Carnivorous Plants/sarracenia


Today I just cut of all the pitchers of of my sarracenia. Is it too early? I live in zone 9. Also what can I use for a soil mixture for it when I transplant it? I dont have perlite, but I do have peat moss.

Hi Eric,

Since you're in a warmer climate, there was probably no need to cut them early, but it won't hurt anything if you did.  Our days are short enough that your plants should be slowing down to stopping growth right now.  The best time to ask a question such as this is before you do the deed. :)

A good clean sand will work if you don't have perlite.  The concept here is that you want some kind of inert rock ingredient to help put air spaces in the peat moss.  Crushed lava rock such as scoria or pumice works too.  Just don't use anything that would add nutrients or change soil pH such as limestone or marble pieces.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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