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Sarracenia Flava
Sarracenia Flava  
Hello. I have a many Sarracenia Flava plants in one pot outside in San Jose, California. It has gone out of dormancy and is growing flower stalks. But, it is not pitchering yet. When it does pitcher, they are very small and the rim is thin. It also doesn't seem to have a lot of enzymes either. Is this due to non-maturity or to low humidity?

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Thanks for uploading the photo.  This helps me out a lot.  First, you should clip off all the older leaves from last season.  This will expose the new growth to sunlight.  Right now, all the older, brown leaves are shading the new growth, which results in thin pitchers.  Thin pitchers are a classic symptom of low light.  So also make sure your pot is located in the sunniest location of your yard.  It should get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.  

I recommend that you watch our monthly podcasts.  We show growers what to do each month and what they can expect from their plants.  We didn't produce a video for March, but February's podcast is very much applicable for your situation.  It'll show you what we mean by cutting off the older growth.
http://youtu.be/ZeNwNZZC6JE

For additional information, you can also read our care sheets for growing Saracenia.
http://www.cobraplant.com/caresheets

Good growing!
Jacob Farin

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