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    Shouldn't my purpurea be purple & other questions

    I've got my first S. purpurea from Lowes a month or two ago. It was just about completely green when I got it but cold air and bright light hath done it's magic and the latest pitcher is the reddest of all. I like it but shouldn't it be "purple"?



    Also, I notice that unlike Nepenthes these don't seem to self fill with fluid. Should I be putting some R/O in them to make them have moisture in the funnel? How long can I leave this in a 2 .5" W x 5" deep pot of LFS? Repot when i move it outdoors in spring to a 4" or bigger?

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    It may never get completely purple or as purple as some specimens out there but it looks like it can still get a bit more red. Here's a purp from Lowes I picked up a few years ago. Newer pitchers colored up over the course of a few days/weeks but never really hit a deep purple.

    As for filling the pitchers with water you can, in the wild they keep the rainwater they catch so adding some water certainly wouldnt hurt, especially during feeding as purps heavily rely on bacteria to decompose their prey. You can repot it anytime really, that pot looks like it'll only do for a little while. Are you growing in pure LFS or is that just a top layer?

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    beautiful plants...

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    Typically they are more red than purple.

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    S. purpurea uses rainwater to fill its pitchers. Many purpurea hybrids show this trait as well.
    Like French, I'm also curious about the LFS. Do you plan to let that pot drain free in between waterings?
    In my experience, LFS decays quickly when submerged (the dried stuff - for some reason the dead end of a live colony seems able to endure.) Also, once it decays or compacts it's a pain to disentangle from the plant's roots when you go to repot, since it has those wiry stem fibers. It's just not very good for Sarracenia. If you can't replace it with peat, I suggest adding lots of perlite/APS/etc.
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    Sarracenia purpurea ssp purpurea tend to be darker purple than S. purpurea ssp venosa and S. rosea. I have a S. purpura ssp purpurea from NY State that gets almost black under good lighting conditions.
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    Black? Wow. Mine only seem to darken up when the cold comes around, but then I don't have the best light, either.
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    Yes, it free drains, I'm growing it rather like a HL Nep or Heli, "just to see what happens".

    Nice to know mine could get darker/redder. I haven't fed it at all yet since there's no water in the pitchers. I'll add some (water) on my next day off.

    I know peat seems to be the preferred medium but I don't really like it. So will it be a terrible idea to continue using a blend of LFS and shredded mulch when I move it to a bigger container so long as I don't let it sit in water?

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