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Sarracenia (North American Pitcher Plant)
Introduction currently underwork.
The Basic care for Sarraceina is pretty much the same as for "Venus Flytraps" and Temperate "Sundews." The only difference too me is that Pitcher plants can endure the cold winter more than both the Temp sundew and Venus Flytrap. Below like the other caresheet's we'll discuss the three (3) basic care for the "North American Pitcher Plant" and some other "care" that includes "winter" and "heat". Thank you for enduring my horrible "grammar."
- 1). Soil!!!
- Standard (1:peat, 1:Perlite)
- HB Mix (1:Peat, 1:Perlite and 1:Silica Sand) By: HackerBerry
- Steve's Standard Miix (50% sphagnum peat moss, 30% coarse silica sand, 20% perlite) By: Steve_D
- "easy mix" or "lazy man's mix" (100% peat moss) By: lozone31
- Remember- Full sun which is 6+ of DIRECT SUNLIGHT
- Distilled water, RO Water or Rain water
- Tap water, River water and well water
(unless you know its save to use)
- (Learn)- Best to top water your plants for optimum health
Ahh.. yes! number one.. Soil! Like other Carnivorous Plants "North American Pitcher Plants" need special soil that is low in nutrients and has a little acidity. The reason for this is where they are found in the wild "bogs" are very low in minerals an the soil is very poor. So they had too adapt to their environment. which brings us to how the pitcher's formed an the purpose for them as seen in the introduction. But remember for the soil.. Low nutrient! an no Fertilizer what so ever unless you know how to grow these plants an how to "fertilize" them. Oh and No!! Miracle-Grow products! The best thing too grow with them is Peat and Perlite mix "standard mix" this is the universal soil for all CP's. but below I listed some soil mixes from users here on this forum. Enjoy!
- Soil Mixes
Number two... Sun! Well, as you all know Sarraceina Pitcher Plants need more like require Full Sun! which is 6+ (or more) hours of DIRECT sunlight. Which the plant needs to do the process of Photosynthesis as seen below. I wouldn't recommend this plant to be use with Fluorescent lights (it just seems wrong). if grown using Fluorescent or in a window you'll notice that the plant isn't as Colorful as it should and it may even look sickish. These Plants are native to North America an should be grown outside and enjoy natural sunlight to make them happy. As for me i leave them out all day from morning till night 24/7.
CO2 + 2 H2O + photons → (CH2O)n + H2O + O2) (carbon dioxide + water + light energy → carbohydrate + oxygen + water)
Number three(3).. Water! Sarraceina "North American Pitcher Plants" Need Water that is PURE! That mean it need water that's low in Minerals or none at all. The Best source of this is either Distilled water, Rain water or RO water. Avoid using Tap water, River water or Well water for they may contain a very high mineral contain. To test you're water quality you can use a TDS (Total Dissolved Soil) tester, you can find one online at Amazon. Unlike Venus Flytraps.. Sarr's enjoy being waterlogged they can thrive in being completely under but i wouldn't recommend this due to the fact of "mold" and "fungus." The best thing you can do is top water your plants so it can flush out the minerals that are located in the soil. Below we'll list the thing's you've learned in this section.
- Brown Spots on pitcher
Are caused by Decomposing insect this is perfectly normal an happens in mid summer
- Copper Color on the rim of lid of the pitcher
Also known as "Crust spots" its caused from dried up nectar from heavy nectar secretion on a thin layer in the rim of the lid. This is perfectly Normal.
- Pitcher's Turning Brow on the Top
Is caused by the plant going into dormancy early. Most Pitcher plant's go into dormancy really early as late summer this is perfectly normal.
- Dried up leaves
This is usually caused by Dehydration. To get rid of it just rehydrate your plant.
- Deformed Leaves
This is caused by "Aphids" to get rid of them use a Systemic Insecticide avoid using soap based products. Below is products you can use.
- Systemic Insecticide By Ortho
- Neem Oil (organic)
- Pyrethrin Products
- Avoid Soap Based Products it could several harm you're plant!!!
hope this help's
this will be updated regularly
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