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amir9696
Feb 17, 2017 6:16 PM CST

do I grow pitcher plants outside or can they be grown inside
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DaisyI
Feb 17, 2017 7:12 PM CST
Welcome!

Are you asking about tropical pitchers (Nepenthes) or American pitchers (Sarracenia)? The answer will be quite different.

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crawgarden
Feb 17, 2017 7:21 PM CST
I have grown them both outside, the tropical obviously only in the spring and summer. Both overwinter inside.
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amir9696
Feb 18, 2017 4:35 AM CST
its a sarracenia Thank You!
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tarev
Feb 18, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Hello amir9696, depending on your location, you can grow them outdoors, but if your location is like mine where we get mild winter conditions but still gets cold between 20F to 50F, I just grow my Nepenthes indoors, and my Sarrancenias stays outdoors year round. Sarracenias need that cold spell, and they just look ratty during winter as they go dormant, but returns vigor when temps warm up again. I have to keep both plants in standing water here, our humidity gets so low during our long dry months that lasts 6 to 7 months no rain.

If you have good outdoor conditions, with good humidity levels and full sun, you can certainly grow your Nepenthes outdoors. Just try to identify if your Nepenthes is the highland or lowland variety. See this link, it has good info about the Nepenthes: https://www.growcarnivorouspla...

Oops, did not see right away that your carnivore is a Sarracenia, so grow it outdoors and always in standing water even as it gets dormant during the cold season.
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amir9696
Feb 18, 2017 12:37 PM CST
thanks for the reply and really helpful advice last thing is it ok to keep it on a window side or is outside the only place to put it
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tarev
Feb 18, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Sarracenias thrive better outdoors, it really loves lots of high light and needs that hot/cold temperature flux. And most important keeping it moist always.
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DaisyI
Feb 18, 2017 2:05 PM CST
Listen to Tarev. Smiling

Mine all live outside in a in-ground bog. I have one that lives inside but it spends its winters in the garage window. For health and sustainabily, they need a cold dormant winter.

Yes, ALWAYS sitting in water. They are bog plants.
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amir9696
Feb 19, 2017 12:36 PM CST
should i add water to my sarracenia purpurea or not
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tarev
Feb 19, 2017 1:27 PM CST
amir9696, ALWAYS keep your Sarracenia in standing water.

amir9696
Feb 19, 2017 2:41 PM CST
no sorry I meant should i add water in the pitcher hole itself because I know some species do need that
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tarev
Feb 19, 2017 2:49 PM CST
You can if you want too, but personally I don't since my growing area is outdoors, so it gets all it can from outside.
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DaisyI
Feb 19, 2017 3:39 PM CST
Add water to the bowl (the pitchers produce their own water from the water in your bowl). Depth of water doesn't matter as long as the crown of the plant is above water.
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billn9
Jun 13, 2017 12:47 AM CST
Sarracenia with upright pitchers do not have much liquid in them. They excrete small amounts of digestive fluids when a insect gets trapped. If they catch a lot of rainwater, the pitchers tend to fall over.

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