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Thread: How do you make a S. purpurea flower?!?!

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    I have a S. purpurea (not sure if it's ssp. venosa or ssp. purpurea) and I have been growing it outside. This is its 2nd winter with us. I originally got it from Lowes, and I quickly repotted it. It has been growing and pitchering nicely. Though, how old does it need to be to flower? And are there tricks to make it flower? (By the way, it catches lots of bugs, so I'm sure it has enough energy to make a flower.

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    I think I had mine around eight years before it flowered for the first time. I bought it as a very small juvenile plant. There is no secret to getting them to flower. Just like all sarras they will do it when they are ready. So long as they get a good dormancy and are mature they have as much chance of flowering as any other sarra.

    One way to tell which you have is to feel the outside of the pitcher. If it is hairy it is ssp venosa if it is smooth, hairless and shiny it is ssp purpurea

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    Ok, thank you. I think my plant is a ssp. purpurea. Right now it's kinda frozen, since I forgot to bury its pot in the ground, so I had to put it into a garage. And also, how do I know when to repot it? Right now it's in about a 4" pot. I put it into it last year after it came outta dormancy. Should I repot it? Like into a 6" pot?
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    You should only need to repot it if
    a) it has not been repotted for about three years
    B) if the pot is filling the pot so there is no space for new pitchers
    c) if the plant is starting to look uncomfortably large and top heavy in the pot its in

    If it was only potted last year and the pot its in does not look too small for it I would leave it where it is. I think pitchers do much better and are much sturdier when left undisturbed.

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    Ok, thank you once again.
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    Following usual known rules, from seed to flowering size is generally considered to take 5 to 7 years. If home grown seedlings, under lights 24/7 for 2 full years, 4 to 6 years to maturity.
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    Well, I think that for baby Sarracenia seedlings (up to two years of age), you can grow them for longs periods of time under growlights, w/o dormancy. Not sure how or why though.
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