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Scarlet Bell Pitcher plant, Sarracenia leucophylla x S. psittacina

Scarlet Bell Pitcher plant, Sarracenia leucophylla x S. psittacina

Introduction: Carnivorous plants have captured the attention and imagination of many people due to the fact that they consume insects.

The Scarlet Belle hybrid is that of a white top pitcher (Sarracenia leucophylla) and the parrot pitcher (Sarracenia psittacina). It develops beautiful red pitchers speckled with white window spots. When fully mature, traps can approach 15 inches tall.

Light: Sarracenia ssp. should receive direct, natural sunlight. Exposure to direct sun allows the plant to produce large strong stems, leaves and pitchers. Inadequate light will produce spindly, weak plants.

Water: Your pitcher plant's substrate should always be wet. Never allow the substrate to dry out. You can place your plants' container in a flat tray with a water level about 1-2 inches during the growing season. Rain water or filtered water should be used. Chemicals in tap water will burn the roots of the plant.

Soil: Potting soil should never be used with carnivorous plants. We recommend plain sphagnum peat moss. Or, a 3:1 mixture of peat moss and sand/perlite. Using potting soil will not allow the plants' roots to receive the proper oxygen that they need. Most potting soils are also enriched with nutrients that will kill carnivorous plants.

Fertilizer/Food: It is strongly recommended that you do not fertilize ANY carnivorous plant. Healthy plants will catch all the nutrients they need. Bugs! Small insects may be periodically placed in the pitchers if the pitcher is not catching them on it's own. Fruit flies, ants and other small field plankton are all acceptable. Be sure the insect is not too large, as this may cause the pitcher to decay. If live food is not an option, you may try dehydrated insects such as flies or crickets that can often be purchased at locations that cater to reptiles.

Temperature/Winter Care: During the growing season, Scarlet Bells may be exposed to temperatures ranging from the low 80s to low 90s. Humidity should be 40-60%, but brief periods above or below will be tolerated. We recommend that Scarlet Bells have a dormancy period of 3-4 months during cool to cold temperatures (below 55 degrees Fahrenheit). This will allow the plant to rest while a food supply is low and assure they do well the next growing season

Terrarium Suitability: Sarracenia will fare best as an outdoor plant.