Sarracenia ‘Fiona’

R169.00

‘Fiona’ is a carnivorous perennial, producing a rosette of upright, hooded pitchers that emerge pink and pale green, maturing to wine red. Dark red flowers are produced in spring.

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  • These plants get their name from their pitcher-shaped leaves.
  • They capture insects by producing nectar along the rim of their pitchers.
  • When an insect starts to lick up the nectar, it tries to get more by reaching in the pitcher.
  • When it loses its footing, it falls right in!
  • The inside walls of the pitcher are very smooth, so insects are not able to crawl out.
  • They also can’t fly out because there isn’t any airlift in a tube!
  • Eventually, the insect dies, and as it decomposes, the plant absorbs its nutrients right through its leaves.

FEEDING/FERTILIZER REQUIREMENT

  • Never add fertilizer.
  • Feed them small insects if they appear unhealthy.

LIGHT REQUIREMENT

  • During the growing season, grow your Sarracenia outside in the full sun with 6 or more hours of direct sunlight, for vigorous growth.
  • If full sun is not possible, provide a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight with bright indirect light during the rest of the day.
  • Such a plant won’t be as vibrantly colored as one grown in full sun, but they can still grow more/less healthily.

WATER REQUIREMENT

  • Place the pots in a tray filled with 1-2cm of distilled water or rainwater, adding water to the tray rather than top watering.
  • These are bog plants, and the growing media should be kept moist throughout the growing season.

SOIL REQUIREMENT

  • Use a soil mixture of 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite.
  • Never use potting soil, compost or fertilizer; these ingredients will kill your plants.