Purpurea Sarracenia Pitcher Plants - Carnivorous Plants - Bug Catching plants - Bog Plants
Growing Sarracenia Pitcher Plants as an indoor plant.
NOTE: We strongly recommend removing the protective terrarium dome. This dome protects the pitcher plant during shipment. However the plant is unable to attract bugs to eat with the terrarium covering it. There is a chance that some of the traps could turn brown within a week of removing the dome. This is simply the plant re-adjusting to lower humidity levels. This is nothing to be concerned about so long as the care instruction are followed. The pitcher will regrow any lost traps during the growing season.
Pitcher Plants do very well as indoor plants for 1-2 year in an eastern, southern, or western exposed window.
-Keep a lid or saucer (terrarium part can be used) with filtered, rain, or distilled water coming up no further than 2" up the pot. Allow the plant to soak up all of the water before refilling. The watering process should be done 2-3 times weekly for indoor Pitcher Plants.
-Remember, after 1-1.5 years of being grown indoors. Your Pitcher Plant will require cold dormancy to allow it to continue to survive.
This is easily achieved by placing the plant outdoors preferably in a larger pot as detailed in the, "Growing Pitcher Plant as perennial/sustainable plants” section. If temperatures are warm, make sure to first introduce your plant to outside mostly shade with only a little morning sun. This will allow the flytrap to adjust to outdoor light without getting burned foliage. Make sure the plant receives shade/a little morning sun for about two-three weeks before moving into stronger sunlight.
Growing Sarracenia Pitcher Plants as a Sustainable/Perennial plant.
Pitcher Plants are actually surprisingly cold hardy and can take temperatures to at least -10F, and some are cold hardy to -30F! They are native plants in the Eastern US starting in Florida with some species going well into Canada!
-The easiest way to simulate bog conditions is to plant them in sphagnum moss. Another option is peat moss with perlite mixed, and topped with sphagnum moss.
-Only plastic pots and ceramic pots that have a totally glazed inside should be used due to unnecessary nutrients as well as chemical making their way into the soil that could cause harm to your Pitcher Plants.
-Do not put drainage material around the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot.
-Place a catch tray or saucer under the pot for the warmer months to allow your Pitcher Plant to thrive! Remove saucer in the fall once the wet season begins, and repeat the same process when new growth begins to emerge in the spring.
-Keep Plant in full sun/part shade. Pitcher Plants are tolerant of shade, but will not develop their beautiful colors on their traps as they are known to do if they are in sun.
-Only ever water Pitcher Plants with filtered, distilled, or rain water. Unfiltered tap water will eventually KILL your Pitcher Plant due to the impurities found in it. Pitcher Plants are VERY sensitive to these impurities.
-Do not be discouraged by any wintertime dieback that you may encounter on your plant. Pitcher Plants are semi evergreen plants through the winter months. It is not uncommon for plants to die all the way back in colder climates, but then push out new growth in the spring. The die back does not hurt the plant, and is part of its natural process.
If you live in a cold area with temps below freezing, please purchase a heat pack along with your plant. 72 hour packs should be used for 2 day shipping and 96 hour packs for 3 day + shipping. If you are unsure which heat pack is needed please message us with your zip code.
We do our best to check weather forecasts before shipping to ensure your plants are in transit on the best days however weather and shipping delays are unfortunately out of our control. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR COLD DAMAGE IF A HEAT PACK IS NOT PURCHASED WITH YOUR ORDER.
LINK TO OUR HEAT PACKS:
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