Here is a photo essay of maintenance I perform on all my plants during winter.
|Sarracenica flava var rugellii before being cleaned up for next spring.|
Our model today is a Sarracenia flava var. rugellii I call the rammeting clone, because it produces new clones of itself, or ramets, by division very readily (see also Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada by Don Schnell). Here we see the plant as it was in early winter 2011.
|Note the dead, woody bases of the past season's leaves.|
Taking a close look at the plant, we can see that the rhizome of this plant is cloaked with the old growth of past seasons. This is a problem, because it tends to harbour pests and keeps nodes from producing new growing points.
|A gentle pull and they are gone!|
|Dead growth removed from the rhizome.|
|A nice and clean rhizome after having old seasons stems plucked off.|
|A festy rhizome! Note the clean area in the middle - this would be more likely to shoot fresh growth than the mossy areas.|
|Pruning off last season's growth - make sure you use a sharp, clean pair of secateurs.|
|Trimmed and ready to grow another year.|
At the end of all this, you will have a happy plant, ready to grow well through another season.