The Bog Blog

A blog about growing carnivorous plants.

Friday, January 13, 2006

I'm relaunching the blog

Now that Apple has come out with iWeb, I've been able to put together a blog and website that's a lot closer to what I've been wanting to do with this site. I'm going to stop posting here. I'm calling the new site The Bog. I'll still be talking about CPs, but I'll also address other passions in my life such as politics and scientific discoveries.

I hope you'll drop by the new site and say hi!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A fun thing about growing CPs

If you start to grow enough of them, you start to have other carnivorous plants (CPs) spring up. I've had at least 4 different CPs spring up that I didn't plant. Here's a good shot of one clump of sundews that sprang up on their own. I still haven't identified them yet.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Did a little cleaning up

These VFTs (Venus Fly Traps aka d. muscipula) are well into their dormancy period. This is a good time to clean up all the dead traps and leftover meals. This helps keep mold from becoming a problem and clears the way for new growth. I think some would argue that keeping the dead traps could provide some advantages. It's pretty much a matter of personal preference.

Here they are post cleanup.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Is my Venus Fly Trap dying?

Earlier in the year it looked like this:

Today it looks like this:

This is actually normal! Venus Fly Traps need to have a cold resting period over the winter. All or most of the traps will die. Growth will slow dramatically and the traps usually won't catch insects. By March or April of this year, new traps will begin to form and this will again be a forest of hungry mouths.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Yucca Do 1717

I put this ping (short for pinguicula, aka butterwort) outside last night. Normally I grow it indoors, but we got a warm storm last night and I figured it could use a shower. Looks like it survived with no problems. I'm going to have to see about propagating this plant in the next few months. It's been growing fairly quickly since I got it - it's probably big enough now to steal a leaf or two. :)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Venus Flytraps are blooming

The flowers may be a bit difficult to see, but if you click on the photo you can see that both plants are flowering. Silly, VFT's! I was worried about the transplant, but it seems as if the VFT's are fine. :) FYI - most people clip the flowers from their VFT's since they don't produce much seed and they use a lot of the plants reserves. I'll be clipping these flower stalks in the next day or so.

Here's another shot from a bit farther back. They're still looking straggly, but this spring I expect them to put on a good show.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Going through a bit of a rainy spell

I took this shot last night as the rain was pouring down. So far, the bogs have held up much better than last year when the whole roof garden turned into a mud-spattered mess every time we got a rain storm.

Eye-level view of the newly replanted bog. The sarracenias (pitcher plants) have been heading toward dormancy, so I've been clipping the old pitchers as they die. In another month or two, almost all the pitchers will have died back. Starting in March, new pitchers will begin to grow again. My biggest concern in terms of transplants was the p. primulaflora (the butterwort flowering in the bog, directly above the red tag). At this point, they don't seem to have even noticed the move. New flowers continue to sprout from the original plant. This spring, at least 4 or 5 more plants should begin to flower as well. It will really make a nice display.

Nice shot of drosera adelae getting ready to flower. I haven't had this plant very long, and for a while I thought I'd killed it. Nice to see it doing better - though I think it may be confused as to what season it is.