Sarracenia (American pitcher plant)

 Sarracenia go dormant through the winter months.  Plants shipped from mid- October through mid- March may have brown pitchers or may have had their pitchers trimmed to the rhizome.  In the spring new pitchers will emerge and your plant will look like the ones pictured. Hybrids are denoted with a  ”x”, “x” is also used to show which species or hybrids were crossed together to produce the named cultivar. SG stands for seed grown and results in plants that are variable.  VC stands for plants that were produce by tissue culture or rhizome division and result in plants that are duplicates of the named cultivar.

Approximate size of our Sarracenia:

Small:     3-5 inches tall

Medium 6-9 inches tall

Large      9-18” +

Sarracenia Cultivation guidelines:  

Most Sarracenia species are native to the southeastern United States and grow in full sun in acidic wetland soil that is low in nutrient value. They will grow vigorously if you can provide growing conditions that replicate those of their native habitat.  Our recommendation is that you grow them in a 1:1 mix of peat moss and an aggregate such as sand, pumice or perlite.  If you use sand make sure it is horticulture grade or that you wash it well to remove any salts. Grow them in full sun or in the brightest location you have available.  If you happen to have an acidic bog plant them there, if not we suggest placing the potted Sarracenia in a saucer and keeping it filled with one or two inches of “good” water at all times.  Water quality is crucial to the health of Sarracenia.  They require water with low levels of total dissolved solids (TDS), preferably less than 100ppm.  Distilled water, reverse osmosis water and rain water are ideal.  Tap water is often ok, but could prove deadly if it has high TDS levels. Your local water agency can provide you with your waters average TDS level.   We do not recommend fertilizing your Sarracenia as the plants are quite capable of feeding themselves and attempts at fertilizing them often results in the plants death! Sarracenia require a winter dormancy period and can withstand freezing temperatures. Plants are hardy to USDA zone 8, mulch in colder regions. 

 

 



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