Tips for Weeding & Pruning Pitcher Plants

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Weeding and pruning pitcher plants is easy with these tips, 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 pruning and weeding your sarrasenia . If you want to know more about carnivorous plants, you can visit me at So here we have our sarracenio rubra subspecies and it’s in a little bit sorry shape right now. It is towards the end of the summer and in the Fall, so a lot of the pitchers have started to die off. We can see that we still have quite a few nice pitchers. So what I am going to do is go through and start pruning back some of these dead leaves. The purpose of doing this really is just to make the plant look nicer. Here, right here, and here, we have some leaves that are a little spindly looking. This is because they were growing with not enough light and you can prune these back if you want to but you should also know that since this leaf is green, it is still going through the process of photosenthises. It is still producing energy for the plant and if you cut it off, it is just going to provide that much less energy for your sarracenias. If you don’t like the look of these particularly leaves, you can cut them off and they won’t hurt the plant too much but if it is all the same you might as well just leave them on. Since we are growing this plant outside, it has quite a few weeds inside of it. It’s got a lot of grasses and things like that. You can see here it has some grass along the edge. When you go through and weed, you just want to pull up the weeds as best from the root as you can so they won’t be able to replant themselves. So I am just going to go through and kind of attach these weeds and here. Also when you are going through and weeding you want to make sure that you are not attacking these small parts of the plant. Here this looks almost like the weed but it is just a very small leaf of the sarracenia.