HOW TO GROW A PITCHER PLANT – Exotic plants are not easy to grow or care for but with a little dedication you can grow healthy pitcher plants. The guide below will help you if you really fancy growing your own pitcher plant.
You can grow Pitcher Plants in the garden but if it freezes in the winter they will die, so you must protect the plant against frost. It is best if these are grown in pots so that you can transport them to the greenhouse for the winter months.
Reader’s Comment - The American pitcher plants can tolerate freezing to a degree. There are some like the S. Purpurea and Oreophila require freezing to go into dormancy.
Pitcher plants like plenty of sunlight so find a spot in your garden that is sunny most of the day.
Take a medium sized pot and place pea gravel on the bottom for drainage.
Reader’s Comment - Drainage isn’t that important since they are bog plants and tend to like being waterlogged.
Reader’s Comment - You should not use compost in your soil for any carnivorous plant. They grow in nutrient poor soil and catch bugs to make up for the lack of nutrients. Fertilizing or using compost can and will burn the roots of the plants and may kill them.
Place your Pitcher plant in the soil and water – IMPORTANT: Only use distilled water and make sure the soil is very moist at all times.
Take good care of your Pitcher plant by ensuring it is well watered and that any dead or yellow leaves are cut off.
Side Note: As you can see we updated this guide due to LucST comments below. Thanks to LucST we are able to make this guide even more useful!
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