Carnivorous Plants/Pitcher Plant


Pitcher Plant
Pitcher Plant  

Pitcher Plant Leaf
Pitcher Plant Leaf  
Hello, I am attempting to grow and care for my second pitcher plant and I am concerned as my first attempt failed. I have had my current plant for about a year now and the pitchers are growing like crazy which I am very happy with. However, my leaves are starting to change colors and do not look very good to me. I have also had to clip new leaves off that (at the soil level) turned brown and died. I believe I need to transplant but because I am not sure exactly what type of pitcher plant I have, I am not sure of which moss I should be using and I am afraid to re-pot now if my plant is sick. I live on the eastern Georgia coast and my plant has all day indirect sunlight hanging on a covered patio and I never let it dry out.I am also concerned if I re-pot now I could hurt my plant as the nights are starting to get down into the lower 60's now as it is beginning October.
On my last pitcher plant when this happened,the plant soon died. Again the pitchers are thriving and still making new ones frequently. Could you please tell me if I am doing something wrong or if there is something I need to be doing or if I am just being paranoid.
Thank you for all your help as I really do not want to loose this very lovely plant.

Hi Rachel,

What you have here is a Nepenthes x Miranda, a tropical pitcher plant from Southeast Asia.  Since most of your questions are basic care questions I'm going to direct you here first:  After you've had a chance to read through that, feel free to visit us back here at Allexperts if you have additional questions.

Here are some answers to your immediate questions.  The yellowing is because the leaves are too close to the fiberglass in your awning.  Most likely it's getting very hot right there when the sun is out and it's bleaching the leaves.  You usually see that in greenhouses when the plants are right next to the glass or plastic, or up high close to the ceiling.  Just move extend it down some and that should stop.

The type of moss to use for the soil is long-fiber sphagnum moss found at most garden centers in the orchid supplies.  It's good to mix some perlite with it to open it up some.  Nepenthes like to be damp, but not waterlogged.  For now, I'd wait until spring to repot since the disturbance will cause pitcher drop.

You also will need to consider moving the plant indoors soon.  When nights start getting into the 40's it's time to come inside.  Put it in a sunny window indoors.  A South window is best for winter.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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