South Carolina Mini-Bogs


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South Carolina Mini-Bogs

  • Mike Creel, Lexington, South Carolina mikeacreel@yahoo.com


Credits and Biography



Plan Your Mini-Bog

  • Study books, articles, websites

  • Find a suitable container & sunny site

  • Find media - pine mini-nuggets, coarse sand

  • Find sources of bog plant species

  • Avoid invasive plants, like cattails and horsetail

  • Check nurseries for carnivorous plants, etc.

  • Get container, media & plants before planting



It started with a Bird Bath January 27, 2006



Mini-Bog Begins April 4, 2007



Mini-Bog’s First Two flowers May 15, 2007



Minibog shining June 28,2007



Mini-Bog Growing Stronger August 13, 2007



Sarracenia Minor October 1, 2007



Mini-Bog Joins a Community October 3, 2007



Mini-bog Spiranthes Show October 27, 2007



Stokesia Mary Gregory Debuts June 7, 2009



Hymenocallis Show July 5, 2008



First Autumn Sept. 19, 2008



Mini-Bog Year 3 Bog Buttons May 27, 2009



Another Autumn Show September 25, 2009



Slowing down for Winter October 6, 2009



Planting Your Mini-Bog

  • In full sun for best growth or forested edge

  • Container 3 - 5 " deep filled to brim, drain plugged

  • Mix 3 to 4 parts of pine bark pieces (2.5” or less) with one part of coarse, washed sand

  • Wet mini-bog thoroughly, let settle several days

  • Place plants shallow, near the surface, water in

  • A community of pitcherplant, sundews, butterworts, bog buttons and small orchids is attractive

  • Use long fiber sphagnum (wetted) for ground cover

  • Shade Mudflower (Micranthemum umbrosum) is also a good ground cover

  • Plant well before frost so plants adjust outdoors



Choosing a Container



Choosing and Mixing Media



Pine Bark Mini-nuggets VARY



Plant Selection for Mini-bogs

  • Avoid woody, invasive or large-growing ones

  • Choose ones that clump, expand slowly, stay low

  • For most pitcherplants one is enough

  • Buy plants from reputable sources

  • Don’t poach from wild bogs and wetlands

  • Gather seeds or small plants with permission

  • Share the offspring of your bog, don’t hoard

  • Learn all you can and teach others

  • Plant only those hardy for your growing zone

  • Learn to effectively propagate



Most Pitcherplants are hardy here

  • Sarracenia minor

  • Dwarf Pitcherplant



A meat-eater with no close relatives

  • Venus Flytrap

  • Dionaea miscipula



A bug catcher with super glue

  • Midleaf Sundew

  • Drosera intermedia



Try Stokes Asters for multi-color array

  • Stokesia laevis



Marsh Pinks clump and seed

  • Sabbatia species



Nurseries need Sun Bonnets

  • Chaptalia tomentosa



Barbara’s Buttons - Marshallia



Orange Milkwort, Threadleaf Sundew



Rose Pogonia Orchid



Grass Pink Orchid – Calapogon



Savannah Sneezeweed- Helenium vernale



Pipewort forms clumps



Spiderlily - Hymenocallis



Cardinal Flower



Macbridea caroliniana



Smooth Meadow Beauty



South Carolina’s Wild Bogs

  • Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge in Chesterfield County has beautiful bog areas e.g. Oxpen Meadow

  • Shealey Pond Heritage Preserve in Lexington County harbors three pitcherplants species and more

  • Lynchburg Savannah in Lee County has wetlands with dwarf pitcherplants and many bog species

  • State heritage preserves from mountains to sea are described in the South Carolina Nature Viewing Guide

  • Many protected state, federal and other areas across SC are open to visitors for observation

