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Questions About Pitcher Plants

Asked by
Retiredmmn on
September 5, 2014

Q. The pitchers on my pitcher plant are all dying

It had a lot of baby pitchers but they all died also. The actual plant is thriving and has gotten big.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 6, 2014
A.

I don't know if your plant is in the ground or in a pot, or if you just got it or have had it for years, or what variety of pitcher plant it is. All these factors affect it's behavior. However, in general, plants that have plenty of foliage but not enough flowers are usually suffering from either not enough sunlight, or too much nitrogen in the soil. Therefore, you can try increasing the light, and not fertilizing (if you are fertilizing.) Also, you can try increasing the drainage of the soil; although they like damp boggy places, especially if the plant is in a pot, the roots may be too wet. Here's some information on pitcher plants that may provide some clues: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pitcher-plants/pitcher-plant-fertilizer.htm

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Asked by
Mariam7 on
December 2, 2015

Q. Is a Nepenthaceae pitcher plant acid loving?

Is a pitcher plant one that likes acidic soil?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
December 3, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

You need a neutral, porous, low fertility mix.
Tree fern bark, chopped fir bark, long fiber sphagnum moss, peat moss and perlite are all good choices and mixes.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pitcher-plants/growing-pitcher-plants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 22, 2016

Q. Brown pitchers

Pitchers are completely brown on my pitcher plant. Why is this?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 23, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Some of the reasons for brown pitches are the age of the plant, over-watering, or other environmental reasons such as soil acidity, lighting, and humidity levels.

You can read about the above in more detail at the following article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pitcher-plants/pitcher-plant-yellow-or-brown.htm

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Asked by
Suzette Calcote on
April 3, 2016

Q. Nepenthes no pitcher & dried leaves

My nepenthes has lost its pitchers and the some of the vines and leaves are dried up and brown. I use only rain and distilled water. It gets bright light but no direct sun. Help!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 4, 2016
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 30, 2016

Q. pitcher plant not producing any pitchers

I live in Pennsylvania. My plant was doing great last summer. I brought it indoors for the winter and removed all of the dead pitchers. This spring I put the plant back outside but no new pitchers are forming.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 31, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Does the plant look healthy otherwise? How does the foliage look - is it growing new leaves?

Under what conditions was it stored over winter? Was it in a garage or unheated basement? Pitcher plants require a period of dormancy in order to stay healthy.

For more information on pitcher plant care, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pitcher-plants/growing-pitcher-plants.htm

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Asked by
Chris86 on
June 19, 2016

Q. Pitcher Plant Nepenthes

My pitcher plant came with already 2 small pitchers but yellow leaves. I have two questions (and we have distilled water, indirect sunlight, the specified moss, a mister, etc).

1. Why the yellow leaves and will putting it in more shady/indirect sunlight help it?
2. Why won’t the pitchers open? It is a baby plant, but when do you think the pitchers will open? I am a little worried.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 20, 2016
Certified Expert
Asked by
patricia2 on
November 2, 2016

Q. pitcher plant

I purchased a pitcher plant in the spring. It was lovely. I watered it, and it seems fine. Put it near a bright window. As winter approached, it started turning brown and the pitchers started drying up. I moved it to a warmer area near a window. It still isn’t doing well. The entire plant is turning brown. What do I do?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 3, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

These plants are not recommended to grow indoors.
These articles will refresh you on the care instructions.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pitcher-plants/growing-pitcher-plants.htm

https://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/Articles.asp?ID=258

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