I've seen the question posed a few times regarding sowing Darlingtonia on live sphagnum. Well I didn't actually sow the seed in it but I did prick out very young plants and drop them on the sphagnum. Not that much different to sowing the seed.They're coping well.
Two of the small baskets I'm using in with the solar water pumps developed a problem in the Sphagnum, which was slowly spreading. I have had to remove this, hopefully I've caught the extremities of the outbreak. However, I did remove all the Darlingtonia seedlings from these. Here's a sample
All of these seedlings were out of sight and overgrown in the Sphagnum but appear to be quite happy. Slightly etiolated perhaps but they look quite healthy. I have no doubt they would have continued to prosper if the Sphagnum had. I suppose I'll have to replant these in peat as they may have the remnants of whatever upset the moss. There are plenty more little Spagnum baskets with seedlings in
As a footnote to this. The problem I had with the Sphagnum in these trays emanated from a central spot and slowly moved outwards. The Sphagnum turned a greyish/beigy green and was very slimey to touch. I removed the seedlings from the main infected trays and disposed of the sphagnum. not really delving into the infected moss. However later on a tray that had been up against these two trays and had the same problem on one edge I carefully teased the sphagnum out to find a mass of small slug/snail eggs. No adults just eggs. Needless to say the birds had a feed. These were not eggs from the larger slugs I've had around for years, the Limax and latterly Arion. I'm sure I can control the problem by physically removing eggs etc. The rest of the trays are not under threat. The thing I don't want to do is resort to spraying with Nematodes as they would be indescriminate, the same applies to pellets.
I think the periodical photos on this has now reached it's end point. I believe the question is now answered. Darlingtonia seedlings compete very well indeed when growing in live sphagnum. It may initially look like the sphagnum is growing far too fast but the Darlingtonia don't seem to mind the initial slow start.
I'll re-post the photos in date order and include the final one.
dvg: Nuances are lost on the uninitiated...
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Sept 15, 2021 15:33:54 GMT
dvg: It's a lot to take in
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dvg: It's truly saddening to me that we've made headlines due to an inept and unaccountable provincial government, paralyzed by politics...
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fredg: The ones that could see me emigrated. The house is still empty for some reason
Sept 18, 2021 19:06:46 GMT
stevebooth: I trust the ceremony was more successful where you are, out of the 30-40mm of rain the infallible Beeb promised, with possible dangerous levels of flood wate, I’ve had 3mm. A decent amount for a woodlice bath, but not enough to water much.
Sept 19, 2021 9:02:50 GMT
fredg: It's looking promising Steve
Sept 19, 2021 9:54:23 GMT
fredg: What we really need is an all-nighter though
Sept 19, 2021 9:55:16 GMT
stevebooth: Too true the bogs are at the lowest level for the entire year, I don’t really want to get the RO out.
Sept 19, 2021 10:26:04 GMT
stevebooth: The suns out here now and blue skies on the horizon
Sept 19, 2021 10:26:46 GMT