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PostSubject: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 11:15 am

i couldnt find any healthy fly traps so i got a pithcher plant instead.
anyone know how to look after them? i read on a forum that i wont trust, that they hate standing in water and die and need to be kept indoors... which is the opposite of VFTs... anyone know a good care sheet or has ckept em before??
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 11:25 am

sonias dad has a few ill ask him for you later if nobody else has answered

Do not allow them to dry out completely. They benefit from moist media and occasional flooding to wash away any accumulated salts. Use relatively clean water such as rain, distilled or purified water.
just found that aswell
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 12:38 pm

lol... i just read the caresheet you quoted from and have re potted it and made it more humid and i think it will be ok...


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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 12:49 pm

im sure it will be lol
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 2:08 pm

i've got 2 of them, both north american, and I keep them in a inch or two of standing water, and they seem to be doing fine. I keep mine indoors up here because it sometimes gets REALLY windy during the night. and they seem to be fine indoors. I don't feed them since they get enough food on the windowstill. and I think they like it warm.
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 2:18 pm

scotland would be a bit cold for them aswell haha
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 2:23 pm

you got that right, lol.
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 3:16 pm

im definately keeping mine indoors...we cant even get non-tropical plants to grow outside. maybee if i can grow some more plants from cuttings i will try to introduce them into my garden... nah.. ill just use them to keep the population of escaped crickets in my reptile/invert room... theyv already got a roach, a cricket (which i havent kept for months and were loose in the house, i dont know ow the roach got out) and milions of fruit flys.
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 3:24 pm

lol, I've found a few random thingsin my plants too.
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 4:17 pm

a fly trap that i put outside when it was raining managed to catch a small frog, and i have never found any more than that one in my garden even though i have a pond...its wierd.
anyway, i rescued the frog and its still alive today in my pond. the cats have brought it in a few times Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 4:19 pm

I wish I had a pond in my back garden.... Sad

you can find so much cool stuff in ponds.
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/8/2008, 4:24 pm

not in a raised one... nothing can be bothered to climb in there so im planning to put some newts and frog spawn in there because they will try to get back.
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/9/2008, 10:12 am

AAAAAAAAA, DON'T REPOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unless you are using NUTRIENT-FREE soil (i.e., nothing but coco-fiber, peat, vermiculite, and / or perlite), your plant will DIE.

Now, as for the care, it depends VERY MUCH on whether you have a North American pitcher plant or an Asian pitcher plant.

North American pitcher plants look like big tubes sticking straight out of the ground -- they HAVE to be kept outdoors year-round (without a winter dormancy each year they WILL die) and in 2 inches of standing water. Scotland isn't too cold for them -- they can freeze solid and be fine the next spring (if you're worried, then put a layer of mulch around them for insulation).

Asian pitcher plants look like big green houseplants with a pitcher hanging from a tendril off of the end of the leaves that bear traps. They need to be kept indoors unless you live in a tropical environment.

All caresheets can be found here.

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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/9/2008, 12:12 pm

yay!! i can keep it indoors!! and i did use cocofibre but ran out about 95% of the way up the pot so i topped it off with pesticide free compost. it was already in compost in the shop but was ok... its only getting pure rainwater.
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/9/2008, 3:09 pm

So you have an Asian pitcher plant, then? Those are pretty sweet.

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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/9/2008, 3:24 pm

you seem to know lots about these! do you really put water in the actual pitchers or is this a myth. i havent because even though most caresheets say that you should i saw a few that say you shouldnt because they wouldnt in the wild because they have cap things that stop rain getting in.
do i have to keep them under a heat light and do i have to put them in the fridge for the winter?
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/9/2008, 3:27 pm

oh! and they are N. alata if this helps?
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PostSubject: Re: pitcher plant   9/9/2008, 3:28 pm

Check the link I posted. Tropical plants need it warm year-round, temperate plants need winter dormancy. If it's Asian pitchers you have, then they need it tropical.

If you don't have a fluorescent light over them, keep them in a sunny window.

Don't put water in the traps -- they secrete the insect-drowning fluids themselves. And yes, the cap prevents rainwater from getting in. (A few primitive species from Australia actually rely on rain to fill their traps, but most prevent it.)

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