Tips for Watering Pitcher Plants

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Watering pitcher plants is as easy as watering regular plants, learn how to care for the North American Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia) in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Wes Major

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Hi! My name is Wes on behalf of and in this video segment I am going to talk to you about watering your pitcher plants. If you want to know more about carnivorous plants, you can visit us at So probably the most important thing when we are talking about watering pitcher plants and even any carnivorous plants is the right kind of water to use. You never want to use any type of tap water or bottled water because this water can have chlorine in it. You only want to use distilled water or you can also use rain water that you have collected. If you want to use something like tap water, what you can do is you can keep it in a bucket for 24 hours and this will allow the chlorine to evaporate out of the water and then you can use it safely with your carnivorous plants. Also, you never want to use any type of water that has any fertilizer in it. So the sarracenias as I said before really require quite a bit of water. Right here we have a tray of sarracenias growing right in standing water. You can see there is quite a bit of water here in the tray and their soil is constantly moist. Over here we have the sarracenia growing in a pot and anytime that you are growing a sarracenia in a pot, you want to make sure there is some dish underneath the pot that you can fill with water. Right here I am just going to go ahead and fill this one up with water and then place the sarracenia on top here. If you are growing your plants in a bogged dish like this, you want to make sure that if it does have a drainage plug in the bottom, you want to make sure that that drainage plug is plugged up so that the water stays inside the dish. You want to water these plants as often as you need to make sure that the soil is constantly damp. Again, you want to keep in mind what type of conditions do these plants grow in the wild. They all grow in bogs, some sort of seepage bogs, sphagnum bogs and they are constantly in water. Their roots are constantly wet so you never really want to worry too much about watering these plants. Again, you just want to make sure that you are only using distilled water or rain water.