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Sorry about not being clear before, but the plants conditions are, during the spring and summer, I keep the plant outside on a porch with little shade, it gets water from rain and I water it with distiller water, for dormancy, I put it in the garage where it still gets a little light, and doesn't get colder than 32 degrees. An animal can get to it, (my dog), but it has never put up new pitchers with red tops before, I looked at it again and I found another red pitcher emerging.

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Hi Jack,

Essentially your plant is coming out of dormancy.  It's not uncommon for pitchers to be reddish when they first emerge.  The important thing right now is to make sure your plant is getting full sun.  It's guessing it's a bit cold right now to have your plant totally outdoors, but by the end of the month you may be able to.  Try to keep it in the sunniest window possible.  Once you put it outside make sure it's in a full sun location.  Sarracenia pitcher plants need the same amount of sun you would give a vegetable garden.  The location should have no less than 6 ours of uninterrupted sun during the later spring and summer.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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