Adult Sweet Trumpet Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia Rubra)

Adult Sweet Trumpet Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia Rubra)


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Ease to Grow: Easy.
Dormancy: Suggested.
Native Range: Wet Pocosins of coastal Southeastern North America.
Zones: 6-9 (5-9).

The Sweet Trumpet, Sarracenia rubra is medium height with traps that resemble S. alata or a narrower, shorter S. flava; often displaying copper coloration. It has a network of fine red reticulated veins (vertical veins connected by fine smaller veins), unlike the pin stripe veins in S. alata. The upper part of the tubes contain faint areoles (windows). The hood is twice as long as it is wide, and grows close to the tube opening. Spring traps tend to grow with a curve. Its best traps are in late Summer and Fall. S. rubra is a prolific grower, spreading quickly and forming dense clusters of tubes. It prefers open, very wet conditions, but readily adapts to a variety of bog conditions, including tolerance of drier conditions. The distinguishing characteristic of this plant is its small, red, sweetly fragrant flowers. It produces more flowers than any other Sarracenia. They generally bloom from April to May before the pitchers fully develop. Flower stalks and sepals last through the year, resembling reddish green daffodils. It is an excellent addition to any bog garden.

Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. In it’s dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant rhizome with trimmed off pitchers. Photographs are representative of the species, and not the specific plant shipped. Veining and coloration may vary because these are a seed strain.

Height: 8″ – 12″.
Plant Type: Perennial, temperate.
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the bog garden, greenhouse and indoors.

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Sarracenia pitcher plants can be grown successfully in captivity with the right care and conditions. Here are the general steps for growing Sarracenia pitcher plants in captivity:

  1. Choose the right container: Sarracenia plants need to be grown in containers that are at least 8 inches deep and have good drainage. Plastic or ceramic pots with drainage holes are suitable.
  2. Use the right soil: Sarracenia plants prefer a soil that is a mixture of peat moss and perlite. You can also add sand or vermiculite to improve drainage.
  3. Provide the right amount of light: Sarracenia plants need plenty of bright, direct sunlight to thrive. A south-facing window or a well-lit outdoor location is ideal.
  4. Water properly: Sarracenia plants need to be kept moist, but they do not like to be waterlogged. Water them regularly, and make sure the soil is never allowed to dry out completely.
  5. Provide humidity: Sarracenia plants prefer a humid environment. You can provide humidity by placing a tray of water near the plants or by using a humidifier.
  6. Fertilize sparingly: Sarracenia plants do not require much fertilizer, and too much can actually harm them. Use a fertilizer that is formulated for carnivorous plants, and apply it sparingly.
  7. Watch for pests: Sarracenia plants can be susceptible to pests such as aphids and spider mites. Check the plants regularly for signs of infestation, and treat them promptly if necessary.

By following these steps, you can grow healthy and thriving Sarracenia pitcher plants in captivity.


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