Carnivorous Plants/clay pots


Can I grow my sarracenia in clay pots?

We recommend using plastic pots whenever possible.  The reason for this is because it retains soil moisture better and it doesn't breakdown when sitting in water.  

You can use clay pots, but we generally recommend them for growers in very dry, desert climates.  The pots allow better evaporation, which helps keep the soil cool during the summer months.  The downside is that the pots will breakdown when sitting in water.  They have to be replaced every couple years.

So it's a judgement call on your part on whether the aesthetics of clay pots outweigh their disadvantages.

Good growing!
Jacob Farin

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