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Purple Pitcher Plant

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    Default Purple Pitcher Plant

    or Sarracenia purpurea.

    I grow this potted in sphag and in my bog garden for summer. In the winter, I bring it inside, but keep it cold. I've had this for a year now. These are all old pitchers from last year, therefore a bit crispy around the edges. You can see the new growth and new plants forming near the center. These also have really beautiful flowers a bit later in the spring.


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    Whoa! That's awesome! I love the red on them!

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    As plants go, they're pretty weird!

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    Very unusual.
    I used to grow Sarracenias a long while ago.There are some really amazing hybrids now.

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    Kev-

    That is way cool....thanks for posting it. Just how cold do you keep in winter and how much light does it need? (Wondering if it could be a full time indoor houseplant?)

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    I didn't follow the rules people gave me for overwintering it. Everyone said to keep it very cold and in the dark. I kept it in my back hallway, near an east window. The temps were usually around 50 and sometimes lower. I don't think you would want to keep it as a houseplant all winter, but I'm not sure. I think some folks keep them in the fridge for winter.

    I also kept a white pitcher plant the same way and it is also doing great.

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    That is so interesting! I love the red and green--nice contrast!

    Do you feed it bugs or something? It'll be quite interesting to see an insect get eaten up by a pitcher. Great way for taking revenge on insects, for their awful deeds such as chewing holes in orchid leaves, etc...

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    You don't feed 'em or fertilize them AT ALL. That will kill them quickly (fertilizer). The pitchers are filled with rainwater. Bugs somehow get in there and are slowly digested by the plant. In a way, they're kind of like stomachs.

    By the end of the summer, the pitchers are filled with all sorts of dead bugs. It's very cool.

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    Does that mean you can't keep them inside (ie, no bugs)?

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    You can keep them inside for winter when they're dormant. They're not houseplants. They really should be outside in the summer.

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