  • Such places are great for education and photography



Shealey’s Pond Heritage Preserve



Sarracenia purpurea at Shealey Pond



Lynchburg Savannah Preserve



Sandhills National Wildlife Reserve



Sarracenia flava at Sandhills NWR



South Carolina’s Nature Viewing Guide



Other Folks Container Bogs



Backyard of Steffan Ploszak near Charlotte



Mini-Bogs at my son’s Patio Home



Ellen Blundy’s First Mini-Bog



My sister-in-law’s fountain garden



A shallow birdbath pitcherplant bog



My smaller mini-bogs



Keeping Up Container Bogs

  • You are now gardening on a NEW planet

  • Typical EARTH gardening is not allowed

  • Potting soils, fertilizers, chemicals not allowed

  • The planting media and container are priority

  • Once weekly clean water or rain is needed

  • Overly-chlorinated water can be harmful

  • Regularly rout out weedy plants

  • Learn to recognize good seedlings, runners

  • Divide & share over-crowded plants

  • Study native bogs, read and think



Bog upkeep, weeding, propagation

  • Add clean water once a week if no rain

  • Learn to recognize weeds & rout them out

  • Learn to recognize babies, seedlings, runners

  • Divide plants grown too large, share them

  • Let desirable plants drop seed

  • Collect good seeds too & share them

  • Do not introduce pests like violets, irises

  • Let biennials like Orange Milkwort drop seeds

  • Observe and photograph regularly

  • Invite and guide visitors to your bog



Butterwort and Babies



A closer view of Butterwort baby



Seed pod of Rose Pogonia Orchid



Spiranthes cernua flower & seeds



Living Sphagnum Moss



Shade Mudflower – Micranthemum umbrosum



Mudflower and Sphagnum



Bog Critters Will Find It!

  • Bogs large and small attract a variety of wildlife

  • Flying insects like dragonflies are most obvious in the air and perched seeking prey and mates

  • Amphibians like frogs, toads and salamanders come to eat and reproduce

  • All sorts of critters breed and reproduce there

  • Birds visit to collect bugs and nest materials



Dragonflies abound



Dragonfly takes risky perch



Bumblebee rests on Stokes Aster



Cricket Frog uses camouflage



Our Large In-Ground Bog



Poor Ground behind Pond



Crowded Pond Prior to Bog



Guardian Crane Seems Crowded



Site Readied for New Bog



Flagstones anchor rubber liner



Now to add Media and Water



Pond and Bog A Perfect Fit



Walk borders Bog and Pond



Guardian Crane has room now



Growth shows in bog residents



Low view of Pond and Bog



Rain brings temporary flood



Floating Plant Buoys

  • Buy Great Stuff for large cracks spray insulation

  • Drill extra 3/4 inch holes in rimmed rigid plastic pot

  • Turn pot upside-down on wax paper on a flat, level surface

  • Spray a ring of foam below pot rim building a collar couple of inches (or more) deep and wide

  • Do several pots at one time to use up all foam in the can. It is difficult to get the spray to work the second time. .

  • Wear safety glasses, use gloves and wear old clothes, because the foam is very sticky

  • Let foam dry overnight on the paper. Once dry it can be shaped to a more uniform size (underside mostly) if needed. Foam cures to a golden color in the sun.



Buoys for floating Mini-Bogs



Plant Buoys in the Garden Pond



A Visit to the Nursery for bog plants

  • Some nurseries carry bog & carnivorous plants.

  • Most can order such plants at buyer request

  • Pitcherplants (Sarracenias) are the most popular

  • Some plants offered have pest potential

  • Some plants offered are greenhouse only, not hardy

  • Buy smaller plants to save money

  • Buy pots containing multiple plants, divide later

  • Look for new cultivars of species & hybrids

  • Ask if plants are already outdoor conditioned or if they came directly from a greenhouse



Pitcherplants at Woodley’s Nursery



Judith Hindle Sarracenia Hybrid



Sarracenia purpurea montana



Venus Flytraps at Woodley’s



Tropical Sundew - greenhouse only



Nepenthes is greenhouse only



Carnivores at Woodley’s Nursey



Flytrap catches bug



Now Let’s Build a Mini-bog!



Powerpoint Remarks



A CreelWay Domepot for Cuttings



Planting Container Bog – plants ready



Planting a Container Bog The Crowd Gets an Education



Now the Venus Flytrap & Butterwort



Final Touch – Adding Live Sphagnum



PLANTS FOR CONTAINER BOGS



Species for Container Bogs In South Carolina



Container Bog Calendar



GOOD READING & ORGANIZATIONS



Nursery Sources available to South Carolina



PLANTING A CONTAINER BOG



UPKEEP OF CONTAINER BOGS




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