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    Sarracenia purpurea or is it?

    Hi all,

    Today I have purchased my second (and third but more in another thread about it) carnivorous plant.
    I believe that the plant was mislabeled as its label said Sarracenia sp. and though I have no clue what it means, from the looks of it the plant resembles S. purpurea instead.

    It is planted in pure peat moss in small 3" plastic pot covered with clear plastic top.

    I have filled the the pitchers with purified distilled water (MilliQ ) and plan on removing the cover ones I get home. Also, I have a larger pot filled with thoroughly washed (individually) and microwaved (in the pot sterilized with 3% peroxide) mixture of 1:1 peat:silica sand mixture and plan on repotting the plant in it. I will remove the plant with its original soil intact and replant as is.

    Below are the pictures of the plant.
    I would appreciate if someone could comment on my suspicion regarding the name and my repotting plants.
    I also bought Garden Safe Neem Oil extract insecticide/fungicide. Should I spray the soil with it as a precaution?

    Additionally, currently there are frozen bloodworms in my fridge and betta bites pellets.
    Can these be used to feed the plant, or do I need to buy small meal-worms or something from a pet store to feed the plant something alive to trigger the digestion mechanism?

    Thank you





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    S. purpurea, S. rosea, S. montana, etc.. are my favorite kinds of sarrs. I just can't get enough of that short squat pitcher shape.
    But other than that.. I can't comment much.

    [Edit: The particular taxonomic status of the plants you mention, of course, are quite highly debated. Being variously referred to as species, subspecies, varieties, or other, depending on who you talk to.]
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-19-2011 at 09:48 PM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment - plant names are singular and plural, as written

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    It _is_ Sarracenia purpurea. Generally vendors will get a generic genus sticker for their plants that covers all the various species - since they have generally the same requirements.
    Yours looks like S. purpurea subsp. purpurea.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-19-2011 at 09:50 PM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment
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    That would be S. purpurea subsp. venosa "red form"...I have one just like it.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-19-2011 at 09:51 PM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment - abbreviation for subspecies is "subsp." for plants, "ssp." for animals
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    Thank you all. Any comments in regards to replanting, desinfection and feeding?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exo View Post
    That would be S. purpurea subsp. venosa "red form"...I have one just like it.
    It looks too narrow to be S. purpurea subsp. venosa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    Thank you all. Any comments in regards to replanting, desinfection and feeding?

    Thank you in advance!
    Probably no disinfection needed unless you actually see a problem


    As far as replanting..I find that pure peat of LFS actually works well for this species.

    Feeding wise?....some bloodworms in the pitchers would probably not be a bad idea...S.pupurea digests by bacteria, so no special movement is needed to trigger it.
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    Ok I'll try that today. So peat:sand is not a good idea?

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