Sarracenia "Pitcher Plants" are a fascinating genus of carnivorous plant which includes 15 species and subspecies native to North America. Most species inhabit wet, peaty bogs or swamps in southeastern United States. S. purpurea being the only anomaly inhabiting the cold-temperate regions in the northeastern US and southern Canada. This genus is considered endangered.
Watering: Keep wet at all times by maintaining a saucer with about 1" of water for your plant to sit in. Distilled, RO, or rainwater is ideal - it is not recommended to give your sarracenia tap water.
Light Requirements: Requires bright light. Enjoys 12-16 hours of sunlight each day and would benefit from being outdoors in summer months.
Humidity Needs: Around 50%
Soil Preference: Thrives in acidic soil. 60% peat and 40% sand is ideal. Perlite can replace sand at 15%.
Fertilizing: Via insect consumption only. Do not use liquid fertilizers for your sarracenia as this will burn and kill your plant. Ground up bloodworms or beta food can be used to supplement if you're concerned your plant isn't getting enough nutrition.
Repotting: Every 2-3 years to ensure soil quality.
Pet Safe: Yes
Dormancy: Allow your sarracenia to enter dormancy by placing it in the cool or chilly place with no sun when fall turns to winter with shortened days. Place back in ideal light when days begin to lengthen in the spring.
Common Issues: Perceived issues include browning leaves as the plant enters dormancy, this is completely normal. Allowing your sarracenia to dry out too much too often will eventually kill your plant, so be sure to maintain bog-like conditions.
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