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Thread: S. purpurea from Home Depot

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    S. purpurea from Home Depot

    I bought a couple of Sarracenia purpurea seedlings from Home Depot tonight. I thought I smelled fertilizer in their pots, so should I replace the growth media (looks like sphagnum moss, peat)?


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    Well, A: those definitely aren't purpurea.. and B: Yeah, I would prolly repot them into 50/50 peat/perlite..

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    The leaves do look too long, but that's what the label said. I don't mind good surprises.

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    The labels tend to be wrong from what I have noticed at lowes and home depot because I just bought sars that are marked as pururea but definitely are not.

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    What species did your plants turn out to be?

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    My guess is they are probably some sort of S. rubra...they probably mislabel them as "purple pitchers" even though that name is more common in regards to purps. That's the only other Sarr I know of Lowes selling, myself.
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    Pitcher plants are generically labeled Sarracenia purpurea. At one time this was all these companies sold.

    Some of the most common suppliers of carnivorous plants in California are Gublers, Booman Florals and Nurserymen's Exchange. Knowing who the supplier is could narrow down your choices. If it's Gublers or NME it's a high probability that they are S. 'Judith Hindle'. Booman's normally pot their plants in pure Canadian Sphagnum peat moss and are mature enough that you can usually identify the species unless it's one of their hybrids.
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    What a funny, sad couple of plants.
    I am sure you will enjoy seeing them shape up in your care.

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