Sarracenia ‘Velvet’

R169.00

Like its taller parent, but in miniature form. With its undulating hood and intricate patterns of red, white, and green, many people are captivated by the very decorative and elegant appearance.

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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.