Care of the Common Pitcher Plant


Pitcher plants are considered carnivorous plants because they trap and digest insects and bugs. These plants look like miniature pitchers. The juice inside of the pitcher plant attracts insects, which end up drowning in the liquid. You will usually find pitcher plants in areas where soil is on the acidic side. The Common pitcher plant can be kept within a household if you know how to properly take care of it. Nurseries do not typically carry pitcher plants, so you may need to order one online.

Step 1

Clip off any dead pitchers immediately. Pitchers die in transit from time to time, and leaving a dead pitcher attached to the plant could cause the other pitchers on the plant to die.

Step 2

Add half an inch of water to the each pitcher on the plant. Sometimes the juices within the pitcher plant spill out during transport.

Step 3

Transfer your pitcher plants in to a pot of peat moss or perlite. These are ideal for a pitcher plant.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist, but not soaked. Use distilled water only; tap water contains too much salt.

Step 5

Maintain a temperature above 55 degrees and below 95 degrees in the plant's environment. If want your pitcher plant to grow more pitchers, aim for the higher temperatures in the range, along with some humidity.

Step 6

Give your pitcher plants about 50% sunlight. Too much sun can cause red spots, while too little sun can cause a fade in the pitcher plant's color.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant your pitcher plants in a clay pot. Clay pots contain salt that is not good for pitcher plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Pitcher plants
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Peat moss or perlite


  • Iowa State University: Carnivorous Plants
  • Pitcher Plant: Caring for Nepenthes, Tropical Pitcher Plants or Monkey Cups

Who Can Help

  • The International Carnivorous Plant Society: The Carnivorous Plant FAQ
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