How to Transplant a Pitcher Plant


The pitcher plant is carnivorous, trapping and drowning its prey in its liquid-filled pitcher. The pitcher plant generally dines on insects, but small rodents will sometimes fall victim to the slippery edges and fall into the pitcher. There are two botanical families of pitcher plants: Sarraceniaceae, which are North and South American natives; and Nepenthaceae, which includes the tropical pitcher plant. Pitcher plants must be grown in poor soil, not standard potting mix.

Step 1

Mix together equal parts peat moss and perlite. Pour the mixture into the planting pot to within 1/2 inch of the rim. Water the soil until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. After it drains, water the soil again, allowing it to drain completely.

Step 2

Create a hole in the soil large enough to accommodate the plant's roots, allowing the plant to sit at the same depth in which it was formerly growing.

Step 3

Remove the pitcher plant from its pot, place the roots into the hole and gently pack the soil around them.

Step 4

Water the pitcher plant until the water runs from the bottom of the pot, and use the misting bottle to spray off any soil that may remain on the leaves of the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Planting pot with holes in the bottom for drainage
  • Misting bottle


  • Palomar Community College: Carnivorous Plants
  • The International Carnivorous Plant Society: How Do I Replant My New Carnivorous Plant?
Keywords: transplant pitcher plant, repot pitcher plant, soil for pitcher

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