamensis  in Alabama, S. rubra subsp. jonesii in North and South Carolina, and S. oreophila in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.)

To read more about why Sarracenia need special protection click for the Wikipedia Entry and The Carnivorous Plant FAQ.

Please share on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc.! We're at 10 shirts into our goal of 40 and it's only day one!

Prices for different style tank tops and t-shirts are between $18 and $20 USD.
Domestic (United States) shipping $3.85 + $1 for each additional t-shirt.
Domestic (Canada) $9.50 + $4 for each additional t-shirt.
International shipping is $12.50 + $2 for each additional t-shirt.

Domestic orders have an estimated arrival date of approximately 2 weeks after the campaign has ended and International orders have an estimated arrival date of 3 weeks after the campaign has ended, (not 2-3 weeks after you place your order.) The campaign is for 20 days only so order asap!