Diet & Feeding Tips for Carnivorous Pitcher Plants

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Diet and feeding are important concepts in growing carnivorous pitcher 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 feeding your sarracenia. If you want to know more about carnivorous plants, you can visit us at So when you are feeding your carnivorous plants and your sarracenias, the thing that you want to make sure is that you are only giving them food that they can find in the wild. This includes all different types of insects, spiders, crickets, ants or flies. You never want to feed your carnivorous plant anything that they can’t find in the wild like a hamburger or ham or a hot dog. This will clog up the inside of your pitcher plant and can kill your plant. So what we like to use is this species of worm. It’s actually a larva of a particular moth species and when you are feeding your sarracenias, you can feed one worm per pitcher per week and you can repeat this process once a week. The plants will digest them and they will be very happy that they are being fed. If you are growing these plants outside, you really don’t need to worry about feeding them at all because they are going to be catching insects naturally on their own. They should be able to feed themselves and attract insects on their own and you should be able to see this by looking down inside of the pitcher where you should be able to see all sorts of insects that have been captured by your plant.