A spectacular carnivorous plant hiding a horrible secret (if you’re an insect!), the Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia spp.) is easy to grow and a striking conversation starter in the garden (or indoors). Did we mention they eat insects too? Even small frogs can sometimes become prey. Unlike the tropical pitcher plants, Sarracenias will do well in cool to temperate climates, and make easy-to-grow container plants.

How to grow pitcher plants in a pot

  1. Choose a pot up to twice the size of the selected plant. Position in a very well lit, protected area and fill with a low nutrient quality growing media, such as Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix with some sphagnum moss mixed in.
  2. To further assist with soil moisture retention, mix in some Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals into the growing media.
  3. Remove the plant from its container, minimising disturbance to the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Water in very well, but allow to drain freely. 
  5. Move indoor plants outdoors into a sheltered position over winter as they enter dormancy, watering can be reduced during this time (only just enough to keep the soil moist).

Growing tips

  • If insects are few and far between, you can try some Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food, in a light spray directly onto foliage (avoid applying to growing media). This should only be done once a year, after dormancy has ended in spring.
  • Drainage is more critical when growing indoors, but never let the potting media dry out.
  • Avoid using water with high levels of dissolved minerals (‘hard water’). Clean rainwater is often ideal, where available or alternatively use deionised water.

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Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.

Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food

Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food is a complete fertilizer that provides all types of orchids with the balanced nutrition they need, including potassium to encourage beautiful blooms, plus manganese, iron and copper which are ideal for your pot grown orchids.