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Carnivorous plant Darlingtonia californica aka Cobra Lilly

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Darlingtonia californica does definitely attracts a lot of attention because of it's snake like appearance. When fully grown, its pitchers can tower 3 feet tall with a bulbous head the size of an adult's fist!

These plants are divisions off of larger plants. They have well established roots and have been growing independently for at least a year.

Pictures represent the two sizes we are selling. Medium shown in 5", small in 3 1/2" pots. Plants are shipped bare-rooted

This plant is finicky and one of the most difficult plants to grow in cultivation. It won’t forgive you if you make any mistakes with its care. The nights must be cool, the soil must drain properly, the water must be cold and mineral free, and the winters must be cold enough for winter dormancy. Everything has to be just right. If you’ve successfully grown Sarracenia and other outdoor carnivorous plants in the past, you will enjoy the challenge that is Darlingtonia. If you’re new to growing carnivorous plants, we suggest gaining some experience with other types like Sarracenia first.

Darlingtonia occurs naturally in zone 8 along the Pacific Northwest where temperatures in winter can sometimes reach as low as 10°F (-12°C) for brief periods of time. In cultivation you should always follow proper winter care when growing this species in zones 8 or colder. See below for more information.

Where to Grow: Darlingtonia grows best outdoors in container as potted plants. They may also be grown in a pond or fountain with flowing water, but keep the crown of the plant above the water line. Because of its specific soil requirements, they can't be planted directly into the ground, unless you have created a specific type of bog garden that has soil low in minerals.


Sunlight: Like Sarracenia they like lots of sun, but in order to avoid overheating the roots our recommendation is provide them with full sun in the morning, and only partial sun or shade to keep your plant from the scorching afternoon heat.

Water: Like all carnivorous plants they need to be watered with a water that has a low mineral count of less than a hundred parts per million. Rain, distilled and RO filtered water are what most people use. You can buy a ppm water tester online for about $20 to test you homes water. There are many place where city/well water is perfectly useable.
Darlingtonia need their roots kept cool, so make sure your hose has not be warmed by the sun. Naturally they live in mountain seeps where the water bubbles to the surface at 40-55 °F. It can be over a 100 °F out, but if their roots are 65 °F or lower they will be quite happy. Warm roots can kill them rapidly.

Dormancy:  All Darlingtonia require a winter dormancy starting in late Fall and ending in Spring. Many of the pitchers will turn brown and die back during this time. They will be fine outdoors in full sun, unless you live in an area where it snows. The seeps they live in naturally don't normally freeze solid, but a in a pot it is easy to freeze your plant. They can be over wintered in a greenhouse, or room with a sunny window that doesn't get higher than 65°F.


Planting mix: The best is three parts New Zealand long-fibered sphagnum moss to one part pumice, perlite or lava rock. Another good mix is two parts pumice, perlite or lava rock to one part peat moss. 

Fertilizing/Feeding: Like Sarracenia grown outdoors, they will catch all of their own food. We do like MaxSea fertilizer for carnivorous plants. Use only half as much fertilizer to water as on the directions, apply once per month, to the pitchers of the plant, do not pour through the soil.
Darlingtonia californica does definitely attracts a lot of attention because of it's snake like appearance. When fully grown, its pitchers can tower 3 feet tall with a bulbous head the size of an adult's fist!

These plants are divisions off of larger plants. They have well established roots and have been growing independently for at least a year.

Pictures represent the two sizes we are selling. Medium shown in 5", small in 3 1/2" pots. Plants are shipped bare-rooted

This plant is finicky and one of the most difficult plants to grow in cultivation. It won’t forgive you if you make any mistakes with its care. The nights must be cool, the soil must drain properly, the water must be cold and mineral free, and the winters must be cold enough for winter dormancy. Everything has to be just right. If you’ve successfully grown Sarracenia and other outdoor carnivorous plants in the past, you will enjoy the challenge that is Darlingtonia. If you’re new to growing carnivorous plants, we suggest gaining some experience with other types like Sarracenia first.

