A Pitcher Plant Offers More Than Just Beauty

A Pitcher Plant Offers More Than Just Beauty

By Published November 15, 2017 Updated June 15, 2022

There are many plants that you can use to add beauty and intrigue to a garden or patio. Gardeners who want something truly unique will appreciate the Sarracenia, also known as the pitcher plant. Pitcher plants are carnivorous which means that they eat meat in the form of insects, so they are perfect for garden areas where insect infestation may be a problem. Insects are eaten by pitcher plants when they are lured into the cylindrical leaf or pitcher by the sweet scent that the plant gives off. The inside of the leaf is so slippery that insects cannot escape once they have entered. Insects trapped by pitcher plants will either die of exhaustion from escape attempts or simply drown.



If you have an insect problem in your garden area, pitcher plants are an excellent way to reduce bugs while providing you with beautiful perennial plants to show off. Pitcher plants thrive in soil that has low nitrogen levels and they do require a bit of special care. You should be certain that you are placing a pitcher plant in a sunny area. The ideal location for these perennials is an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Pitcher plants are adored for their beautiful colors and providing them with enough sunlight each day will intensify these colors.

Many gardeners choose sarracenia as outdoor container plants although, in the right location, you could certainly add them to your outdoor garden. The adage we frequently use to educate visitors to the nursery is "Damp toes, dry ankles." This just means that the roots like to be moist. If growing in a container, set the pot in a tray of water and let them drink from the bottom up. They generally do not fair well indoors so make sure that they are in an area with plenty of sunlight.

When planning your garden area there are a number of things that you will need to keep in mind. You should understand what planting zone you are in and which plants will thrive in your region. Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. can help you to choose the perfect perennials for your specific region. We grow many hybrids and species in our gardens and offer a number of choices throughout the year. Feel free to browse our website for more information or contact us at Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. today.

After you buy your new pitcher plant, check out the video below to see how to maintain the foliage.

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