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    Is there any hope of saving my Sarracenia Minor?

    My Sarracenia Minor is on life support. I'm not sure what's wrong. I have it growing in a peat/perlite mix with the top 1/2 inch being pure peat. I water it with distilled water. And it gets several hours of direct sun a day. About a month or two, it shot up a flower which is blooming now. However, the leaves are dying and turning brown.

    Is there any hope of saving my Sarracenia Minor? What's wrong?

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    Are those pitchers from this season? If they're from last, then browning is pretty normal.

    Have you changed it's location recently?
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    Yes, many of the leaves from the year before will stay green past the flowers and then start to turn brown. Some may even last even after the new pitcher leaves open.

    Trim them off or trim just the brown parts or leave them be until new pitchers arrive. It's up to you what you want to do.

    Your flower stalk looks a touch wilted. Are you keeping the pot in standing waater?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theyellowdart View Post
    Are those pitchers from this season? If they're from last, then browning is pretty normal.

    Have you changed it's location recently?
    The pitchers are from this season. They developed about a month ago and immediately started browning

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    Your flower stalk looks a touch wilted. Are you keeping the pot in standing waater?
    I taped over the holes in the pot so it's now an undrained pot. That allows me to water less. I water it to the point of being waterlogged, and then I don't water again for several days
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    From the looks of it and what you've mentioned my guess is that there's not enough water. I always leave my bogs waterlogged. The medium looks like it's shrinking from the edges of the pot which means there's water loss. You should consider building a larger bog and putting all your sarrs together. That way you can over water and be good for a day or two.

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    I don't know what to tell you. I've had a S. purpurea ssp venosa and a S. minor crash on me soon after coming out of dormancy. They grew like gang busters the year before. Same thing, new leaves would fully open then start to turn brown soon after. New leaves kept getting smaller and smaller until nothing. Maybe they were kept too wet too soon.

    It could be there is mineral build up in your pots. Unplug the holes and flush the media out thoroughly several times. Then put a tube down near the edge of the pot that's wide enough that you can see the water level. Plug the holes again and keep the water level an inch or more below the top of the medium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad View Post
    I taped over the holes in the pot so it's now an undrained pot. That allows me to water less. I water it to the point of being waterlogged, and then I don't water again for several days
    That could be the problem. In the wild, sarracenia are often found partially or completely submerged in water. They absolutely need to be sitting in water. The more, the better.

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    They absolutely need to be sitting in water.
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