Full sun or very bright artificial light; recommended at least least six hours of direct light per day. You can grow them indoors on a very sunny windowsill or in a terrarium under grow lights but they generally do best outdoors. Also, if you grow them indoors be sure to provide them with a winter dormancy. Sometimes the lids of Sarracenia will slightly burn, this is the sweet nectar burning a bit in the hot sun, it is totally normal and nothing to worry about. More info about like can be reviewed here (Link).
Always keep them sitting in a tray with a few inches of distilled, rain or reverse osmosis water. Never let them dry out. More details on water here (Link).
Temperature and Dormancy:
These are warm-temperate plants meaning that they need warm summers and chilly winters. They should be grown outdoors year-round in areas with mild winters. They thrive in temperatures ranging from 20 degrees – 90 F degrees and can take a freeze or high temperature spike up to 100 F degrees for a brief period. If you live in an area with very cold winters, where night time temperatures drop below 20 degrees for sustained periods, you have three options for providing them with a winter dormancy. Dormancy is triggered by a combination of exposure to shorter photo periods and cooler temperatures in the 50-60’s F. While you can skip a dormancy period once or twice, long term your plant will begin to do poorly and will eventually die if you skip this crucial period.
- Option 1: Bring your plant(s) indoors to a sunny windowsill in an unheated room or garage where the night time temperatures will dip down into the 50-60 F. Leave it sitting in water during this period and put it outside again when outside temperatures increase.
- Option 2: The second option is to mulch them heavily outdoors. You will need to pack at least four inches of mulch on top of the plants and all around the sides to prevent winds from chilling them.
- Option 3: Remove the plants from their pots, gently clean the roots of soil, wrap the roots in a bit of damp long-fibered New Zealand sphagnum moss, place the plants in a seal-able bag and put the bag into the refrigerator. Leave them in the refrigerator from October to February, periodically checking on them to make sure they are still a bit moist and are not growing any fungus. Pot them back up in February.
All-purpose carnivorous soil mix (50/50 sphagnum peat moss/perlite). More soil info here (Link).
Feeding and Fertilizer:
When grown outdoors Sarracenia will catch plenty of food and do not need supplementation. You can still supplement with a foliar fertilizer. Apply Maxsea fertilizer once per month to the foliage and into the pitchers. Dilute 1/4 teaspoon of Maxsea into one gallon of water and then apply. More info here (Link) or you can purchase in my store (Link).