Darlingtonia occurs naturally in zone 8 along the Pacific Northwest where temperatures in winter can sometimes reach as low as 10°F (-12°C) for brief periods of time. In cultivation you should always follow proper winter care when growing this species in zones 8 or colder. See below for more information.

Where to Grow: Darlingtonia grows best outdoors in container as potted plants. They may also be grown in a pond or fountain with flowing water, but keep the crown of the plant above the water line. Because of its specific soil requirements, they can't be planted directly into the ground, unless you have created a specific type of bog garden that has soil low in minerals.


Sunlight: Like Sarracenia they like lots of sun, but in order to avoid overheating the roots our recommendation is provide them with full sun in the morning, and only partial sun or shade to keep your plant from the scorching afternoon heat.

Water: Like all carnivorous plants they need to be watered with a water that has a low mineral count of less than a hundred parts per million. Rain, distilled and RO filtered water are what most people use. You can buy a ppm water tester online for about $20 to test you homes water. There are many place where city/well water is perfectly useable.
Darlingtonia need their roots kept cool, so make sure your hose has not be warmed by the sun. Naturally they live in mountain seeps where the water bubbles to the surface at 40-55 °F. It can be over a 100 °F out, but if their roots are 65 °F or lower they will be quite happy. Warm roots can kill them rapidly.

Dormancy:  All Darlingtonia require a winter dormancy starting in late Fall and ending in Spring. Many of the pitchers will turn brown and die back during this time. They will be fine outdoors in full sun, unless you live in an area where it snows. The seeps they live in naturally don't normally freeze solid, but a in a pot it is easy to freeze your plant. They can be over wintered in a greenhouse, or room with a sunny window that doesn't get higher than 65°F.


Planting mix: The best is three parts New Zealand long-fibered sphagnum moss to one part pumice, perlite or lava rock. Another good mix is two parts pumice, perlite or lava rock to one part peat moss. 

Fertilizing/Feeding: Like Sarracenia grown outdoors, they will catch all of their own food. We do like MaxSea fertilizer for carnivorous plants. Use only half as much fertilizer to water as on the directions, apply once per month, to the pitchers of the plant, do not pour through the soil.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(74)
Reviewed by Davis Redmond
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 20, 2017
Shipped quickly, packaged well, and doing great! It even had a runner!
Carnivorous plant Darlingtonia californica aka Cobra Lilly

Reviewed by prickly333
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 23, 2018
Great items. Excellent. Fast. Great service.
Carnivorous plant Sarracenia Alata from Stone Co. MS bare root dorment rhizome

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If we make a mistake on your order, we will resend the order. We will do everything in our ability to ensure live arrival, and reduce the shock plants go through. If you think the plants are dead on arrival, you must send us pictures with in 24 hours of their delivery, and we will consider giving you a refund, or sending replacement plants. Plants aren't covered by USPS insurance, because they are perishable, so if they leave your package on the front porch in the sun, it's not their fault if the plants cooks in their box.

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IMPORTANT SHIPPING INFO:

This is not our main source of income and we do it around our other obligations. We try to ship Monday through Wednesday, but sometimes we have to skip a week. Packages are usually delivered by USPS in 2-3 days.

If you need an order delivered by a certain date please message us before you make a purchase.

We will hold a order longer if the weather looks too cold or hot either in transit or at your location. You will be notified if we do hold an order for weather reasons.

We will issue a refund if we over charge you $1.00 or more on shipping. We give large shipping discounts on larger orders, we can fit a lot of bare-rooted plants in flat-rate boxes. Example: Dormant Sarracenia, Small Flat-rate 5 plants, Medium 25 plants, Large 40+.

Meet the owner of MRPlantOdditys

Mark Montgomery

Carnivorous plant Darlingtonia californica aka Cobra Lilly

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