Pitcher Plants (live plants and rhizomes)
Nepenthes alata- A marvel of the plant world, the pitcher plant has developed a cup-shaped structure to lure and devour insect prey. Carnivorous plants are absolutely fascinating to grow and observe as flies and other bugs fall prey to its trap. The pitcher plant is both intriguing and beautiful, with dramatically curved cups that dangle from the plant. They are superb in hanging pots. Native to the highlands of Southeast Asia, they will happily grow in your home with just a bit of care. Pitcher plants originated from regions with very nutrient poor soil, which prompted the evolution of these unique carnivorous traps. The plant dissolves its prey and absorbs the insect body as fertilizer. A fantastic way to get an up-close look at one of nature’s most unusual plant specimens.
Growing pitcher plants is similar to growing orchids. Select a pot with drainage holes. (Plastic or ceramic are both fine, but holes are a must.) Do not pot pitcher plants in commercial potting mix as the excess nutrients can kill the plants. Instead, use a 50/50 mix of perlite and long fiber or unmilled sphagnum moss or a 50/50 mix of coconut fiber and coco coir. Never place pitchers outside under the full sun; they require bright, indirect sunlight. A south-facing window is ideal. The plants also require high humidity; 60 percent is perfect. Good air circulation makes for the healthiest plants, so consider a location with a fan or good natural airflow. Pitcher plants thrive in daytime temperatures in the 70s and nighttime temperatures no lower than the low 50s. Allow the moss in the pot to just start to dry on the top between waterings. Be aware that you must water your pitcher plants using rainwater or distilled water. Tap water, bottled water or well water will kill the plants. If the cups dry out, you can add a very small amount (about ½ inch).
Bare Root Rhizomes, Ready To Grow!
At their Botanique nursery in Virginia, botanist Robert Sacilotto and co-owner Butch Bailey have been careful stewards of rare, and often endangered, species of carnivorous plants for decades, and they now have more than 80,000 such plants!
(Sarracenia leucophylla) USDA zones 7 and up (zones 5-6 with protection). This amazing insect-eating perennial is native to the deep southeastern portion of the U.S. Lovely flowers are various shades of red. Amazing trumpet-like frilled foliage, (the pitchers), are white-topped and delicately marbled with red and/or green veins. First-year plants usually make 1–3 pitchers in the spring, some flat leaves in midsummer, and 1-3 of the most colorful pitchers in late Aug.–Oct. The plants require an acidic, low mineral soil and moist to wet conditions, This can easily be accomplished by container planting in a mix of peat moss and sand or perlite. Full sun for five hours or more is required; indoor growing is not advised, due to light and dormancy needs. We ship 100% nursery- propagated bare root mature rhizomes, ready to plant and start growing. Growing instructions sent with order.