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Thread: New to carnivorous plants - how much water for pitcher plants?

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    Yeap sounds pretty good. For your future pots/mini bogs I would also consider creating a "self watering pot" as they're pretty awesome and low on maintenance. I use them all the time when I travel Plus if you use some insect screen you can keep mosquitoes from having extra breeding grounds. They're fairly easy and a fun, cheap diy project!

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    Sarracenia, North American Drosera, and Dionaea tend to enjoy more water than other plants, generally. They DO come from bogs, after all! Just keep the pot (preferably with drain holes in the bottom) in a tray and keep about one to one and a half inches of pure water in it. I use a tray no taller than that so that when it rains there isn't too much water in the bottom. Either that or you could cut a notch in it at the one-point-five inch mark so that it'll drain if it gets too high, just like in Heliamphora.

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    It was a dark and stormy night...

    So in a lull in the lightning, I went out and rescued the pot from the storm, tipped out the flood and brought it into my bathroom. So I could close the door and keep my dirt eating schnuazer and nosey cats out of it.



    Judith Hindle and s. leucophylla 'red ruffles'



    Hooded pitcher plant, s. minor purpurea var heterophylla


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    Your plants look great! I am jealous of your minor hybrid.

    I definitely agree with the hole drilled in the pot, but I would drill holes in the bottom and set the pot in a tray. That way you can flush out the media periodically by top watering. This keeps minerals and all out of your media.

    Speaking of minerals, I am personally not fond of play sand for carnivorous plants because of the potentially high mineral content. Since you let it soak for a few days you might be better off, but I would definitely drill holes so you can thoroughly flush out the soil. These plants do not like high mineral content in their water and media.

    If you see your plants growing oddly that is a potential sign of mineral burn from the play sand, but I say try it for now and worry if it comes down to it later.

    Again, they look great!
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    I'll put the drilling at the top of my son's list of things he does for me.

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    I always drill holes in the bottom of my pots. Less chance for weeds to get in that way. The only setup I have that doesn't have bottom drain holes is the bog garden, which is a modified pond liner. Sarracenia like a lot of water, but sitting in stagnant water can cause root rot. Bogs have water that slowly circulates, which keeps oxygen circulating to the roots.

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    Welcome to the forums! It's good for the plants to have moist medium, but not as much as those in the pics.

    good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    ...Bogs have water that slowly circulates, which keeps oxygen circulating to the roots.
    Thankfully water in trays (usually) evaporates quickly due to its high surface area that sunlight can hit. At least, that's what happens with me. That prompts me to add new water. I'm not sure how things are for anyone else, but my plants love it.

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