Sarracenia purpurea 4"
Sarracenia is a genus of carnivorous North American pitcher plants commonly called "Trumpet Pitchers". The Sarracenia purpurea is also called the "Purple Pitcher Plant". The plant attracts insects with secretions and its general scent and visual demeanor and then an insect slips and falls in the pitcher and - night night. It is now plant food.
- Light - full sun to part sun
- Watering - even moisture, purified water a must
- Soil - carnivorous blend (sphagnum, peat, sand)
Images are used for general reference only. The size and shape of each plant will vary. As will bloom state.
Incl. Dionaea muscipula “Venus Flytrap” & Nepenthes “Pitcher Plant”
Light: These plants prefer at least 6hrs. of sun, ideally in a southern / western exposure.
Water: Because they are native to very wet bogs and swamps, it is best to keep them in a pot with drainage, sitting on a tray of distilled water. They need to be kept constantly moist, and don’t tolerate the salts / chemicals in tap water very well. You can use distilled water or leave a container of tap water out for 24-48 hours so that enough chemicals will have evaporated to water with.
Environment: They need 50% or more ambient humidity. Because of this, they thrive in terrariums and closed containers. Ensure it is potted in peat / sphagnum moss or a special carnivorous plant mix. Do not fertilize.
Toxicity: Reported to be mildly toxic to cats / dogs if ingested.
- Resist the urge to trigger the traps with your finger because the action of the trap requires so much energy, they die after 3-5 triggers. If you trigger all your traps, your plant could die.
- Carnivory in plants is an adaptation to low nutrient bogs.
*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting. Printable Care Sheet
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