Sarracenia 'Colin Clayton' AGM is a hybrid of:
Sarracenia (leucophylla x (leucophylla x (flava var. maxima x purpurea)))
Sarracenia 'Colin Clayton' was officially named in 2016 from what was commonly known as Sarracenia 'Daniel Rudd'. However this version of 'Daniel Rudd' was not the true 'Daniel Rudd'
We were asked to name this Sarracenia in 2016, by Roy Cheek, who sent in a plant to the R.H.S. in Britain for trialing. The original plant came from Triffid Park, so he thought it only fair that we name it. Below is our submission to Roy Cheek, Chair of R.H.S Sarracenia Judging Forum.
I would like to propose the name of “Colin Clayton” for the so called Daniel Rudd imposter.
Colin was one of the 3 founders of the Victorian Carnivorous Plant Society of Australia just over 30 years ago along with Gordon Cheers and Jenny Bloomfield, and has continued to support the society right throughout their 30 years.
Colin was also one of the first commercial growers of carnivorous plants in Australia starting in around 1983 growing, propagating and selling them wholesale and retail.
Colin’s export business of carnivorous plants saw his plants imported into many countries around the world including America, Japan, South Africa, Taiwan and England just to name a few. This gave many collectors, hobbyists and commercial growers around the world the chance to obtain many carnivorous plants that weren’t available anywhere else in the world.
Colin has travelled the world studying carnivorous plants and has written over 16 books on the subject which have been self funded and self published.
Colin is a very well known carnivorous plant grower worldwide, has attended at least 6 International Carnivorous Plant Society Conferences around the world, and has had the honour of many international growers making our nurseries a must do visit while in Australia.
At the age of 74, it would be an honour to name this plant after Colin, to thank him, and award him for his tireless effort of well over 30 years of carnivorous plant research, knowledge, growth and inspiration to others.
The plant was offically named Sarracenia 'Colin Clayton' and was awarded the "Award of Garden Merit". You can read all about it here: https://apps.rhs.org.uk/planttrials/TrialReports/Sarracenia%202013-2015.pdf
Sarracenia 'Colin Clayton' AGM $20
At Triffid Park we repot in a mixture of 75% Sphagnum Peat Moss and 25% perlite. Wet this mix thoroughly through first before potting your plant into it so that the Sphagnum fibres can absorb the water. The best time to re-pot is in the early spring when the plants are just starting to grow, however we do repot all year round on cooler days. Use a pot to suit the size of the plant, giving it enough room to grow for the following year, but not too big that it dwarfs the plant.
WATERING: Do not ever let your Sarracenia dry out. During Spring, Summer and Autumn sit it in a saucer of water, changing the water frequently to avoid salt build up. The water should cover the drainage holes of the pot. If your water is good enough to drink straight from the tap, then this is alright to use on your plant. If not you should use either rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water. In winter do not let the plant dry out but don’t leave it sitting in water all the time.
FERTILIZING: Do not fertilize with flies or insects. The plant needs the thrill of the catch, to stimulate it, to release its digestive juices to break down the insect. We feed with a mixture of Seasol and Powerfeed (Powerfeed is made by the same company as Seasol). To one litre of water, we use 3 ml of Seasol and 3 ml of Powerfeed. DO NOT use any other fertilisers. We use this mix every 6-8 weeks from Spring to Autumn either watered onto the growing medium, or poured into the water tray beneath the pot.
LIGHT: Sarracenia's require a high level of light. A window sill inside the house that gets morning sun in summer and afternoon sun in winter is an excellent position. Otherwise you can grow them in a terrarium, greenhouse, glasshouse or porch and some growers grow them outside in the full weather.
HUMIDITY: Sarracenia’s like a reasonable amount of humidity. A terrarium or glasshouse will provide this. But a warm sunny window sill will give you enough heat for the plant to survive. For Sarracenias, heat doesn't seem to be a problem. Our growing houses reach 50 degrees celcius in summer. We don't put any cover over the plastic house, as the more light you can give the Sarracenias, the better they are. But they must never dry out, make sure they are always sitting in water in these high temperatures. Be very wary of high fertiliser concentrations when the temperatures get up this high.
DORMANCY: During winter your Sarracenia will go into their dormancy period. They will stop growing and all the traps will die off. This is a natural occurrence and the plant must go through this period in order to stay alive and gain strength to grow their spring traps and flowers. Cut off all leaves/pitchers at the base of the plant mid winter whether they still look good or not to allow the plant to have a rest. In spring the plants will send up their new leaves/pitchers. For tropical countries where you don't get a cold winter, see our "Dormancy" information for forcing dormancy on our "Growing Carnivorous Plants" page.
FLOWERING: Sarracenia's will flower in early spring, if the plant is of flowering size. They put up their flowers first so that naturally in the wild, the insects will pollinate them. They they put up their traps to catch and eat the insects.