Thursday, November 12, 2009

My pitcher plants pitchers are dying.. i put them outside in a pretty....?

nonlit area.. but with alot of humidity.. the leaves are fine but the pitchers died.. do you think it was from lack of sunlight? i had them in a window with alot of sun but low humidity.. i thought more moisture was more importatnt so i put them in my covered patio.. oops..

My pitcher plants pitchers are dying.. i put them outside in a pretty....?
how long do you have them for?

IF you just recieve them, allow the plant to accumulate to it's surrounding. It's NORMAL for the pitchers to die back, they will be replaced by new ones.

Reply:well to start your not meant to fill the pitches up with beer cause they do not like beer

try plant spikes and mericle grow
Reply:I really don't know much about these things but I had one for school last year and from what I heard you just dump lots of water on them.

I know I'm lame.
Reply:Don't know exactly which species you have but here is some info from a cool carnivorous plant site:

"As a planting medium, I recommend 50:50 sand:peat or Sphagnum kept wet year round. Do not repot the plants unless you really must, and if so, only do it during the spring or summer.

Sarracenia is a very easy genus of carnivorous plants to grow. Follow the general horticultural principles in this FAQ and you will succeed. If you follow these rules, the only special causes for failure that I hear about are due to lighting or seasonality errors.

Lighting errors: Sarracenia, especially the erect trumpet species, require extremely high sun. This means that they are not suited for terrarium culture. Simply put, do not try to grow Sarracenia in terraria or indoors. They will not get enough light. The only exceptions to this are Sarracenia purpurea, S. psittacina, S. rosea, or seedlings of most species. (It is pretty obvious these shorter plants are adapted to dealing with decreased sunlight because of overlying vegetation.) If your erect trumpet pitcher plants are all floppy and keep toppling, they are not getting enough light. The pitchers should be able to support their own weight.

Seasonality errors: Sarracenia expect a spring, summer, fall, and winter. During the spring, they flower. During the summer, they produce a crop of pitchers early in the season (S. leucophylla makes a second crop). During the fall, they just sit there (some species make modified, nontrapping leaves during this season). During the winter, the remains of the summer leaves slowly die back. Do not disturb the roots of Sarracenia during the fall or winter. I think it is signalled by cooler temperatures and/or decreased photoperiod/intensities, but I do not really know. You can take advantage of this slow season by trimming the leaves back as they die. Only trim off the dead stuff---never cut into living tissue. The species S. oreophila, S. rubra subsp. jonesii, and S. purpurea subsp. purpurea expect cold weather, even frosts, during the winter. If you keep your plants on a seasonal schedule, they will usually flower for you each spring. They are happy! "

Check out their FAQ area for further info, links for great pictures of pitchers (PUNNY!!), and lots of other great plants. Hope this clears up your problem! Enjoy.
Reply:how high humidity?? i think than any ambient air is too low humidity. where do you live? not necessarily a rainforest, but still too far from enough, probably. have them in closed tanks, like a terrarium or aquarioum with cover and allow just little opening, that is best for them. (i have them in large jars with holes in the lid or organic glass/ glass tanks).

usually the leaf tips where the pitchers develop (or pitchers themselves) start dieying off rihgt in the shop and you have to wait for new ones. actually it takes some time to die, so it probably is in response to the fact that you had them freely on the window, was it like this, with no protection whatsoever from ambient air??. believe me, just spraying is not enough, cause the effect lasts for only a while.

btw, you dont have any hygrometer at hand to check the humidity, do you? (if you have, it should read MINIMUM 60-70, and normal 80-90) - so try this. have som alt in open container. if it becomes sticky after a couple of days, the humidity is enough. if not, forget about having pitchers in ambient air, cause that is best way to lose the actual pitchers - cause any increase of temperature will decrease the humidity further. and that is precisely why sun can hurt them - like your indow. if the humidity is high, no problem. Actually i have seen them mainly at forest clearings, right in the sun, but it was so damp and humid there!

look up where they come from - what feels right for them feels unplesantly humid and damp to you, like you walk in botanical greenhouse and start panting and wiping your forhead. thats what they like.

Reply:Only water them with rain water or distilled water. These plants would normally be found in boggy areas w/ low mineral content in the soil. Thry capture insects to supplement the lack of soil minerals.
Reply:put them in a place where they can catch insects %26amp; feed


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