Crimson Pitcher Plant (Scarracenia Leucophylla)
$11.21 incl. GST
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Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 24cm
- Sarracenia, the North American pitcher plants, are native to the US Gulf Coast states.
- These plants get their name from their pitcher-shaped leaves.
- 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 right in!
- The inside walls of the pitcher are very smooth, so insects are not able to crawl out.
- They also can't fly out because there isn't any airlift in a tube!
- Eventually, the insect dies, and as it decomposes, the plant absorbs its nutrients right through its leaves.
- Use a soil mixture of 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite.
- Never use potting soil, compost or fertilizer; these ingredients will kill your plants.
- When it comes to feeding, Sarracenia leucophylla is a unique plant.
- It doesn’t require fertilizer to feed.
- Just keep it outside, and sit back and watch the plant catch more than enough insects and small animals to feed themselves.
- But if you decide to keep them indoors, then you have to supply them with dried insects.
- During the growing season, grow your Sarracenia outside in full sun with 6 or more hours of direct sunlight, for vigorous growth.
- If full sun is not possible, provide a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight with bright indirect light during the rest of the day.
- Such a plant won’t be as vibrantly colored as one grown in full sun, but they can still grow more/less healthily.
- Sarracenia requires mineral-free water.
- If your tap water is relatively pure (less than 50 parts per million in dissolved minerals), then you can safely water your Sarracenia with it.
- Otherwise, use bottled distilled water.
- Keep the soil wet at all times.
- You can do this by setting the plant in small amounts of standing water, no more than halfway up the pot.