How to Grow a Pitcher Plant


Carnivorous plants can fascinate and enthrall young and old. Watching the process of plants trapping and consuming insects to sustain themselves is an experience many people find entertaining. North American pitcher plants include eight species, some of which can thrive in regions as cold as USDA Zone 3. Grow pitcher plants in a moist growing environment, indoors or outdoors, for an appealing plant with beautiful foliage and intriguing habits.

Step 1

Fill the planting container with a mixture of 1 part peat moss and 1 part coarse sand, mixing the two ingredients well.

Step 2

Plant the pitcher plant in the container, filling the planting media carefully around the roots of the plant and tamping the soil down firmly by hand. Place the container in the saucer to collect water and help keep the soil moist.

Step 3

Place the pitcher plant in a growing location with temperatures between 60 F and 80 F with partial or full direct sunlight throughout the day.

Step 4

Keep the planting media saturated at all times with distilled water. Allow the water to drain into the saucer. Keep some water in the saucer to help keep the soil moist.

Step 5

Allow the pitcher plant to enter dormancy between November and April. Remove spent and withering pitchers with pruning shears. Leave new pitchers on the plant to continue to grow. Reduce the watering frequency to once or twice per month during dormancy. Water only to moisten the soil. Move the pitcher plant to a growing location with temperatures between 40 F and 50 F, and leave it there until the end of March.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container (8 to 10 inches in diameter)
  • Container saucer
  • Peat moss
  • Coarse sand
  • Distilled water
  • Pruning shears


  • Rook: Sarracenia Purpurea
  • University of Illinois Extension: Pitcher Plants - Unique Garden Additions
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