This text is a complete guide for gardeners to the North American pitcher plants - some of the most spectacular looking of all carnivorous plants. The book covers the plants' natural history; describes the 13 species and subspecies of Sarracenia; advises on soil requirements and how to construct a "bog garden"; and considers such issues as propagation from seed and by division, hand pollination, hybridization and commercial cultivation as well as floristry with cut pitchers. The guide is designed to appeal to gardeners, collectors, and commercial growers.
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Native to the swamplands of the southeastern United States, the North American pitcher plants (Sarracenia) are among the world's most spectacular carnivorous plants, and also the easiest to grow in temperate climates. Although they have long been confused with unrelated tropical Nepenthes pitchers, gardeners are learning that many of these hardy plants will thrive in the open year-round, from parts of southern Canada to the cooler subtropics. Sarracenia grow best in the open garden and usually show their most vivid colors in full sun.
Gardening with Carnivores is the first complete guide to these ornamental plants, from natural history to hybridization, and from creating a bog garden to using the pitchers as long-lasting cut "flowers." The book combines both practical and academic information to provide new insights into the biology and evolution of this dynamically changing group. Nearly 80 photographs capture the photogenic nature of this plant group, and all species and many hybrids are showcased in their richest colors.
In the wild, most stands of these species have disappeared, mostly through drainage of wetlands but also through poaching and cutting for the florist trade. To ease some of the many pressures on the wild populations, commercial growers--from collectors and florists to aquaculturists--are considering raising many species and hybrids for cut pitchers. The final chapter describes how to produce these exotic-looking yet readily raised pitchers for sale.About the Author:
Nick Romanowski is the author of a number of other successful UNSW Press titles including Planting Wetlands and Dams (1998), Aquatic and Wetland Plants, A Field Guide for Non-tropical Australia (1998), and Water Garden Plants and Animals: The Complete Guide for all Australia (2000). Nick is a biologist and a commercial grower of aquatic and water's edge plants, whose nursery, 'Dragonfly Aquatics' near Colac, Victoria contains one of the world's most diverse collections of wetland plants.
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Descrizione libro Univ of New South Wales, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 2002. Soft Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. First Edition. 106 pages, ex-library cancelled still a very good copy. Ex-Library. Codice libro della libreria 104954