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I just repotted my vft and purple pitcher plant and moved them from inside to outside.  They were in sphagnum peat moss that was a bit slimy.  I rinsed them really well after removing every bit I could of the old medium and put them in your soil mix.  What if any signs of shock should I look for?  The fly trap seems OK but the three new leaves that came in on the pitcher plant while it was still in the house are starting to feel dry and brittle.

The symptoms you described could be the result of transplant shock, but there are other factors that can contribute to those same symptoms.  I also don't know what your conditions were like inside your home and what it is outside your home.  If the transition was severe, it would be an acclimation issue rather than transplant shock.  (Transplant shock is really excessive root disturbance.)

Whether it's acclimation or transplant shock, both require time for the plant to recover.  Based solely on the information you provided, the most I can recommend is to give your plant time and grow your plants as recommended in our care guides (  You'll need to sacrifice the dry brittle leaves and wait for new growth.  With a purple pitcher (Sarracenia purpurea), it may be 1-2 months before you see a new leaf.

Good growing!
Jacob Farin  

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