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Thread: how does Sarracenia wrigleyana get liquid in pitcher?

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    how does Sarracenia wrigleyana get liquid in pitcher?

    when i got mine it seemed like there was no liquid in the pitchers, but if i shine light behind them i can see shadows, most likely dead bugs. i was wondering if they produce enzymes themself when something gets trapped? or maybe they rely on bacteria in water? do i need to add some water into the pitchers? by the way i keep them in a inch of water and i do mist them dayly.

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    They produces it themselves. No need to mist them. Just think, in the wild, there's nothing to put water into its pitchers..except rain possibly. I don't know how the hybrid looks like.
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    Wrigleyana looks similar to psittacina.

    Rain cannot enter the pitchers, but doesn't need to - digestive juices are secreted by the pitchers.

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    are the juices always inside the plant? or do they only produce it when its caught prey?

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    They only produce it when they've caught prey. Not much is produced - just enough to absorb the insides of the insects. It's more economical to keep it to a minimum.

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