More Information About Sarracenia
Whether it's their unique foliage, fabulous flowers, or ability of the carnivorous pitcher plant to rid the world of unwanted insect pests, the Sarracenia is indeed a wonderful marginal aquatic perennial. All of the pitcher plants for sale at Plant Delights are nursery-propagated in an ethical manner, either from seed or tissue culture...no endangered native Sarracenia purpurea or Sarracenia flava populations were harmed in the production of our plants.
In the wild, Sarracenia species are bog plants that are found in moist meadows, swamps, and along the edges of bodies of water. In the garden, pitcher plant species prefer moist soils but do not require a bog to grow well. As a rule, they like damp toes but dry ankles.
Sarracenia plants can also be grown in a container that rests in a tray of water. Pitcher plants grow best outdoors in full sun and do not fare well indoors...except when used for a short time as conversation pieces for wild carnivourous plant parties. DO NOT feed your carnivorous pitcher plant with bits of meat, mundane table scraps, or chemical fertilizers. Even small amounts of fertilizer will burn sarracenia and the food scraps will cause the pitchers to rot. Sarracenia's consumption of insects is an afterthought, not a requirement. In the wild, Sarracenia plants grow in sandy/peat-based nutrient-poor soils with a pH between 3 and 4.
Many of our hybrid Sarracenia for sale here at Plant Delights come from the breeding program of Dr. Larry Mellichamp (UNCC) and the late Rob Gardner (UNCBG). They crossed the short Sarracenia purpurea (purple pitcher plant) with taller species like Sarracenia flava and Sarracenia leucophylla to create novel hybrid pitcher plants that resist the urge to topple over like many of the tall wild species do. Their pitcher plant crosses come in a wide variety of colors and forms. When you are ready to buy pitcher plants, check out our list of pitcher plants for sale.
Check out our video on how to prune Sarracenia