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Thread: Cutting back dormant Sarr pitchers

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    I usually cut all of the old leaves off around March, when burns usually take place. If it wouldn't freak out my neighbors so much, I'd set the old leaves on fire. But like I said, neighbors freak out easily.

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    +1 to everything Scotty said. In addition removing dead material reduces growth of fungus and places for pesky critters like mealybugs and light brown apple moth larvae to hide. And while pitchers do photosynthesize their main business is to trap and digest prey which they do better than photosynthesis. The relationship is obviously reversed with phyllodia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SgtSarracenia View Post
    Yes I know this question is premature, but it is driving me nuts thinking about it after looking at my own plants and from pics. When Sarrs go into dormancy and pitchers dry out, how far should they be trimmed down? I cannot find anything that even suggests an answer, but it seems that there are no two people that trim them back to the same length or same place on the pitcher.

    Thanks for looking and any help would be appreciated.
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