Pitcher plants make an exotic addition to any home garden or greenhouse. The eight species of North American pitcher plants range in length from 3 inches to 3 feet. The plants secrete fragrant nectar to lure insects into their long, funnel-shaped leaves. Once inside, insects drown in a mixture of digestive fluids and are ingested by the plant. Pitcher plants can be grown inside or outdoors and require hot, humid environments.
Mix distilled water with dry sphagnum moss until the mixture turns black.
Add enough silica sand or medium-grade orchid bark to the soil mixture so that the new mixture is 50 percent sand or bark, and blend thoroughly.
Fill a plastic or metal pot two-thirds full with the soil mixture. Avoid terracotta and clay pots as they tend to collect salt, which will kill carnivorous plants.
Place the pitcher plant in the center of the pot, gently. Cover the roots with 1-2 inches of the soil mixture. Do not pat down soil as this could damage the roots and prevent air flow.
Water your pitcher plant with distilled water immediately. It is difficult to overwater pitcher plants as they thrive in boggy conditions. Keep the humidity high by placing the pot in a tray of water.