Here are some wonderful colors of the plants that I am in the process of rescuing. By tomorrow I will have 600 plants for Rehder garden and the 2014 school programs. I will be placing another 1000 seeds into germination later today and that will be the extent of the Venus Flytraps. Then it is on to the cultivation of Sarracenia and Sundews. I hope to take some cutting this weekend of sundews but we will see. as they are in quarantine being treated for aphids. I mean you would think the sundews would just eat them !
Archive for July, 2013
When I started this I set myself the goal of replacing the 1000 flytraps stolen from the Rehder Garden by April 2014. Here it is almost August and I have now over 800 flytraps and 100 other carnivorous plants and about 1500 VFT seedlings that are coming up. I have not yet started cloning as this will be a winter activity then I will be creating plants for 2014-2015. Carnivorous plants grow slowly, so it is best to plan ahead. Come Monday our Geology class is about to have finals. Many of the students have been in both of Dr. Garwood’s classes this summer one of our best classes yet as we had many returning Vets in the classes. They have helped with the garden, so each student will receive a plant to say thanks. In less than three weeks fall classes start at CFCC and here we go again!
This morning we had a great class at the Rehder Carnivorous Garden. CFCC students were studying the evolution of plants and it was a great chance for them to learn about some very important plant groups and of course the Carnivorous plants. It is always a great time seeing students who have never been exposed to the plant kingdoms before realize how unique and interesting they are. Science becomes fun and it is great to see them get excited.
I received a call about a landowner wanting to remove flytraps on a small island in the middle of a farm pond. Since the habitat was going to be lost, I went ahead and removed the plants. I was able to save about 150 flytraps and some sundews. All of the plants will once they have recovered , be transplanted to Rehder Garden. I will return over the weekend to continue to remove the other traps and Sundews and pot them as well
I also received a call from a grower in California and they will be donating 10,000 seeds for the projects. So it looks quickly that the plants stolen this spring will be replaced. Much of the replanting will happen in the spring, so we are looking at a busy fall and winter to get ready for that.
I recently put out into the carnivorous plant world online my need for some small Sarracenia starts. Tony C. came through with an amazing donation of 50 seedlings. I have potted them and put them into the grow room to begin to harden off and ready for the greenhouse. Once school starts these plant will be placed in elementary classrooms to grow and then planted in the Rehder Garden by the children.
Thank you Tony for your donation. The kids are going to love them!
Things are doing well in the greenhouse. After all this rain and high humidity the Flytraps are now loving the heat and really putting on some fast growth. These plant we placed in soil about 6 weeks ago and are doing very well. Right now out of some 500 plants that have moved through the various projects we are working on we have lost only about a dozen young plants. I am not sure that is because of the heartiness of the stock we are raising or just dumb luck. What ever the reasons, we are looking good for replanting of the garden and great plants for our school programs.
The NC Botanical Garden has given a very generous donation of plants to the Rehder Garden. Special thanks goes to Chris Liloia, Habitat Gardens Curator. She selected the following:
4 S. leucophylla
2 S. minor
2 S. minor var. okefenokeensis (may be cv okee giant)
1 S. purpurea
1 S. rubra var. rubra with provenance-grown from seed collected at sandhills gamelands
1 S. flava x S. leucophylla that’s very tall with dark orangey flowers
There’s at least one flytrap tagging along in one of the pots and a bunch of Pogonia ophioglossoides, Calopogon tuberosus, Spiranthes cernuua, and Scutellaria integrifolia.
Jacobo of the Carolina Carnivorous Plant Society took the time and effort to arrange the donation and to drive the donation all the way to Wilmington. These plants will now be repotted in preparation for planting in the garden later this month. Thank you Jacobo I hope you made it out of the Croatan National Forest or you discovered the lost colony of Jamestown. Either way post some photos!
The Venus flytraps seeds are germinating! Over the weekend I counted well over 200 new VFT plantlets. Another 1000 VFT seeds went into the hothouse/plant room this weekend to start gemination.
My neighbors and friends D. & A. Powell generously donated funds to help purchase some baby “typical” Flytraps from Flytrapstore.com. These traps have gone into the soil and will be added to the plants we are hardening off in the greenhouse. If you too would like to donate some baby flytraps, please contact Leah at the flytrap store and she knows what we are looking for. The store is very generous in providing baby plants for $1.00 each allowing us to replace the lost plants very reasonably.
Here are some more photos of my ever expanding operation. The greenhouse is filling up nicely with flytraps and other CP’s. Inside, the plant room is filling with seeds germinating and fresh from the TC, new plantlets all in high humidity and T-5 lighting. Tomorrow, I will plant four different varieties of Sundews, D. tokaiensis, D. glanduligera, D. capensis (albino) and D.capensis (narrow leaf.) 400 seeds in all! I have two more varieties that are in cold stratification for a few weeks as well. This will put the plant count at 300 with 1000 seeds planted. I have about 20 different VFT cultivares in my collection. Plus there are a few pots pans of moss growing very nice stuff for use with the plants. Next major change will be the addition of a second rain barrel to keep everything watered, some solar lights… and more plants of course!
The more time I spend in the garden the more residents I seem to see. This morning I was greeted again by the falcon-in-residence. beautiful bird that seems to like to perch above the path. I will try to get a better photo of it.
Native to The Carolina Beach area the Spiny Orb Weaver is a very small but colorful crab-like spider.
The famous spider from Charlotte’s Web is a barn orb-weaver spider, Araneus cavaticus. Orb weaving spiders produce the familiar flat, ornate, circular webs usually associated with spiders. Orbweavers come in many shapes and sizes, but the brightly colored garden orbweavers, Argiope spp., are the largest and best known.
Orbweavers are generally harmless and can be a nuisance when they build large webs in places inconvenient for humans. Despite their formidable appearance, orb weaver spiders are not considered dangerous.One of the bright-hued spiders is the spiny orb weaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis. Although not as large as some of the other orb weavers, its combined color, shape, and distinctive web makes G. cancriformis a very recognizable spider. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu.
One of the special residents of the Garden is the Sarracenia x rehderi. Developed by Stanley Rehder it is unique to our garden. Currently growing only in the Rehder garden’s naturalized setting, it is the only location to view this wonderful plant outdoors in North Carolina.
Here are some photos of a donation made by T. Jason. She read about the poaching at the Rehder Garden and ordered a Crimson Sawtooth from www.flytrapstore.com for the garden. Leah from store added a few extra plants to help us out, they really are very healthy plants! The fly traps are shipped bare root and are placed into the growing medium. The photos are of how they arrive and how they end up potted. They will be acclimatized in the greenhouse for a couple of months and then planted in the garden. They will be one of the first plants that will be placed in the garden and given plant identification signs with a QR code, so folks can learn more about them.
Thank you all again for this wonderful donation.