The Sarracenia trial was the order of the day at Matt Soper's Hampshire Carnivorous Plants nursery recently. We have 63 entries of these North American pitcher plants in the trial.
We aim to find out which are easily grown on a sunny windowsill, are attractive throughout the year and have pitchers with interesting colour, patterns and shape.
After their winter rest sat on wet capillary matting, they are all back sitting in water for the growing season. The plants were all given the once-over by Sarracenia Trial Assessment Forum members and any dead parts of pitchers were cut off. As well as keeping them looking neat and tidy, this also helps to prevent disease.
Some of the entries were dormant with no pitchers present whilst others, including Sarracenia × exornata and S. psittacina type 1 provided stunning winter interest.
It will be very interesting to see how the trial plants perform as the year progresses. Although the nursery is not open to the public, the trial can be viewed by appointment; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 023 8047 3314.