How to Repot a Sarracenia


Sarracenia, better known as the pitcher plant, is a genus of eight carnivorous plants, most of which are native to the southeastern U.S. Like most carnivorous plants, Sarracenia grows in boggy areas with a highly acidic soil and few nutrients. Due to the lack of nutrients in the soil, the pitcher plants capture insects to survive. You can grow Sarracenia at home in a terrarium. If your pitcher plant has outgrown its container you will need to repot it in a larger one.

Step 1

Prepare a pot 3 to 5 inches larger than the old Sarracenia's pot. Make sure the pot has two or three drainage holes in the bottom of it and it fits in a deep water dish used to keep the soil moist.

Step 2

Mix 2 parts peat moss with 1 part sand. Create enough potting medium with which to fill the pot.

Step 3

Place the pot in the dish and fill the pot half full of the potting medium.

Step 4

Remove Sarracenia from its pot and place it in the new pot. Fill the pot with the rest of the potting medium about 1 to 2 inches from the pot's rim. The potting medium should be at the level of the Sarracenia's crown.

Step 5

Water the Sarracenia well after repotting. Fill the pot with water until it to drains into the water dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic pot
  • Large, deep dish
  • Peat moss
  • Sand


  • Botany Greenhouse University of Wisconsin-Madison: Sarracenia Purpurea
  • University of Utah: John Greene's Carnivorous Plants
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.