Care of a Pitcher Plant


Carnivorous plants, such as many types of pitcher plants, require alert care to assure proper growth and life span of the plant. Owning a pitcher plant, or nepenthe, adds flair and mystery to your exotic gardening hobby, whether you're keeping it indoors or in an outdoor garden. Caring for your pitcher plant can be easy for the intermediate gardener.

Step 1

Choose the proper area in which to keep your pitcher plant. Pitcher plants prefer moist, black soil with plenty of shade in warm temperatures. Pitcher plants thrive well indoors under artificial lighting and moist potting soil.

Step 2

Enrich your pitcher plant's soil with kitchen compost and worm castings to provide proper fertilization for optimal flower and foliage growth.

Step 3

Mulch the plant, whether it be outdoors or in, with peat moss to keep moisture close to the plant.

Step 4

Keep the plant near a ready supply of insects. Indoor pitcher plants can be kept in glass or mesh terrariums where live crickets can be administered to feed the plant. Outdoor pitcher plants attract insects naturally.

Step 5

Keep your pitcher plant out of cold temperatures, as it will kill the vine. Transplant it from your outdoor garden into a greenhouse or houseplant planter. It can be replanted during the summer months.

Things You'll Need

  • Nepenthe (pitcher) plant
  • Peat moss
  • Earthworm castings (mixed with live worms)
  • Kitchen compost


  • Botanical Society of America: Carnivorous Plants

Who Can Help

  • Youtube: Flesh-Eating Pitcher Plant
Keywords: pitcher plant care, carnivorous plants, exotic gardening

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