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Sweet Trumpet, Sarracenia rubra


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

This sarracenia produces bright green pitchers and red flowers. By the end of summer to early fall, its pitchers turn an intense yellow. The first frost of the season will cause the yellow pitchers to become a neon yellow. By the time winter arrives, the pitchers will have turned to a red color.

To fully appreciate these color changes, your plant should be grown outdoors.

Light: Sarracenia should receive at least 5-6 hours of full sun and 12-14 hours of light. Exposure to full sun allows the plant to produce large strong stems, leaves and traps. Inadequate light will produce spindly, weak plants.

Water: Sarracenia 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 being no less than 1 inch 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-to-1 mixture of peat moss and sand/perlite. Using potting soil will not allow the plants' roots to receive the proper oxygen that they nee. Most potting soil is 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. To assure that your pitcher plants are receiving good nutrients, you may offer them small insects periodically such as fruit flies, ants and other small field plankton. If live food is not an option, we suggest dehydrated insects such as flies or crickets.

Temperature/Winter Care: During the growing season, Sarracenia may be exposed to temperatures in the low to mid 80s. Humidity should be 40-60%, but brief periods above or below will be tolerated.

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