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This year I recieved three plants ( S. Hank, S. Ladies in Waiting, and S. Leucophylla x Minor) that were purchased from you and are in 4 inch pots.  They have doubled if not tripled in size over the summer ( to the point where they are top heavy and actually topple over if given the chance) and are now very crowded in their pots.  I plan to repot next spring but what I was wondering is should I go ahead and try to devided them at that time or should I just put them in the six inch pots as is and maybe devide them next year?  I was surprised at how much they grew compared to the other sarracenia that I have.

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Hi Patricia,

Those are all varieties that are quite vigorous.  Late fall the is worst time to divide, so I would wait until late winter or early spring to do that.  When you decide to divide is a personal judgement call.  If you're looking to increase the flock, and you have multiple crowns, you can easily divide.  If you want bigger spectacular plants, then move them to larger pots.

Of the plants you mentioned, divide the Ladies in Waiting sooner rather than later.  This one can get weedy and prone to crown rot if it gets real large.  I would say if it's starting to fill a 5 or 6 inch pot, it's probably time.  The other two can go awhile.  Both can get spectacularly large.  Many clones of S. leucophylla x S. minor (S. x excellens) can produce jaw-dropping late season foliage.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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