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#1 mattynatureboy44

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 21:34 PM

The bog garden is looking is very green nothing has coloured up like it could or should, some of the plants in there are susposed to be red, have red veining or red blotches or coloured lids, the same plants grown in the greenhouse show this colour. The thing is it gets nearly full sun all day the same amount as one of my greenhouses and considerably more sun than my other greenhouse where things still colour up nicely in there, I wander why and what causes this? it cannot be lack of light, could it be that there are too many nutrients in the bog and they could cause this.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 22:01 PM

could be that there are alot of nutrients. I have heard that Dionaea given fertilizer by nurseries to speed up the time to market grow fast but dont develop colour. Perhaps colour develops as the leaf develops and not so much when the cells have reached maturity and differentiated. So if the leaf develops fast then no time for pigments to acumulate. This may be a load of *&@# as Im not aware of any research on this.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 08:37 AM

When have you planted the bog?
when you repot you plants it can take up to 1,5 year before they devellop full color.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 12:22 PM

Hi Matty

I agree with Zeeland, from previous threads it would seem that these have been planted out this year, so some sulking may well be the answer, especially as it gets as much sun as your greenhouses. Were these divisions off your own plants? or pot grown or bare rooted purchases?


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Posted 04 September 2011 - 10:26 AM

I have the same problem with a few plants in my bog as well... For example, s. purpurea which should be purplish red, and I even bought it that way, fully changed its color into green... most other sarracenias do get color, especially during summer months, but purpureas remain green... dont know exactly why...

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 20:37 PM

High temperature help them colour up. Too many cool days ie. the British climate, can prevent them from colouring up.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 20:53 PM

Not as colourful as the greenhouse and still very green, but they did improve slightly over the coarse of the summer.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 21:37 PM

It could be a question of heat? Phil Green mentioned something to me some months ago in Chester about his way of thinking that colour could well be linked with the extra heat a greenhouse provides.