Growing Pitcher Plant | Pitcher Plant | Insect Eating Plant

Growing Pitcher Plant | Pitcher Plant | Insect Eating Plant

Carnivorous plant (Insect Eating Plant)

Hi everybody allows us to examine the expansion and Growing condition of carnivorous plant, Sarracenia Species, and Winter Dormancy & Division of Insect Eating Plant. Nepenthes plants are one kind of amazing plants. Pitcher plants are easy to grow and are very versatile plants. Pitcher plant versatile is a very effective flycatcher, comes in 8 species and all of the species are very beautiful. Most of the carnivorous plant has inviting fragrances and beautiful colors that attract insect’s attention. Visitors to the pitcher plant are tricked by transparent leaves into a position from where they cannot escape. Insects who slips into the pitcher plant by waxy surface and digested by the plant and its enzymes.

Pitcher plants are native to the southeastern coastal plains of North America. These plants grow in sunny and open wetlands of America. Species of picture plants are also found in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Although some species of this plant are critically endangered as the human development of houses is increasing.

In this article, you will be reading about the habitat, cultivation from seeds, water, and soil, growing conditions of nepenthes plant, and problems faced by these plants.

Pitcher Plant

The Sarracenia Species

There are currently 8 recognized species of Sarracenia (taxonomic controversy aside!). These are S. alata, Sarracenia flava, Sarracenia leucophylla, Sarracenia minor, Sarracenia oreophila, Sarracenia psittacina, Sarracenia purpurea, and Sarracenia Rubra.

North American pitcher plants are unusual therein all species are often hybridized, which these crosses end infertile offspring. In other words, Sarracenia taxonomy involves a desirable mixture of complex hybrids, backcrosses, and cultivars, many of which are extraordinarily beautiful.

Unsurprisingly, many hybrids occur naturally within the wild and were once given names as if they were species. Sarracenia × catesbaei, for instance, maybe a hybrid between Sarracenia flava and Sarracenia purpurea. The vigor often exhibited by hybrids is one more reason why hybrids, alongside the super hardy Sarracenia purpurea!

Pitcher Plant overview

Scientific name – Nepenthes

Kingdom – Plantae

Popular names – Pitcher Plant

Plant type – Carnivorous plant

Sun requirement – Bright full sun

Water requirement – Regular irrigation

Soil conditions –Potting soil (low nutrients with good drainage)

Growing Pitcher Plant

How to grow Pitcher Plant?

Growing Locations

Sarracenia requires full direct sun. As such, they’re candidates for less than the brightest of windowsills – a scarcity of direct sunlight will cause your plants to become weak and poorly-colored. If you want windowsill growing, choose S. purpurea or a hybrid small species.

Terrariums are generally unsuitable. While seedlings can thrive during a terrarium, the amount of sunlight these picture plants need might be trouble for you. Remember too that erect species like S. leucophylla can reach almost a meter tall!


Generally, Sarracenia grows best in unheated greenhouses and conservatories. they’re quite temperature tolerant, with conditions in their natural habitats frequently reaching 32°C (90°F) during summer.

Water & Soil

Like many other carnivorous plants, Sarracenia require rainwater or distilled/deionized water, and much of it! this is often because they grow in low-nutrient waterlogged soil, and evolved to draw minerals from prey instead. As such, you want to avoid water, drinking water, and filtered water – all will end in a build-up of minerals and cause your plant’s health to deteriorate. you ought to avoid fertilizer for similar reasons. I’ve outlined your options for obtaining water in additional detail here.

Give your plant pots about 2 cm of water during the season, avoid watering the highest. Keep the soil moist in winter, do not wet.


The traditional compost mixture for Sarracenia is sphagnum mixed with lime-free horticultural sand or perlite, a ratio of about 2: 1. you’ll buy suitable peat-based Sarracenia mixes from specialist nurseries and on Amazon.

The impact of peat extraction on the environment – both in terms of habitat destruction and heating – means some growers are moving towards peat-free mixes. Mike King of Shropshire Sarracenias recommends a mixture of finely milled bark, lime-free horticultural grit, and perlite, to a ratio of 2:1:1.


Kept outside, Sarracenia will catch quite enough food for themselves. The taller trumpet species like S. flava and S. leucophylla are particularly ruthless and sometimes fill to the brim with flies, wasps, ants, and moths by the top of the season.

If you retain your plants indoors, you’ll hand feed them with dried insects every few weeks. The foods that we have recommended for Venus flytraps are all suitable for them, but dried crickets are their favorite food.

Insect Eating Plant

Winter Dormancy & Division

  • All North American pitcher plants thrive best in chilly winter dormancy between November and February.
  • Temperatures in their natural habitats regularly dip below freezing over winter (0°C / 32°F), then you want to provide a chilly season for plants in cultivation.
  • If you retain your plants indoors during the season, you’ll get to move them somewhere colder – sit them next to a window in your shed or garage, for instance. If you are growing your pitcher plant in a greenhouse it can remain there over winter.
  • For year-round outdoor growing (i.e. exposure to the sun, rain, and water), species occurring further north – Sarracenia purpurea, Sarracenia flava, and their hybrids – are generally the hardiest to grow in UK weather.
  • As the winters arrive and temperature drops, pitchers will turn brown and your plant will start to die. this is often normal, and you’ll safely trim off any dead growth. Some Sarracenia also produces flat, non-carnivorous leaves. These leaves are also called phyllodia during autumn; these will often last throughout winter.
  • The end of the winter dormancy period may be a good opportunity to repot and even divide your plants if they require it.
  • A 12cm (4.5 inches) pot is sufficient for adult plants to grow. Sarracenia grows from a rhizome, which may be a thick underground stem that sprouts roots and leaves.
  • Large adult plants will have many different growth points on their rhizome, and by snapping the rhizome and potting the pieces separately, you’ll propagate multiple (genetically identical) plants! inspect this guide by Phil Wilson for a few helpful photos and an in-depth tutorial.

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