Tips for Growing Pitcher Plants

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This article is an introduction to the sarracenia family of pitcher plants
by Brett · Zone 4A · -30° to -25° F to Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F · Carnivorous Plants · 0 Comments · February 01, 2011 · 7,057 views

Tips for Growing Sarracenia

Sunlight - All Sarracenia species require 6 or more hours of direct sunlight. If you purchased plants from a nursery, and they were displayed in shade, before you put them out in full sun, remember to give them time to adjust.

Water -Remember that they are bog plants so they like the water a few inches below soil level. Water them with rainwater, distilled water, or tap water if this is all you have. That being said, pitcher plants do not like chlorine. Use the water tray method to water your plants.

Soil -You will have more success when growing Sarracenia in containers. Use a premium potting "mix" or a mixture of peat moss and perlite at a 50/50 ratio.

Feeding -Because Sarracenia originate from bogs, which have very little compost, they have adapted to catching bugs as fertilizer. The plants are very voracious, and will consume large quantities of insects so there is no need for you to feed them.

Overwintering -They are temperate perennials so leave them outside for winter dormancy. In zones 5-9 they can grow with minimal protection outside all winter. If temperatures drop below 20F plants may need protection. You can bring them in to an unheated garage or shed during severe cold weather. After it warms back up they can be placed back outdoors.


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