Growing Carnivorous Pitcher Plants

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Growing carnivorous pitcher plants is easy with these tips, learn how to care for carnivorous plants like 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 give you some basic growing tips about how to grow sarracenias. If you want to know more about carnivorous plants, you can visit us at So probably the most important thing you want to focus on when you are growing sarracenias, is what particular sarracenia you have and what region it grows in. That is important because you want to replicate as best you can the conditions of the region in which your plant grows if you are growing it in cultivation. For example we have here a serracenia purpura subspecies. We grow this plant year round outside in New England and has no problem because it can withstand these cold winters here. Other plants like this sarracenia rubra or sarracenia flava, these grown in the Southern United States so they can’t stand the harsh winters outside here. You have to bring these plants inside during the winter and we are going to talk more about that later. All of these sarracenia species need very poor soil conditions. We grow them all in some type of peat moss mixture or something like that. Also another very common mistake is that people fertilize these plants. You really want to make sure absolutely never to fertilize these plants. Fertilizing them can kill them in a matter of days or weeks some times. Another things that is common about all the sarracenia species is that they need a lot of water. All of these pots are just absolutely soaking in water you can see here. We grow them in standing water most of the time and again, we are going to talk more about watering. All sarracenia’s grow in bog like conditions. Some of them grow in sphagnum bog, some of them grow in seepage bog, some of them grow almost entirely in the water so all these sarracenia’s need quite a bit of water. But again, just to reiterate what I said again, you really want to know what region these plants grow in so that you can replicate the conditions that they have in nature.