American Pitcher Plants
Common Names.American Pitcher Plants
Basic Information - Sarrecenias, or American pitcher plants, are native throughout the east coast, from northern Florida through the New England, mainly in swampy areas. They capture insects by producing nectar along the rim of their pitchers. When an insect starts to lick up the nectar, it tries to get more by reaching in the pitcher. When it loses its footing, it falls straight in and cannot get back out because there is a layer of slime on the wall and the drown in the digestive juices that are pooled at the bottom of the pitcher.
Lighting- American Pitchers do the best out side because they need lots of light. You can grow them indoors possibly near a very sunny window or under florescent daylights on for about 16 hours a day results may vary depending on what type of lights you use.
Soil- Many Carnivorous require special soil, the American pitcher is no exception. The best mixture is Vermiculite and Peat moss with a top of Long Fibered Sphagnum Moss. One thing you NEVER want to do is use fertilizer, this will kill and burn your plant. Water is no different, you can only use distilled or rain water, they are very sensitive to minerals in water.
Dormancy- All American Pitcher plants require about 3-4 months of dormancy. You will want to cover your plants with a tarp or let them go dormant in a garage. The reason is that they can be affected by frost damage.
Feeding- It is not necessary to feed your plants they can flourish just using Photosynthesis but fly's are always a boost in growth. If it is outsider they will often tip over beast the massive amount of bugs in the pitcher. NEVER feed raw hamburger or Taco bell :) only bugs.
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