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I was gonna ask Jeff or Jacob but there on vacation so here is the question,  on there website they say they water there Darlingtonia twice a day on warm days, so I would like to know what do they consider  warm days ?  Being that Darlingtonia prefer cooler temps so that why I want yo know what they consider warm days. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

Hello Michael,

Since I am not affiliated with Sarracenia Northwest, I will not presume to answer for them concerning what they mean by "very warm days." For myself, I would think that something in the range of 85 degrees Fahrenheit and up to be very warm, but that is my subjective view.

In the case of watering Darlingtonia, more water movement is better than less. If in doubt, water some in the morning and some in the evening. In the end, the plants will be happier with the water movement over their roots. Darlingtonia are plants that grow near and on mountains and waterways, so there will be a lot of water movement under the soil around their roots. It is that part of the environment that must be simulated to some degree to ensure that water stagnation does not occur around the plant's roots.

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Christopher Littrell


I am capable of answering questions about the most common carnivorous plants found in cultivation. I have no personal experience with Byblis, Drosophyllum, Aldrovanda, and Heliamphora. I have not cultivated gemmae forming pygmy sundews nor tuberous sundews. For information regarding those aforementioned species, I would suggest contacting other experts. I can answer questions regarding most species of Nepenthes, tropical and temperate Drosera, Mexican Pinguicula, Sarracenias, and Dionaea. I have some limited experience with growing Utricularia, Cephalotus, and Darlingtonia.


I have grown carnivorous plants off and on for about 27 years. I have made the same mistakes and suffered the same mishaps that many growers make as they attempt to separate the myths from the realities of growing these plants. Currently, I am successfully growing a variety of tropical sundews, a Nepenthes, several Venus Flytraps of varying ages, and Sarracenias. I have been successful in stratifying Sarracenia seeds and providing artificial dormancy requirements for my temperate plants when needed.

I hold a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Over my lifetime, I have constantly read books involving the growing conditions of carnivorous plants. I hope to incorporate the educational aspects involved in psychology with teaching other people how to cultivate carnivorous plants.

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