Pitcher Plants

Sarracenia

Carnivorous Plants

Meet the Pitcher Plant!

If the carnivorous plant world held a beauty contest for its brightest star, the pitcher plant (Sarracenia) would be a sure contender for the title!

One of the most striking features of this hungry plant are its eye-catching leaves. Not only do they come in bright colours and stylish patterns, but they’re shaped like elegant champagne flute.

Best of all, if you happen to be a passing ant, they are filled with a delicious-smelling nectar that is nearly impossible to resist. Any ant unlucky enough to fall for the charms of the beautiful Sarracenia better have sure footing!

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Pitcher Plant Characteristics

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The edges of the pitcher plant’s leaves ooze with a slippery wax. One wrong step will see a hapless ant lose his grip on the edge of the cup, and pitch headlong to his doom – Sarracenia’s enticing cup is actually a cunning pitfall trap!
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Like Monkey Cups, the pitcher plant has slippery walls that prevent all hope of escape for prey that have fallen into its cup. But don’t feel too bad for the ant – his last moments will be spent drowning in a pool of delectable nectar.
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The final death blow arrives when Sarracenia releases enzymes to digest the exoskeleton and absorb the insect’s nutrients.
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Though they do enjoy ants, pitcher plants are not picky eaters. They will happily snack on beetles, flies, spiders or other small invertebrates that happen to be passing by.

Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia)

What Makes Them Special?

Sarracenia’s colourful beauty have made them a popular choice as an ornamental plant – bright yellows, pinks and purples are all common. But while they may look like delicate orchids, they are actually quite hardy. Perhaps because they are native to the United States and Canada, Sarracenia is able to withstand very cold conditions, including sub-zero winter temperatures. But don’t worry, they prefer warm, moist environments and are perfectly suited to the South African climate! Because pitcher plants are perennials, as long as they have lots of sunlight and water (and access to bugs!) they will thrive for years to come. If you’re looking for an exotic beauty to join your plant family, Sarracenia is the perfect choice. This exotic plant will bring both elegance and a touch of danger to your home or office!

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Caring for the Pitcher Plant

If you’ve gone all in on a Pitcher Plant, congratulations! You’ve scored a winning hand. Here’s how to care for this beauty of the carnivorous plant world.

  • Potting: First things first, Sarracenia hates contact with minerals, so choose a pot that’s got good drainage and that isn’t made of terracotta or clay, which can leach minerals into the soil. Pot size depends on the size of your plant, but on average, 10-15cm works well for small plants, and 15-25cm for larger ones.
  • Sunlight: Like most carnivorous plants, Pitcher Plants love bright, indirect sunlight. Pick a location that gets good morning or evening sunlight.
  • Soil: Carnivorous plant potting mix provides the ideal combination of well-draining, mineral and nutrient-free soil that’s perfect for Pitcher Plants. There’s no need to fertilise as the clever Sarracenia produces its own minerals and nutrients, and adding fertiliser can be harmful.
  • Watering: Keep the soil continually moist by watering often. If your plant is left outside or near a window, check on it regularly to make sure the soil isn’t drying out. Try not to let the pot sit in water for too long as this can cause root rot.
  • Feeding: If left outside, Sarracenia will happily trap enough passing bugs to keep itself well fed. If your plant lives indoors you can supplement its diet by dropping a live or dried cricket or mealworm (available at pet shops) into each cup, once or twice a month.

Testimonials

“My kids just love their ‘Hungry Plants’! We’ve collected the whole set and it brings them endless pleasure inspecting their plants everyday to see if they’ve caught some prey.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Carnivorous Plants Need Fertilizer?

Carnivorous plants generally don’t need to be fertilised as they obtain these nutrients from their prey.

What's the best spot to put my plant?

A sunny windowsill or outside in the sun will keep your carnivorous plant super happy & healthy.

How Often Should I Water My Plant?

Carnivorous plants love water and should not be left to dry out, check the soil, it should be moist but not wet before watering again. Carnivorous plants can be sensitive to minerals in tap water, so they prefer distilled or rainwater

Do Carnivorous Plants Need Fertilizer?

Carnivorous plants generally don’t need to be fertilised as they obtain these nutrients from their prey.

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