The start of a new lettuce season is under way in sunny Florida. After taste testing each variety from last season, we have planted what we found to have the best taste. Pictured below is the Ruby Red, which offers a sweet taste and textured leafs. Excellent in salads.
Below is the Four Season variety. Delicious large leafs are great for adding to hamburgers and sandwiches. When fully grown, leafs have a reddish, purple spots and are slightly textured.
Harvesting takes around 45 days. Purchased from Burpee, seed grown lettuce is a great way to start an eatable garden.
The green ground pitchers of the Cephalotus. Great looking spiked peristome prevent bugs from getting out. These hardly tropical species are also tolerant of cold temperatures. Smaller then other pitcher type carnivores, these species are great for smaller planters.
Purchased from Sarracenia Northwest.
Small fangs have appeared on the small tubby green pitchers. These fangs are built from the last back peristome ribs. Nectar is used to lure ants above the pitcher opening. Ants lose grip and fall victim to drowning in the digestive fluids.
Another plant that almost died on me during this years cold snap. Not tolerant to cold temperatures below 50 degrees. Purchased from Pet Fly Trap, these pitcher thrive in the hot humid shade.
Eight month old seedlings, about an inch across. These might actually be a mix of something else, but wont be able to know until they mature and show more characteristics.
Mother plants were purchased from Cook’s Carnivorous Plants. Great ant catchers and very hardly to hot and cold temperatures. Makes a great centerpiece when arranging a small planter.