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Q.How To Care For A Baby Pitcher Plant Indoors?

Zone Des Moines, Iowa 50313 | MollyCat9 added on January 15, 2023 | Answered

I recently purchased a baby pitcher plant at a local nursery. It is just starting to create pitchers so there’s no way for it to fertilize itself. I have it in a glass bowl with peat moss and water – I’m trying to imitate a bog situation. The room gets to about 60° at night and I have a little heater going for about 12 hours during the day. Am I doing this right? Is there something else I should be doing? Please help me because everything I’ve read has to do with pitcher plants that are already big enough to catch its prey and nothing to do with very young pitcher plants.

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Answered on January 16, 2023

These are a little different from Flytraps. They do not, typically, reside in a bog. These will reside in rainforest tree top settings, where it is quite humid.

The best way for these to be grown will be in a mixture of long fiber sphagnum moss and perlite. These are best hung, and watered constantly, while being sprayed with water if humidity does not remain high.

A quarter strength liquid fertilizer may need to be sprayed on them until they are large enough to catch their own food, as well, although they can usually make it long enough to grow the first pitcher.

Here is an article that will give you some information on the general care of the plant:


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